Russellville prepares for annual half marathon

The City of Russellville is set to hold the fifth Annual RussVegas Half Marathon this month. This half marathon is a benefit run for the River Valley Circle of Friends and Children’s Hospital. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Runners will start and end the race in the downtown area of Russellville; specifically, at The Russellville Train Depot located at 201 N. Denver St.. There will be three different runs this year: the Kid’s Fun Mile, the 5k Glow Run and the RussVegas Half Marathon.

The Tech Mile is included in this year’s half marathon. The Tech Mile is a mile of the marathon that goes through Tech’s campus. The mile begins in front of Tucker Coliseum and spans around the University Commons, all the way to the baseball field. The Office of Campus Life encourages student organizations to take advantage of this opportunity and set up booths and tents along this mile. Organizations are excited for the Tech Mile this year and hope to see a good turnout at their booths.

“The Tech Mile is a perfect way to show the community that we are here supporting them,” said Matthew Smith, president of the Student Government Association. “The community does so much for us; this is another way we can do a little something for them.”

All student organizations have been invited to send representatives to work their booths and some are excited to get their name out there.

“The Tech Mile can help brand and expand an organization”, said Jerry Anderson Jr., president of the African-American Students Association. “An individual organization would be getting the chance to meet and interact with not only the community but also other organizations on campus. This could possibly form future collaborations”.

Registration closes on Sunday, April 16. There will be an expo from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and on the same night the Kid’s Fun Mile and the 5k Glow Run will be held. All participants in all RussVegas races will receive a finisher’s medal, and runners in the half marathon will receive a long sleeve jacket