New Year's Day 5K in Murfreesboro

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Registration is filling up for the much-anticipated City of Murfreesboro New Year's Day 5k. Open to all ages and abilities, the 3.1-mile race begins at 11:00 a.m. on January 1, 2019 at Old Fort Park. The new course for the event winds through the paved paths throughout the park and greenway and ends with refreshments, awards and music.

The 5k is just one event that is part of Mayor Shane McFarland's "Better Boro Project", a city-wide initiative designed to provide and support programs and events that promote healthy nutritional habits, an environmentally sound community and accessible fitness activities for the citizens of Murfreesboro.

"Participating in a fun event for the entire family is a great way to get your year started in the right direction," said Mayor Shane McFarland. "It puts you in a healthy mindset that will hopefully last throughout the year."

The race will be electronically timed with overall and age group winners awarded in both male and female categories. Every finisher will receive a finisher's medal. Post-race activities will include an awards presentation, refreshments and music.

The fee to participate is $15, and pre-registration is available online through December 29 with a credit card, or with check or cash at Sports*Com and Barfield Crescent Park office. Participants may sign up in person during packet pickup which will be held at the Adams Tennis Complex in Old Fort Park. The fees for this event are non-refundable, and the race is capped at 400 participants.

"We're excited that the course begins and ends at Old Fort Park", said Nate Williams, Director of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department. "There isn't another race in the city that uses this course." There will be one water/aid station on the course as well as volunteers along the route.

For more information and to register, visit the Parks and Recreation page of the city's website at www.murfreesborotn.gov/parks, or call Jennifer Joines at (615) 893-2141.

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