New York City held its annual marathon Sunday, but Mount Airy will do its part with a marathon-style race this coming weekend.
The Ninth-Annual Mayberry Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K is set for Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.
“There are three races to choose from, so anyone can participate,” race spokesman Darren Lewis of the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Department pointed out regarding the triple-tiered format.
The distance for the half-marathon is 13.1 miles, but those who don’t want to run that far can take part in the 10K, which is a 6.2-mile distance, or the 5K (3.1 miles).
Early registration by runners already has exceeded the total participation of the event in 2015.
“We are at 350 now,” Lewis said Monday afternoon, compared to the 324 final count last year.
Registration can be completed up to the morning of the race, for which Renfro Corp. is title sponsor.
The starting line will be at Main Oak Emporium at 259 N. Main St. in downtown Mount Airy.
An alteration is in store for the 2016 competitors.
“The course has changed this year and will be a flat and fast course beginning at Main Oak Emporium,” Lewis explained.
It incorporates Main Street, Pine Street, Riverside Drive and the city’s recently expanded greenway system.
The ending point will be the picnic shelter at Riverside Park.
Plans call for a shuttle bus to be available to transport people to the start and finish lines.
Races will be chip-timed by Go! Sports Timing and Events.
Cash prizes are to be given to the top-three overall finishers in the male and female divisions and awards to the top three among age groups.
The adult registration fee is $45 for the half-marathon, $35 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K, while youths under 18 can register for any of the three for $20.
Race-day registration and packet pickup is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Main Oak Emporium.
Registration also can be completed online at www.mayberryhalf.itsyourrace.com.
In 2015, Chad Tidd was the overall half-marathon winner at a time of 1:31:59.
Kevin Pack won last year’s 10K event at 38:04 and Elvis Vega the 5K, 17:58.