In the last few days before Saturday’s 8 Tuff Miles road race, event organizer Peter Alter said several competitors from France registered at mid-week. "We have entrants coming from all over, with Ohio, New York, and Virginia the states with the most," he said in this week’s St. John Podcast.
This year’s event has two new angles. First, in advance of the race Alter encouraged islanders to police Centerline Road, the race route. "If you were having a party in your house, you’d clean up," Alter explained, "And we should do the same to show everybody how easy it is to make things look good. We need to do more," he added, "and stop the littering in the first place."
Alter also said this year some of the event’s previous top runners will get a kind of head start. About a hundred people, who finished the race previously, will begin the 8.3 mile course to Coral Bay at the front of the pack. While walkers and joggers are welcome, the "seeding" will give runners the chance to get out ahead of some of the slower participants who might be obstacles to their trying to set a personal best. Web site: http://www.8tuffmiles.com.
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