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Runners to tackle Jackson St. 100 this Saturday


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Two local men will embark on an ultra-marathon this weekend to raise money for A Friend’s House.

  The 100-mile run by Kevin Randolph and John Pollard will take place entirely in Locust Grove, beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. at the northern end of Jackson Street where it meets Hwy. 42 across from the peach orchard.

Local runners, Jason Pollard, left, and Kevin Randolph, right, will run a 100 mile marathon Saturday to raise money for A Friend’s House.                                                           Special photo

  Randolph came up with the idea because he lives on Jackson Street and runs it nearly every day.

  “I have a love-hate relationship with that road,” he said, noting that the three-mile road goes uphill nearly the entire way when traveling north.

  He calculated that 17 roundtrips on that street alone would allow him and Pollard to reach the required distance, and the “Jackson St. 100” was born.

  The southern end of Jackson Street is just south of Tanger Boulevard on the other side of Locust Grove. That makes the halfway point right in the middle of downtown, near the new train viewing platform (in case anyone wants a good spot to look for the runners). The pace should be about an hour and 20 minutes for each roundtrip, so the men will likely be coming through downtown every 40 minutes or so.

  Randolph said that he and Pollard are expecting to take nearly 24 hours to complete the run, allowing for some time walking and breaks for meals. Both of them have completed a 55-mile run in the past so they know what it will take physically to get through this.

  “We’re going to keep it slow so we can be there for the long haul,” said Randolph.

  Their goal is to raise $10,000 for A Friend’s House, a Henry County non-profit that provides a home for and meets the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis. Since its inception in 1998, A Friend’s House has welcomed over 1,800 children in need.

  Community supporters are invited to come out to the peach orchard Saturday morning for the send-off, and anyone who wishes to run a circuit of Jackson Street with Randolph and Pollard is welcome to do so.

  The web site for the men’s company, Revolution Running (, has complete information for anyone who wants to participate as a sponsor.

  Two donation options are on the web site for 25 cents per mile and one dollar per mile. Every donor will receive a Jackson St. 100 T-shirt. Randolph said he and Pollard are paying for the T-shirts so 100 percent of the donations will go to A Friend’s House.

  Anyone making a donation of $25 or more at Run Fit Sports will receive a Revolution Running shirt as well as a Jackson St. 100 shirt. Corporate sponsorships are also welcome; contact the runners via the web site.

  “We just want to raise as much money as we can for A Friend’s House because they do great things for the community,” said Randolph. “I hope we get some great weather and have a good time.”



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