Nearly 1,500 runners will take to the streets of Lynchburg and rural Moore County this Saturday as the annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon returns to town.
The fifth annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile run which starts just off the Lynchburg square and finishes on the Lynchburg square. The 13.1 mile run winds through the Moore County countryside.
The run will start at 8 a.m. and all of the runners/walkers should be off the course by noon.
Race officials from the MachTenn Running Club were in town Sunday passing out flyers in locations that will be affected by the event and the additional traffic and congestion that it brings along with it.
In addition, in the note, organizers added, “We realize that some of your dog’s favorite activities include greeting, barking at, and running with people passing by. We really do not want to spoil their fun, but it might be best for them if they are contained that morning. This will prevent them from following the runners and ending up on the square, or worse being injured on the road.”
The event wraps up around noon with an awards ceremony near the square.
Last year, more than $11,000 was donated from the race, with proceeds going to local charities. Many of these organizations agree to work during the event at various stations in order to secure their donation.
The charities receiving donations from last year’s marathon included Moore Care; Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic; Moore County Volunteer Fire Department; the Moore County High School HOSA club; Franklin County Humane Society; Moore County Senior Center; the local soup kitchen; MCHS Project Graduation; Relay For Life; Motlow Nursing Program; American Heritage Girls; and the Boy Scouts.