Saturday, October 3, 2009

4,008 runners in Jesse Owens Classic

By From staff reports, The Decatur Daily

OAKVILLE — A record number of runners has registered for the 11th annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Classic.
Organizers said 4,008 runners signed up to compete in Saturday’s event.
The event began in 1999 with about 450 participants.
It honors Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in one day at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He was born in Oakville.
The Jesse Owens Runners’ Club hosts the event at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Education Center. Races start at 9 a.m.
To find out when each division races, visit
Proceeds help cross country teams at Hatton, Lawrence County and East Lawrence.
The Junior Civitan Club also provides volunteers.
The park is about eight miles south of Moulton on Alabama 157.
Parking is $2 per car.
Stanley Johnson is the race director and coach of the Lawrence County cross country team.
Assistant directors are Dewayne Key and William Calvert.
For more information, call Johnson at 566-4410.

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