Look out for Oak Barrel Runners on Saturday

Oak Barrel route map
Runners will begin on Main Street and loop through rural Moore County along Old Fayetteville Highway, Goose Branch, Lois Ridge, Norman Wiseman, Tanyard Hill, Campbell Lane, Goodbranch, and Highway 55. Drive with caution Saturday morning. (Map Provided)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County drivers should be on alert and expect potential delays on Saturday, April 1 as the 14th annual Oak Barrel Half Marathon kicks off in Lynchburg.

The general start time is around 8 a.m. just off the historic Lynchburg Square but runners will begin to show up as early as 6 a.m. It is a chip-timed race with disposable timing chips attached to each race bib. 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 and rain the night before may affect the total amount of spaces available.

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 Goose Branch Road. After tackling the infamous Whiskey Hill at around mile 3.5, 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. To view the complete route map, click here.

The race course is not completely closed to traffic but 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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