Race preview: ‘The fastest mile in the NRV’

Shelli Sayers, director of track and field and cross country at Radford University, believes next month’s Dedmon Dash will be the “fastest mile in the NRV.”

Yep, even faster than Blacksburg’s annual Draper Mile at Steppin Out — a race Sayers, a 1996 Blacksburg High graduate, has run a few times herself.

“We are super excited. This race has been a dream of mine,” she says. 

Happening on Radford University’s Homecoming weekend, the event promises to be both festive and fast.

Race basics

When:  6 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: With the starting line located at the intersection of Main Street and University Drive, the course will weave its way through campus, go into the athletics complex, down the homestretch of the Cupp Stadium track, and finish at the Dedmon Center.

Cost: General $20; student $10, RU faculty/staff $16; fraternity/sorority team $50 (5 runners); Kids under 10 free. 

Unique aspects: This evening race, which runs along the New River and finishes near RU’s Dedmon Center, features prize money for top finishers. More than $800 dollars will be up for grabs. $75 each for 1st place male and female finishers, $50 each for 2nd place, and $25 each for third. The top fraternity/sorority teams will each win $250.

Register:  https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Radford/DedmonDash2021 

With the starting line at the intersection of Main Street and University Drive, the course will weave through campus, go into the athletics complex, down the homestretch of the Cupp Stadium track, and finish at the Dedmon Center.

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