By Alison James

Associate Editor

Runners will soon have the chance to pound the pavement and support EAMC at the same time.

The 15th annual Tough Ten Tough Two race will be held Oct. 11. As it was last year, the race honors the memory of running-enthusiast Nick Holler.

“He was a very dedicated runner and just a wonderful person – a great community leader,” said Summer Vaughan, one of the race coordinators. “He passed away in June 2013, so last October was the first year that we had the race in memory of him.”

Race proceeds benefit breast health services at the cancer center at EAMC.

The rain-or-shine race features a ten mile option – the only one of its kind in the area, Vaughan said – and a two mile option.

“The two-mile is a great distance for anybody who is working on a couch to 5K program, or doing running clubs, whether they are students or adults,” Vaughan said. “A lot of kids run it.”

Runners of the 10-mile race will experience a race route Vaughan described as “not overwhelmingly challenging, but it has some good hills.” Participants will follow Ogletree Road to Wright’s Mill and to the back entrance of Grove Hill, through the neighborhood and back up Ogletree Road to Ogletree Village.

Cost is $25 for the 10-mile race or $15 for the 2-mile race, for those who pre-register. Day of registration is $30 and $20, respectively.

All who have registered by Sept. 30 are guaranteed a T-shirt. The link for online registration can be found at, and paper registrations are available at Big Dog Running Company in Auburn.

Food and music will greet race participants at the finish line, and Vaughan said they welcome walkers, runners and joggers alike.

“Just get out and enjoy the morning and support a great cause,” Vaughan said.

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