Runners have the chance to dash one mile in downtown Charlottesville for a $1,000 prize next month. And organizers say it's the first of its kind in the area.
Notus Sports announced the one-mile race Tuesday. The Charlottesville sports and events management company is planning for hundreds of runners to wind through downtown Charlottesville.
The Michie Tavern Downtown Mile kicks off Wednesday, July 24. The runners are Racers will line up on Jefferson Street by Lee Park, run toward Jackson Park, around High Street, up the downtown mall and end at the pavilion.
The top male and female finishers will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Groups of three or more can also register as a team.
The race is part of Notus Sports' American Heritage Race Series.
"We're bringing awareness and support to places of historical significance. So we've had a race before at Montpelier, we had one at Ash Lawn last month and so this one we wanted to bring it closer into Charlottesville," said Heidi Schubel, event organizer for Notus Sports. "It highlights the historic downtown area and a one-mile race is just something different because there's mostly 5Ks around here."
The event will also feature an un-timed family mile race and a healthy living expo at the pavilion.
Registration for the Downtown Mile race is now open online. The cost for an individual runner is $20 until June 30. Then it will go up to $25.
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