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Endurance race tests runners' limits
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Jarvis and Stephanie Johnson were the relay team winners of Saturday’s 8-Hour Milk Road Endurance Run. Both received T-shirts, medals, an old-fashioned milk jug, and a Hoka backpack filled with Hoka goodies.
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Sherry Taylor and Hennessee Cope are all smiles as they take part in the 8-Hour Milk Road Endurance Run last Saturday. Taylor hit a major milestone during the event as she completed her first half marathon.

“Where’s the pickle juice?” That’s not a question you hear every day, but it was often heard during Saturday’s 8-Hour Milk Road Endurance Run. 

Thirty runners converged in the heat of the day on the track of Warren County Middle School for the event, and entrants traveled from Murfreesboro, Nashville and as far away at North Carolina to compete.

The Ultra-Marathon gave runners the opportunity to go beyond a marathon distance. Monica Moore, who organized the event said, “We had a lot of successes where people went distances that they did not think that they could do. For instance, Marsha Riggs just ran her first half marathon in May, and then this past Saturday she ran an ultra-marathon which is a 50K.  Sherry Taylor did her first half marathon this last week. Leslie Hayes and Becky Clark did their first marathon. I feel really blessed to have so many local runners participate in our event. Of course, we want to thank the middle school for allowing us the use of the track.”

Numerous volunteers were on hand to lend support. First aid stations were open and staffed with EMTs who brought cooling fans to assist the runners from overheating in the brutal temperatures. Another 10 volunteers supported the event along with Crisp Springs Market and Depot Bottom Country Store who donated breakfast and lunch for participants.

Following on the heels of McMinnville’s Relay for Life, the participants raised $550 to donate for the cause. “The award for the race was an old fashioned milk jug as June is dairy month, but we wanted to tie Relay for Life into this as well for the cause my mother held so dear.” said Moore. 

Winners were determined by the most laps completed, and A Matter of Timing from Manchester was on hand for official timing and tracking of each runner.

Jewly Hight from Nashville and Scott Glover from Murfreesboro were the top female and male winners, and each received a pair of Hoka running shoes as the top prize.

Jarvis and Stephanie Johnson received top honors as the winning relay team, and each received a Hoka backpack filled with goodies.