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home : sports : sports Tuesday, May 24, 2016

6/14/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Reed Murrell set for first year as Skeffington Race director

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

For the first time in a number of years, Jennifer Reed Murrell will not have the opportunity to run in the Paul Skeffington Memorial Race.

But that is understandable - she is going to be a little busy.

Next Saturday will mark Reed Murrell's first year as race director of the long-time event, which will celebrate its 27th running.

Reed Murrell takes over for Bill Petsche, who, along with the rest of the race's committee, has been a great help in the months and weeks leading up to the race.

"There's a lot of logistical and detail work that goes into the position," Reed Murrell said. "The members of the committee have been awesome, they divvy up a lot of the stuff among themselves and I kind of act as the point person."

An avid runner, Reed Murrell has directed a series of 5K races in her hometown of Charlotte and that, combined with a few newspaper columns about her passion for running, caught the eye of the Skeffington committee.

"My name was brought up and they asked if I wanted to start attending the committee meetings, and here I am (as race director)," Reed Murrell said with a laugh.

Like most new experiences, Reed Murrell expects to do a lot of learning at next Saturday's race, but she is equally excited to see the response to this year's event, which will feature a new - and likely permanent - route.

"I think people will enjoy running down some of the town's residential streets where people can be out and cheering," she said.

As for the future, Reed Murrell shares the same aspirations as any good race director.

"I have the same goal as most directors, and that is to see participation grow," Reed Murrell said. "And, maybe more than that, I want people to have fun.

"This is a fun event."

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