This is the tune of Metro law enforcement and Ragnar Relay officials as the annual race and the TSSAA high school football tournament collide once again at MCHS. Runners will travel through Lynchburg on Friday and Saturday as they make the trek from Chattanooga to Nashville.
Last year, the Relay caused a bit of a dust-up in Lynchburg as runners and Raider fans collided following the Raiders first round state playoff loss to Nashville Christian School. As the game let out, many runners traveled near the high school causing traffic delays and several near misses.
“Drivers need to be very aware of runners the night of Nov. 9,” said Sheriff Mark Logan in the Metro Council meeting.
“Last year, it was just dumb luck that the game let out as runners came through but we had a mess.”
On Friday night, the Raiders will play the second round game at Raider Stadium.
197-mile Running Relay
The event is an overnight running relay meant to test runners as team sport, according to their website. This year, 12 teams of runners have signed up to run the 197-mile course. Teams made up of 6-12 individuals each run three legs of the relay, which vary in difficulty and distance allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over two days and one night, teams run 200 miles.
On the night of Nov.9, runners will enter the Moore County on Mansford Road and continue down Chestnut Ridge Road (Chestnut Hill Road), Lost Creek Road, Beech Hill Road, Tanyard Hill Road, Mulberry Street, Mechanic Avenue, Main Street and Highway 55 before making at exchange at MCHS. They will then turn on Highway 82 and continue on into Bedford County. There will be three exchange points in Moore County: Lost Creek Boat Launch, Wiseman Park and Moore County High School.
“We anticipate the first runner to enter Moore County at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, and the last runner to leave the county by 5 a.m. on Saturday,” said race representative Leslie Keener.
As such, Moore County drivers – especially those planning to attend the MCHS state playoff game at Raider Stadium – should be very aware of runners.