Oak Barrel Half Marathon registration opens November 15

Hundreds of runners participated in this year’s Oak Barrel Half Marathon in October. The Mach Tenn Running Club will move the race date back to April for 2021 and registration opens on November 15. (Photo Credit: Oak Barrel Half Marathon)

Wanna run in the 2021 Oak Barrel Half Marathon? Then may we recommend you set your alarm for Sunday, November 15. Registration opens that day promptly at 6 a.m.

The popular annual event brings hundreds of runners to Lynchburg each year. After moving the event to October as a COVID-19 precaution in 2020, the race will move back to its traditional April date in 2021.

Organizers say they plan to proceed with “a normal” race in 2021 but “if COVID-19 is still a factor in April, we will have to use the procedures we put in place for the 2020 race,” race officials said. Those procedures included a staggered start, self service watering stops, and no post-race party.

Should changes to the April 3, 2021 date be necessary, organizers already have a plan in place. Registered runner would be offered a full refund, a virtual registration, or could simply move their registration to the new date.

The Mach Tenn Running Club hosts the event annually in Lynchburg. The majority of the funds raised go back into the race but any remaining funds are donated to Lynchburg charities like Moore Cares, Moore County Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of Animals, and other regional non-profits. To register, visit the Oak Barrel Half website by clicking here. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here. •

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