42nd MONMOUTH-INDEPENDENCE MINI-MARATHON: Race ready to shine in 2014

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — It’s a feeling like no other.    For race director Terry Cable, that is what has been the key to the annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon’s success through the years as runners feel the rush of fans shouting encouragement.    “I think it’s a lot of different things,” Cable said. “People are excited because of the holiday and the festivities. The course is appealing for all different types of runners, and running down an already crowded street with that many people cheering you on has become a spectacle of its own for both the runners and spectators.”    The popular 2.6-mile race is set to start at 11:30 a.m. Friday in front of Monmouth City Hall, where more than 450 entrants are expected to participate, including families and individuals of all ages.    The focus of making the event accessible to nearly everyone was imperative when Cable became race director 12 years ago. And he’s worked to ensure that no matter what your skill level, the race is fun and not too daunting.    “The course is all downhill and it’s as short as you’re going to find,” Cable said. “I think people see families from both locally and out of town participating, and they want to give it a try as well.”    For those who haven’t planned ahead, there’s still plenty of time to register for the event.    Online registration is available at www.eclecticedgeracing.com. Online registration is available through noon on Wednesday (today).    On-site registration will be available on Friday from 7 to 10:30 a.m. outside of Monmouth City Hall. There will be no registration allowed after 10:30 a.m.    Entry fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under in advance, and $20 for adults and $10 for children for day-of-race registration.    The course is one-way, and Cable said first-time participants should plan on walking back or making travel arrangements at the finish line.    With age categories from 9-and-under to 80-and-over, the mini-marathon provides an unforgettable experience that everyone can enjoy, Cable said.    And with the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, Cable expects more than 450 entrants to take part in this year’s event, which would make it one of the event’s biggest crowds in history.    “This is a run that’s appealing for all different types of runners,” Cable said. “We have older folks and young kids participating. It’s just fun for everyone.”    As crowds have increased throughout the years, the mini-marathon has turned into one of the city’s defining Fourth of July celebration events.    And that’s a tradition Cable said he’s proud to be a part of.    “This is our 42nd year, so it goes without saying that this has become a big part of the celebration,” Cable said. “It draws people in the community and not only locals. We get people from outside Polk County coming and participating.    “… We’ve had great support from everyone in the community. It’s family friendly and I think people will have a lot of fun with it.”


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