ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County will welcome runners from all over the United States this weekend for the 14th annual Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic.
The endurance race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue through 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
The certified course consists of the 1.5-mile inner loop that circles the lake and is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event.
Runners from all over the US as well as a few from other countries have been known to participate in this unique race. They seem to enjoy the location as they are never more than 1.5 miles away from any of their needs.
Tents line the lakeside with folks encouraging the runners.
There were 500 available slots which have all been filled.
Last year’s winner was Ken Bell from Cary, with a distance of 105.2 miles.
The overall record-holder for the Hinson Lake run is Mike Morton. In 2011, Morton ran 163.9 miles which he used To qualify for Team USA. In 2012 Morton participated in the 24-Hour World Championship held in Katowice, Poland, and won with 172 miles. He also holds the U.S. national record.
The event is non-profit and advertised only on Facebook, word of mouth, and its website runsignup.com/race/nc/rockingham/hinsonlake24.
The event raises money for charities such as: The Herren Project, which provides assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety; Richmond County Animal Advocates, which provided veterinarian help and care for animals in need; and Little People of America, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism.
There is a need for more volunteers; those interested are encouraged to contact Jerry Lindstrand at 910-995-7331. For more information, visit the website listed above.