The county’s first half marathon relay to benefit area nonprofits is set for 7 a.m. March 12, organizers have announced.

Hosted by Marcom’s Pharmacy in Manchester, the event, called Connecting Coffee County, is open to those who want to walk one mile, jog a 5K, or run an entire half marathon.

The 8-leg race begins at South Jackson Civic Center and ends at Coffee County Central High School with stops along way for runners to rehydrate and pass the baton to a teammate.

Teams are from 1-8 individuals, with the shortest leg being one mile and the longest leg being 2.5 miles. Runners can sign up to run a portion of the race, or form a team to complete the whole distance. Runners can also combine legs to run a 5K, 5 miles, 10K, 8 miles, 15K, 10 miles, or the entire half marathon.

According to Alicia Bell, executive director of The United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties, the event goal is simple – to unite the community through health.

“While running in teams from Tullahoma to Manchester, we hope to ignite a spirit of unity in our county. This run is about our home and our health. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be split between two local organizations: The United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties and Coffee County’s Children’s Advocacy Center.

Register by March 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. Same-day registrations are also possible.

For more information on the race, sponsorships, or how to register, go to or call Bell at 931-455-5678.

Beneficiaries: The United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties is a local organization that builds access to education, income, and health for our neighbors. It currently gives to 11 nonprofits in the community and offers a Volunteer Management Program, the Nonprofit Assistance Clinic, the 211 service referral hotline, and other services.

Coffee County’s Children’s Advocacy Center will receive half of the proceeds. Its mission is to serve children who are victims of severe abuse through prevention, education and intervention. It also offers prevention programs such as Yello Dyno and a variety of services to victims of abuse, including medical exams and therapy.

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