Run Everywhere

You know you’re a runner when one of your first thoughts after learning where you will go on vacation is “I can’t wait to run there!”

A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains means uphill (and downhill!) time; a trip to the beach means barefoot runs in the sand; a trip to Chicago, New York, or name your Metropolis could mean it’s time for an on-foot exploration of an unfamiliar urban environment; trails for off-road runs are all over the place in the state and national parks.

If a change in terrain, incline, distance or scenery gets you excited about your jogging routine that week, go with it. Run in the desert, run in a field, run in the water, run everywhere!

Last month, at the Fenton Payne & Fred 5K beginning and ending on the MTSU campus, Justus David led the pack, clocking in at 16:17. Lydia Kosgei led the ladies, with a time of 17:55.

Later in the month, at La Vergne’s Howl at the Moon 5K, Timothy O’Leary took first place with a 18:45 time, while Bekah Carroll posted the best time among the females at 22:19.

Just as last month, there are Rutherford County road races every weekend in September.

Upcoming Races
Character Chase 5K

Saturday, Sept. 7
7 a.m.
New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N. Thompson Ln., Murfreesboro
$25 for adults; $15 age 17 and under
characterchase5k.com

Dairy Hill Stampede (Custom)

Dairy Hill Stampede
Saturday, Sept. 14
5K starts at 8 a.m., Family Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m.
MTSU Dairy, 3211 Guy James Road, Lascassas
$35 for 5K; $25 for Family Fun Run
Register at active.com

Dr. David T. Dodd Memorial Rally for Recovery
Saturday, Sept. 21
5K starts at 7:30 a.m.; Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m.
Gateway Trail Reception Center, Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro
$30 for Adult 5K; $15 for age 17 and younger; $10 for Fun Run
recoverysupportfoundation.org/race

Wash Me Pink
Sunday, Sept. 22
5K starts at 8 a.m.; 1-mile starts at 10 a.m.
Middle Tennessee Medical Center, 1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
$40 for the 5K; $30 for the 1-mile
washmepinkkomen.com

Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse 5 & 10K
Saturday, Sept. 28
5K starts at 8 a.m.; 10K starts at 8:30 a.m.
Jernigan Field, Wartrace
$25 for 5K; $30 for 10K
Register at active.com

Smyrna Depot Days 5-Miler
Saturday, Sept. 28
7:30 a.m.
Downtown Smyrna
$20
smyrnadepotdays.com

St. Luke International Festival 5K
Saturday, Sept. 28
8 a.m.
St Luke Church, 10682 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna
$25
saintlukesmyrnatn.com

MTSU Homecoming 5K
Sunday, Sept. 29
8 a.m.
MTSU Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center
$20
5K Run/Walk – 8 a.m., Sept. 29,
mtsu.edu/camprec/events.php

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About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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