The ‘Middle Half’ begins and ends at MTSU Oct. 8


The tenth annual Murfreesboro Half Marathon, called ‘The Middle Half’, will gear up for a 7 a.m. start Oct. 8 with 3,000 runners set to begin their 13.1-mile journey to the finish line.

The 13.1-mile race is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. with a wheelchair race start at 6:55 a.m. Because the race courses by an obelisk at the geographic center of Tennessee, and begins and ends at MTSU, it has been tagged “The Middle Half.”

The course meanders swiftly down scenic tree-lined East Main Street and Maney Avenue to Oaklands Historic House Museum. Runners will circle the Rutherford County Courthouse on the Square, pass by MTSU’s Fraternity Row and the obelisk on Old Lascassas Highway before finishing on the MTSU track.

To ensure the safety of 3,000 runners, several streets will be completely closed between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Please refer to the course map for details (available at

MPD Officers will be in place directing traffic. If you plan on traveling through the area Saturday morning please plan accordingly. Officers will also be placed at locations throughout the race to provide security for the runners and spectators. As always, if anyone observes suspicious behavior please report it immediately. Call 615-893-1311 with information.

Over half of the participants are from Murfreesboro and half are visitors to our city from 24 different states. You are encouraged to cheer on the runners as they pass through your neighborhood.

The Murfreesboro Half Marathon partners with the City of Murfreesboro to enable the race to happen. The Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department resources and personnel are heavily utilized during the race and in the planning stages.
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