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Viola Valley Half Marathon May 20
Runners come from all over the region to get their picture made in front of Viola Town Hall and to compete in the Viola Valley Half Marathon, which is set for Saturday, May 20, at 7 a.m.

Sign-ups are off and running for the sixth annual Viola Valley Half Marathon, which is set to take place Saturday, May 20, at 7 a.m.
The race is a big draw with runners across the United States lacing up their sneakers and descending on the tiny town of Viola.
In 2015, the race went global with participants from Mexico and Japan.
“We already have 200 entries,” said race organizer Kevin Deason. “Runners love this course.”
The race features a scenic, 13.1-mile course that travels the peaceful, tranquil rural roads of three counties – Warren, Grundy and Coffee.
“Runners tell us they love the course for the scenery, the organization, the enthusiasm of the volunteers, and the residents of Viola Valley,” said race organizer John Nunley. “This is our sixth year and we are really pushing to reach our cap of 650 runners.”
Early registration is $40. The price goes up after April 20.
Participants of all fitness levels are welcome. This includes competitive and recreational runners, as well as walkers. The race has received solid reviews with participants pleased with the course and hospitality in Viola.
Last year’s top male finisher was Cleveland, Tenn., resident Chad Dean, who finished the race in 1:15:14, a pace that translates to a blistering 5:45 per mile.
Ringgold, Ga., resident Lisa Logan was the top female finisher with a time of 1:41:09, a pace of 7:43 per mile.
Ben Myers was the fastest local runner, finishing the half marathon in the No. 6 spot in 1:30:35. He was followed by McMinnville resident Jason McVey at No. 7 with 1:32:39.
Returning this year will be the water station competition where runners vote on their favorite watering hole at the end of the race.
Funds raised from the half-marathon are used for the improvement of the Viola community.
Register now at or visit Viola Valley Half Marathon on Facebook in order to receive the early registration discount.