Runners from around the world will lace up their sneakers and descend on the tiny town of Viola next weekend.
Registration continues for the fourth annual Viola Valley Half Marathon, which is set to take place Saturday, May 16. The race starts at 7 a.m. and features a scenic 13.1-mile course that travels the rural roads of three counties – Warren, Grundy and Coffee.
“This year Viola will have a bit of international participation as runners from Mexico and Japan have registered,” said organizer John Nunley. “This year’s registration is going much like the previous two years. We are near 300 registered at this point so we expect our total participation to be around 400. So far we have a better cross section of runners from Tennessee than in previous years, pretty much covering from Memphis to Mountain City.
Runners from about 12 to 14 different states have signed up, some from as far away as Washington state and all of our neighboring states.”
Participants of all fitness levels are welcome. This includes competitive and recreational runners, as well as walkers. The race has received solid reviews its first three years with participants pleased with the course, organization and hospitality in Viola.
Returning this year will be the water station competition where runners vote on their favorite watering hole at the end of the race.
You can register now at active.com or visit Viola Valley Half Marathon on Facebook.