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December 20, 2014

Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Numbers say Woodstock transcendent

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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:04 pm

The Woodstock 5K is passing the test.

As of Tuesday, organizers said that more than 1,000 runners have registered for Saturday’s 34th annual 3.1-mile run through the streets of east Anniston. By Saturday, they expect 1,300.

This despite the Road Runners Club of America’s choosing to spread the wealth on the club’s national championship designation for the 5K distance.

Woodstock had it for the past three years and four out of five. Those were the peak years of the race’s current surge, with a record 1,561 runners participating in 2012.

The RRCA made Woodstock the Southern Region 5K championship this year. That consolation prize amounts to prestige back step, so this would be the year to see if the event had transcended the national-championship designation.

This was the year to see if Woodstock had stuck as the happening it’s become since 2006, and this year’s registration and participation projections say that it has.

A run that has ebbed and flowed through its history is not out of flow just yet, and that’s a tribute to the robust running community that built it.

They got involved decades ago. Many of the same, dynamic people remain involved, officially and unofficially.

Like runners themselves, they’re not quite done yet.

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