Third annual Miner's Mile returns to Jellico

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By Charlotte Underwood

Whether in the mood for a leisure walk or some friendly competition, the third annual Miner’s Mile in Jellico can accommodate.

Proceeds and donations from this year’s race will go to support the Jellico Fire Department and Rescue Squad, as well as fund the event.

The event will once again be hosted by the Jellico Community Hospital.

“We felt a responsibility to find a creative way to enhance our community,” said event chair and Chaplain of the Jellico Community Hospital Kevin Shelley.

“The intent and purpose of this event is to provide something for the community, bring them together for a memorable experience and in the process, raise money for a worth-while cause,” Shelley said.

The event is slated to begin on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m., with race day registrations taking place from 7:50 a.m to 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are also available online at www.jellicohospital.com.

Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett feels the event is an important one to the Jellico community because it not only brings people together, but also helps the town financially by providing support to the fire department and rescue squad.

“It’s also another way of showing how the hospital is a viable part of the community.” Bennett said.

The event will consist of a two-mile walk, a 5K race and a 10K race for the serious track enthusiast. The course will be level for those walking or participating in the 5K, according to Shelley. Those participating in the 10K will face a combination of level ground, rolling hills, one long grade and two challenging climbs before reaching the finish line. The course is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association, according to Shelley.

Last year, nearly 200 runners participated in the event; Bennett hopes for an increase this year.

“We hope for this event to grow in popularity and get bigger and bigger,” Bennett said.

Shelley encourages people and businesses to participate in the event.

“Anything we can do to invest in Jellico and help to create for our citizens a sense of concern, care and commitment will help in revealing God’s love for everyone and help to create an environment of hope and wellness,” Shelley said.

The event is sponsored by Jellico Hospital, the town of Jellico and Live Well.

Registration forms, fees and donation checks should be made out to Jellico Community Hospital and sent to or dropped off at the hospital, which is located at 188 Hospital Lane. For more information, contact Shelley at 494-7302.