In less that 24 hours after registration opened, the 8th Annual Murfreesboro Half Marathon (“The Middle Half”) reached its cap of 3,250 participants.
“Due to last year’s fast sellout of just over two hours, we added 250 more spots to the field of athletes,” said Melinda Tate, race director. “This gave participants more time to register this year.”
More than 700 runners signed up in the first five minutes causing The Middle Half website to briefly shut down.
“Simply put, our server thought we were being attacked,” said Tate. “After five minutes the site was up and running again.”
The Middle Half will be held Oct. 11. Since its inception in 2007, the race has more than tripled in size. Twenty-four states are represented with the majority being from Tennessee. There are still volunteer opportunities available.
For more information, visit www.TheMiddleHalf.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheMiddleHalf.
Charity spots for Special Kids available
Local nonprofit Special Kids has 10 charity spots for sale in the Murfreesboro Half Marathon that officially closed its regular registration on June 8.
The charity spots are available online through the organization’s website, specialkidstn.com. The registration fee is $200 with $65 going back to the Middle Half and $140 going to support the work of providing rehabilitation and nursing services to children with special needs at Special Kids.
The spots are available on a first-come basis, and participants are encouraged to fundraise for the nonprofit through impact Special Kids, an online tool that allows users to choose their own fundraising goal. In 2013, athlete fundraising and registration fees brought in over $14,000 for the local nonprofit through the event.
Special Kids is a Christian nonprofit offering rehabilitation and nursing services to children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 2,600 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information about Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call (615) 893-4892.