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Viola Valley Half Marathon draws crowd
Georgia Covert displays one of the medals given to runners in the Viola Valley Half Marathon.
Three hundred runners wound through misty country roads Saturday morning as part of the fifth annual Viola Valley Half Marathon.“Our numbers were down a little bit this year but we started right at 300 runners,” said assistant event coordinator Kevin Deason.The 13.1-mile event covers three counties including Warren, Grundy and Coffee counties. The run starts in downtown Viola and makes a picturesque loop before finishing back in Viola. The winner this year, Chad Dean of Cleveland, finished the course in 1:15:15, less than a minute behind the record time.“I did some research and it seemed to be a good fit for me,” Dean said about deciding to run in the race, which took place under ideal cool running conditions.