Runners react to canceled River Run

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Some bad news for many in the Tri-State’s running community. After a two-year hiatus.

The River Run, which crosses the Twin Bridges, was scheduled to return this year. But after much consideration, the group involved says this event is canceled.

A huge part of the River Run is getting the chance to run across the Twin Bridges over the river. But this year runners aren’t going to get to see the Ohio River from above.

Race officials say they called off this year’s race early because they don’t have the support and money to make it happen.

Through a Facebook post, Evansville River Run told people the run was canceled.

Evansville River Run Facebook


But some runners say they’re a little disappointed.

“You look forward to this is the one that I’m going to do and this is the race that I’m going to run,” Mary Elizabeth Small says.

Mary Elizabeth small planned to run the race in May. She says she started training for it last spring.

“I started training on June 10 at tri State athletic club. I’ve been going every single day to the gym and running outside. Really doing all this training is been really fantastic,” Small explains.

But she’s staying positive.

“There’s always going to be races out there. There’s always going to be so many things that we’re going to be able to do so this is just one that we missed but we’ll get another one.”

Officials with the race say it started back in the 1980s but fell off for about 14 years. Then in 2014, it was resurrected. But when the Fix For 41 began several years ago officials couldn’t hold the race.

Small says this would have been her first time running over the bridge.

“That’s the fun part about that half. To be able to get to run on the bridges, it’s beautiful and it’s scenic it’s so pretty.”

But that’s not what she was looking forward too most.

“Just being able to complete something that is that huge,” Small explains.

Race officials say the last two years of the river run around three thousand people participated. As far as a race for 2021 they say it’s too early to tell.

Small says she doesn’t plan to stop running because of the race being canceled. She says she plans to run the half marathon in Owensboro in March.

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(This story was originally published on January 6, 2020)

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