Chalk-up another successful Middle Half for the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department. What was described as a mist and temps in the upper 50s was all that was felt at the 8th Annual Middle Half. The race began in an eerie misty fog (see photo below).
At 6:55 Saturday morning (10/11/2014) the pistol fired, five wheelchair athletes left the starting line on Greenland Drive. Then five-minutes later, the second shot signaled the half-marathon for 3,250 runners. Their flat 13.2 mile course took wound them through historic Murfreesboro and ended-up on the Middle Tennessee State University Campus at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. The flat terrain and cool temperatures attracted runners from this area as well as New York, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and other states.
Wheelchair Race Broke Record
In the wheelchair race, Jose Pulido of Clarkesville, Georgia came in first. Jose did this in 52 minutes and 41-seconds. That broke the previous record set in 2012 by Matthew Porterfield. Chad Johnson Corydon, Indiana placed second with 57 minutes and 38 second.
1. Patrick Cheptoek (pictured left)
2. Justus David (Murfresboro)
3. Scott Wietecha (Hendersonville)
4. Hifred Kitur (Hardin, KY)
5. Brandon York (Madison, AL)
6. Joseph Elsakr (Nashvile)
1. Lanni Marchant (Chattanooga)
2. Emmy Chepkiru (Harkin, KY)
3. Amanda Dunne (Murfreesboro)
Congratulations also to well-known local runner Fred Lovelace, who was the top finisher in the 85-98 age group.
CLICK HERE for all of the Middle Half 2014 stats.