Sunday Morning BP 10 Miler

By Dick Dowdy and Nick Yonclas

For over 10 years now, many local runners have been gathering at the BP gas station at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Glenview Avenue (near Betton Road) every Sunday morning for a 10 mile run through some of Tallahassee's oldest and finest neighborhoods.

On most Sundays, there will be anywhere from 15 to 30 runners, some of whom will run at a 7:00 minutes per mile pace and others who will run at a 10:00 minute per mile pace.It seems that many in this group are always training for a marathon, and they tack on additional miles either before or after the 10 mile run.

For those runners who are not yet up to a 10 mile run, the course is such that one can easily break off from the group and get back to the BP Station with a 4, 6 or 8 mile run, and no one will care!

You do not need to contact anyone about joining this group - just show up some Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m., and you are a member.

Here are the specifics on the run and course:

Start Time: 7:30 a.m. (ET) (EDT) for core group (Other start times vary for longer distance runners) Core group varies from 10-15 runners. Average turnout - 20. Largest turnout - 40. Male/Female: 50/50

Course Description: Measured 10 mile course with mile splits through "rolling" hills and quiet Betton Hills and Waverly Hills neighborhoods. Measured add-ons also available. Some steep hills for building strength and longer flat stretches for pace work. Car traffic is light in neighborhoods and moderate on major road intersections for Sunday mornings. There are cut-off opportunities along the course for shorter distances.

Water/Facilities: Available at start/finish at the BP Station. Water stops at 5K and 7 mile mark. Designated volunteers handle water and replacement fluids for the group.

Start Location: From Thomasville Road BP Service Station, Parking available in adjacent Capital Plaza at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Glenview Drive, approximately 2 and 1/2 miles from Downtown Tallahassee.

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