June 9, Randy Miner Memorial Country Run—1-mile, 4-mile run, Etna Green, IN
The Randy Miner Memorial Country Run is more than just a race; it’s a community wide party! The entire town of Etna Green, IN will come together in Heritage Park to host the race and festival on June 9. The 1 mile and 4 mile races finish off with a festival that includes bounce houses for the kids, a car show, a community garage sale, homemade ice cream, fried chicken, and amazing door prizes including a 55’’ flat screen TV. With a small field under 200 runners and a registration price of $10-20, if you aren’t running this race, the question is why not? Now if there is beer at the finish line I would say this race is a runner’s dream.
Race Director Todd Hoffer says he started this race to memorialize his friend Randy Miner, who “got me running as a kid and got me down a straight path.” The memorial run is actually a resurrection of a run Miner did for years in the 80s on July 4th. Hoffer has kept the same course and the traditional handmade wooden clock trophies as Miner once had. There are also cash prizes for breaking course records and gift cards to Fleet Feet Sports. Hoffer has even maintained Miner’s description of this race as “the biggest little race you’ll ever run.”
The race starts at 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, June 9. You can register up until 4:00 on race day without paying a higher race fee. The one miler runs through the streets of downtown Etna Green while the 4 miler is a mostly flat course with some rolling hills. And if you can beat a course record you might go home with $150 burning a hole in your pocket along with a full stomach. Runners can register at runsignup.com.