The Murfreesboro Half Marathon (The Middle Half) was organized in 2007 as a non-profit organization by Miles and Melinda Tate. At the time the race was organized, there were very few half marathons in the state of Tennessee. Miles and Melinda felt that a half marathon in Murfreesboro would be a great way to showcase the very best parts of their home town.
When the Tate's started organizing the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, they sought to include help from the city of Murfreesboro with the organization of the event. They were able to convince the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation department to jointly sponsor the event.
When the race was initially organized, the charter dictated that the funds raised from the race (after reserving capital for the next year's race) would be donated to local organizations and charities. The race doesn't donate to one particular organization but many different local charities and organizations. The focus of the donations tend to be local, those focused on encouraging running and activity, and those organizations assisting with production of the event.
The race is governed by an 11 person board of directors, managed by a race director and hundreds of volunteers.
Melinda Tate served as the race director for the event for the first 10 years of its existence. Miles Tate has participated in every Middle Half. Both Miles and Melinda continue to provide guidance and direction for the race.
A list of just a few of the organizations that have received donations from the race in the last few years:
- Special Kids
- Possibility Place
- Rutherford Track Club
- Project Fit
- Oaklands Mansion
- Endure Athletics