Look out for Oak Barrel runners on Saturday

The Oak Barrel Half Marathon starts in downtown Lynchburg and winds through rural Moore County. Local drivers needs to keep their eyes peeled for runners on Saturday morning. (Graphic Provided)

EVENT NEWS — Moore County drivers should be on alert and expect potential delays on Saturday, April 3 at the 12th annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon kicks off in Lynchburg. The race moved to October in 2020 due to COVID but moved back to its usual first Saturday in April date this year though they are taking several precautions to keep runners safe.

The general start time is around 8 a.m. but this year the event will allow for “socially-distanced” runners who will begin lining up around 7:25 a.m.

Another change for the 2021 event will be the water stations. Normally, locals man watering stations for runner and hand off cups of water as runners pass. This year, runners will have the option to either “self-serve” by picking up a cup of water placed on a table or be “volunteer-served” as they pass. Some stations will offer self-serve and volunteer-serve, while others will be 100 percent self-serve, according to event organizers.

The race begins from Main Street just off the Moore County Square and portions of the roads surrounding the square will be closed until the final runners cross the finish line. Parking for the race will be in Wiseman Park.

Runners will follow Main Street to the intersection of Highway 55 near Woodard’s Market and the Moore County Co-op before turning left onto Goosebranch Road. After tackling the infamous Whiskey Hill, runners will turn left on Lois Ridge Road until it intersects with Highway 50. They’ll then take a quick right onto Norman Wiseman Road until it dead ends into Tanyard Hill Road. Runners will then turn left on Tanyard until they reach Campbell Lane, which will take them to Goodbranch Road. Here, runners turn left toward Moore County High School. Once they arrive back Highway 55, they’ll turn left to head back towards the Square on Highway 55.

Local law enforcement will be in place along major intersections directing traffic and local drivers should anticipate some delays until the race ends.

For more information, visit the Oak Barrel Half Marathon website or the Mach Tenn Running Club Facebook page. •

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