It was a chilly Saturday morning, October 13, 2018. The sun had barely been up 10-minutes when the pistol fired and Murfreesboro's 12th Annual Middle Half Marathon began on Greenland Drive, next to MTSU's Dean Track and Soccer Stadium.
A cold front pushed-in the day before, and temps throughout this 5K event never got above 53-degrees.
The wheelchair competition began at 6:55AM and runners were off five-minutes later.
Wheelchair athlete Jose Pulido of Clarkesville, Georgia had a time of 50:11. The first female to cross the finish line was Gladys Cheboi of Birmingham, Alabama. Her time was 1:17:22. The first male was Christo Landry of Charlotte, NC with a time of 1:05:02.
First Rutherford County Residents
29-year old Erick Kigen of Murfreesboro was the first Rutherford County resident to finish. His time was 1:10:42. Marina Slavens was the first female. This 36-year old had a time of 1:31:18.
Over 2,000 runners and one wheelchair entry went through the chip-timed 13.1-mile flat course.
Entries were from distant places like Australia, various areas of Africa, islands in the Caribbean, Arizona, Illinois and all states in the southeast.
The relatively flat course, friendly atmosphere and good hotel accomodations are some of the draws for what appears to be the most popular race in the Volunteer State.