The Middle Half

Saturday, October 8, 2022 • Murfreesboro, TN • Course Map

The campus and surrounding neighborhoods around Murfreesboro’s Middle Tennessee State University serve as the backdrop for the autumn running of the Middle Half — known in some years as the Murfreesboro Half Marathon — a race that marks its 15th annual running this fall.

The race features a course that takes runners along a largely fast and flat route through the city, the race features a run down the tree-lined straightway of Main Street and a turnaround at the city’s historic Oaklands Mansion, along a route that varies only about 40 feet in elevation throughout the entire race.

From the starting line on East Main Street, just off the Murfreesboro Square, runners follow what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop course through the city, with a number of turns in the first few miles of the race.

The course takes runners around the square and then onto Maney Avenue, where the up-and-back run along this street features the view of Oaklands Mansion at the end of it, followed by the return route back to Main Street and the run around the square at the Rutherford County Courthouse.

After the run back from Oaklands Mansion, the course takes runners along Main Street and turns onto Middle Tennessee Boulevard, and then again onto Mercury Boulevard for the section of the race that returns up to the university campus, where runners do a quick quick through the heart of the campus.

After this stretch, the course straightens out onto Greenland Drive, where runners pass Evergreen Cemetery before coasting to the finish line back near the downtown square.

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the middle of the state about halfway between Chattanooga and Nashville — there is actually a monument in the city that marks Tennessee’s exact geographic center — Murfreesboro typically enjoys mild to moderately cool weather in the early fall season, with the occasional rain shower.

On the day of the race (Oct. 8), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 74°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Murfreesboro Half Marathon here.

Starting Times

  • 6:55 AM – wheelchair start
  • 7:00 AM – half marathon


$68 and up


To reserve your spot in the 2022 running of the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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