Great Day For A Race
The 9th Annual Fenton Payne & Fred 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk Saturday morning enjoyed a 150 per cent increase in participants.
Of course 65-degrees and sunny weather didn't hurt as the estimated thousand runners sprinted off when the gun fired at MTSU's Johnny "Red" Floyd Football Stadium. A ribbon of runners flowed as far as you could see down historic East Main Street in those early morning hours.
All ages participated in this event. In fact, there seemed to be more families involved this year.
This year's race benefited MTSU's Blue Raider Athletic Association, that offers scholarships to athletes; the Primary Care and Hope Clinic, a non-profit that provides health care to uninsured ressidents in this community; and Special Kids, a faith-based group that helps medically fragile children.
Race Honors Dr. Lovelace and Dr. Hardison
The annual race honors two local physicians who continue to do much for the Heart of Tennessee: Dr. Fred Royce Lovelace and Dr. Fenton Payne Hardison.
This Is A Race Of Legends
Another living legend in the 'Boro keeps the pulse of the annual event by riding his Blue Raider golf cart along the end of the race. MTSU Track and Field Coach Dean Hayes (above photo) wants to make certain that all goes well. He joined MTSU in 1965, and has also coached U.S. Teams in the Olympics from as early as the 1980's. Hayes' impact on local athletes has been so powerful that the university's new track and field complex honors him.
You are also encouraged to check the official race website: http://www.fpfrun.com.