A scene from last year's Marble Festival Road Race.
Registration is going on now for the 39th annual Marble Festival Road Race, on Saturday, October 5. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. on North Main Street, near the historic Old Pickens County Jail. The course is USATF certified, relatively flat, and has a fast, downhill finish. It’s followed by a 1-mile Fun Run at approximately 9 a.m., which starts at the corner of North Main and Spring streets.
Organized by the Jasper United Methodist Women, proceeds from the Marble Festival Road Race fund the ministries of the Dorcas Circle whose focus is to be in service to women and children in our community. Thanks to the
generous support of runners, walkers, and business sponsors over the years, the Circle has been able to give thousands of dollars to charities in Pickens County.
Runners and walkers can download a registration form at Jasper United Methodist Church website (www.jasperumc.org), pick up a form from the church office located at 85 West Church Street, or register online at www.active.com. The registration fee for 5K participants (age 15 and older) is $25 until September 27 and then increases to $28. Registration for participants age 14 and under is $15 for either the 5K or the 1-mile Fun Run.
Those who pre-register for the race prior to September 27 are also guaranteed their desired shirt size for one of the race’s coveted long-sleeved t-shirts.
Race number and t-shirt pick up for pre-registered participants and late registration will be available Friday, October 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jasper United Methodist Church. Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 at the church. The race is being timed by Olympia Resources, LLC. and runners receive their exact personal 5K and Fun Run time thanks to chip timing.
Awards for the 5K will be given for the Overall winners, Masters, Grand Masters, and top 3 in age group (age 9 and under through 75 and over). The awards ceremony will immediately follow the Fun Run. This year, to facilitate runners and walkers getting to the Marble Festival parade, participants in the 1-mile Fun Run will be recognized as they cross the finish line.