Footrace honors town's orginal name

Friday, June 8, 2007

From Staff Reports

Cornersville's bicentennial celebration, Settlers Day, includes a foot race that's been dubbed "Marathon" by organizers of the celebration who've been working for many months to attract visitors to their town in southwest Marshall County.

"The reason we're having the foot race is because the first name of the town was Marathon," Settlers Day Committee member Marilu Clift said Wednesday. "We're trying to combine the historical with the event," Clift said of the first foot race in the town.

Cornersville's Settler's Day "Marathon 4k Run / Walk" is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on June 16. All pre-registered participates must check in at the Cornersville Church of Christ at 309 N. Main St. by 6:30 a.m. on that Saturday. Runners can register when they arrive, but they'd need to arrive by 6 a.m. June 16.

The race "goes down Main Street," city recorder Scotty Brock said. "It ends in front of the Methodist Church on Mulberry Street."

However, the 4 kilometers of the foot race include a loop around Valley View, Front View and Wakefield streets before doubling back onto Main Street and turning left onto Kennedy Lane from which runners would turn right on to Mulberry Street to the Methodist Church.

Entry forms are available at Town Hall and at the town's web-site; . For more information contact the Town of Cornersville at 931.293.4482. There's a $10 registration fee.

T-shirts will be given to all participates in the race. Prizes will be awarded to division winners.

A schedule of events for Settlers Day lists 7-8 a.m. as the time for the foot race.

The race follows the 6-9 a.m. pancake breakfast in the Centerville High School Cafeteria as sponsored by the CHS girls' basketball team.

After the race, the school's reunion starts in the CHS gym and continues until 7 p.m.

The Settlers Day Parade starts at noon on Main Street.

A liar's contest in City Park is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. and fireworks will be shot at about 9:15 p.m.