The Michie Tavern Downtown Mile was the first “mile race” through the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

In 2014, this Thursday, July 24, the race — for both runners and walkers — starts on East Jefferson and ends at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

The Michie Tavern Downtown Mile is “a part of Notus Sports’s American Heritage Race Series created to promote healthy living, community involvement, and engagement with historic sites.”

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion, go by and investigate the Runners Love Yoga Healthy Living Expo during the event. According to organizers, the expo features great local businesses centered around healthy living in Charlottesville.

Free samples, product demonstrations, food and beverages, and other giveaways and activities will be available and visitors can also enjoy a free post-run yoga class led by local yoga instructor and competitive runner Ann Mazur of Runners Love Yoga!

The 2014 Downtown Mile event benefits the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society to preserve the Hatton Ferry — the only operating pole ferry left in the United States.

Organizers say American Heritage Series races “are opportunities for views of significant pieces of history,” and race proceeds benefit the preservation and mission of each historic location.

There are cash prizes for top finishers.

Runners and walkers at this year’s event will get to choose from five race options:

Team Relay at 6:30 p.m.
Family Race at 6:50 p.m.
Non-competitve Run/Walk at 6:50 p.m.
Middle School Mile at 7:10 p.m. (Youth in grades 6-8 only!)
Elite Downtown Mile at 7:30 p.m. for elite women and 7:40 p.m. for elite men

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