The streets of Murfreesboro will welcome 3,250 half marathon athletes on Saturday for the Murfreesboro Half Marathon. The race, also known as "The Middle Half", sold out in under one day when registration opened in June.
Some downtown Murfreesboro roads will be closed from 6:15 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Mercury Boulevard, Rutherford Boulevard and Old Lascassas Road will be open to traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution and expect some traffic delays in this area until 10:30 a.m.
Spectators are encouraged to line the course to cheer on their family and friends. Approximately half of the athletes reside in Rutherford County with the remaining coming from 24 states across the country.
"We have several elite athletes coming from around the country this year," said Melinda Tate, race director. "The finish line will be an exciting place to be Saturday morning."
The wheelchair division starts at 6:55 a.m. on Greenland Drive next to the Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium, followed by the half marathon start at 7:00 a.m.
The half marathon course goes down scenic tree-lined Main Street and Maney Avenue to Oaklands Historic House Museum. Runners will circle the Rutherford County Courthouse on the Square, pass by MTSU and the obelisk on Old Lascassas, and then finish on the MTSU track.
Sponsors include, The City of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department, Fleet Feet Sports, Middle Tennessee State University, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Publix, Purity, Backer-Springfield, Lee Company, AdamsPlace, Beaman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Backer The Daily News Journal, The Murfreesboro Post, Murfreesboro Magazine, Murfreesboro.com and WGNS.
For more information and a map of the course, visit www.TheMiddleHalf.com.