Thursday, September 11, 2003

Oxford half-marathon already draws hundreds

By Jon Gambrell
Enquirer contributor

When: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21

Cost to enter: Half-Marathon (13.1 miles), $20; 5K (3.1 miles) Run and Walk, $15; Kids' Fun Run, $5. Race T-shirt, $10.

For more information about the race, call Denis Mullally at (513) 524-2041, Steve Beckman at (513) 523-2386 or see

OXFORD - Lace up your running shoes. The town's first half-marathon takes off next weekend.

The "State-to-State Marathon," with more than 300 runners already registered, will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

Starting in Oxford's Uptown Park, the race will lead runners out of the city along Contreras Road into Indiana. Then they will dash back to the city, finishing the 13.1 miles where they started. Along the way, runners will pass through the Stonecreek subdivision and the Knolls of Oxford, a new retirement community.

With bands along the mostly flat trail into Indiana to cheer on runners, race co-director Steve Beckman hopes to make the half-marathon an annual tradition in the college town.

"Everyone on the race committee is really excited," he said. "A lot of people from Cincinnati are already registered for the race, excited that there is a half-marathon close to them."

After the marathon, there will be free food and prizes for runners.

There will also be a 5K Run and Walk (3.1-miles), as well as a Kids' Fun Run.

Proceeds from the race will benefit American Discovery Trail and Oxford Area Trails, which hopes to install a 10-mile bicycle trail around the city.


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