Around 500 Runners Chilled In The New Year 5K

Jan 01, 2024 at 12:57 pm by WGNS

(MURFREESBORO) At 10::00AM the starting pistol broke the silence of a freezing Tennessee New Year's morning (1/1/2024) as approximately 500 runners headed out for a 5K tradition. The NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K is coordinated by Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department and held at Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Parkway.

27-year old Michael Smith of Lawrenceville, Georgia was the first to cross the finish line. His net time was 17:17. 


The first female to cross the Murfreesboro 5K line was Kylie Whittman of Franklin, TN. The 21-year-old's net time was 21:21. 

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The New Year 5K is more than just a race, this family-friendly event has become a cornerstone in Murfreesboro's annual calendar, epitomizing the community's commitment to health and wellness. It attracts a true cross-section of our community. In fact, the youngest entry for the 2024 run was 5-years-of-age and the most senior was 83--now that's a cross-section! 

Murfreesboro Park's and Rec. Director Nate Williams said...

The genesis of the New Year's Day 5k can be traced back to Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland's visionary efforts in forming the Better Boro Project. Williams noted...

This city-wide health initiative was conceived with the goal of fostering a culture of health and wellness within the community. Now in its seventh year, the New Year's Day 5k stands as a testament to the success of this initiative, drawing participants from all walks of life to embrace an active and healthy start to the year.

As in the past, the 2024 New Year 5K attracted runner from all fitness levels-- avid runner, casual joggers, and walkers seeking a chilly stroll.






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