Miner's Mile slated for Labor Day

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By Natasha Colbaugh

Three races are being offered at the fourth annual Miner’s Mile at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico on Monday, Sept. 6.

The event will feature a two-mile walk, 5K and 10K runs. A total of 14 age groups can participate in the action, making the event a family activity.

“There is something for everyone,” said spokesperson for the Miner’s Mile Kevin Shelley as he explained that a 90-year-old participant is currently training for the 5K.

Pre-registration is already underway and late registration will end prior to the race starting at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20 until Friday and is $25 thereafter.

All proceeds from the race go to benefit local organizations, said Shelley.

Last year the event raised $4,000 for the Fire Department and Rescue Squad. And this year the proceeds will go to benefit the Jellico Police Department and Tourism Department.

“It is definitely a worthy cause,” said Shelley.

Garnering 230 participants last year, Shelley said the event sees growth consecutively.

Cash awards will be given to the top three male and female winners and over 100 medals have been made to award second and third place winners.

Shelley said this year’s event has a lot to offer with cash prizes and customized medals. Fruit smoothie refreshments will be served by Live Well, a co-sponsor of the event. The park pool may also be opened to registered race participants.

The Miner’s Mile is a member of the Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix, a point structured combination of several regional races. This membership allows the event to garner additional participants of the Grand Prix series.

Those interested in registering online can visit www.jellicohospital.com and click on the Miner’s Mile tab. For more information contact Shelley at 784-7302.