Sky View Drive-In hosting a half-marathon race

The historic Sky View Drive-In theater on old Route 66 in Litchfield, Ill., is hosting an inaugural half-marathon, called “Race Down Memory Lane,” and other activities organized around the event the weekend of Nov. 9, reported The Journal-News.

The 13.1-mile race begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the drive-in, with a 5-kilometer race starting there at 9:30 a.m. for folks who aren’t as ambitious. A total of 300 runners are expected.

And check this out:

Members of the public are encouraged to participate by volunteering or cheering for the racers from the sidelines. Enthusiastic and energetic Memory Lane Race Crews will be stationed along the route, providing entertainment and encouragement for the runners.

The night before the race “Chariots of Fire” will be shown free of charge for participants at the Sky View Drive-In, beginning at 7 p.m. Free popcorn and soda will be given away as well.

After the race, runners and their families may enjoy root beer floats, entertainment by Elvis Himselvis, a photo booth, classic  cars and volunteers from the Elizabeth Ann Seton program will be selling pork patties.

In case you forgot about “Chariots of Fire,” it was released more than 30 years ago. Here’s the famous opening scene:

You can register for the race here.

(Image of the Sky View Drive-In sign in Litchfield, Ill., by pezhore via Flickr)

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