Running events are increasing in Rutherford County and drawing athletes from surrounding areas.
Foot traffic is increasing in Rutherford County – and not just among shoppers in downtown Murfreesboro. Running events are gaining a toehold in the region, drawing athletes from surrounding areas and allowing them to discover what the region has to offer.
“Any event that brings people together in a community is good for the community,” says Staci McCreary, president and founder of Borodash, an annual 4-mile run that takes place on Thanksgiving and raises money for charity. “We have a lot of out-of-town people who are visiting families that day who take part in the run. The way we set up the course lets us show them parts of the area that we love.”
McCreary started Borodash in 2010 after seeing the popularity of similar runs in other cities. She says she expected fewer than 500 people to take part in the inaugural event, then was stunned when more than 1,600 showed up. That number has since increased to nearly 3,000 participants.
“Everybody around here is just so supportive of events like this that bring people into the community,” McCreary says. “Borodash has become a family tradition for some people.”
From Fun Runs to 10Ks
Other runs also are drawing visitors to Rutherford County. Middle Tennessee State University hosts an annual See Spot Run 5K in May for runners and their dogs. Proceeds go to support the Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity.
For the more serious runner, there is the Warrior Challenge 5K and 10K, which takes place in November. The event begins and ends on the Middle Tennessee University campus, and raises money for MTSU’s Military Veterans Fund.