The second annual Morningside Mile race and block party benefiting Atlanta’s oldest fire station is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16. The race begins at noon in Virginia Highland and ends with a block party at Doc Chey’s Morningside Village shopping center, 1424 N. Highland Ave.

Runners and non-runners alike will enjoy an afternoon of festivities from noon to 3 p.m. including live music, food and family fun provided by Atlanta firefighters, Doc Chey’s and other Morningside Village businesses. Race registration ends Oct. 10, but space is limited, so register soon before racenumbers are sold-out. Register in-store at Phidippides or online at

The first 500 registrants will receive a technical race hat and all other registrants will receive a cotton T-shirt. Guests can celebrate Doc Chey’s 14th anniversary by competing in the 4th annual Noodle Eating Contest at 1:30 p.m. The fastest speed-eater to conquer a heaping bowl of noodles will win a $100 gift card.  At 2 p.m., attendees can watch neighborhood schools and nonprofits compete for a donation check in the Charity Sumo Tournament.

Other block party festivities include a live band, pet adoptions, craft market, local merchants, bouncy house, face painter, charity dunk tank and more. Kids can enjoy fire safety activities with station 19 firefighters in celebration of October being National Fire Safety Month. Bring your well behaved leashed dog to Intown Animal Hospital for $10 nail trims benefiting a local animal shelter and other doggie fun. Food provided by Doc Chey’s and other Morningside Village restaurants. Last year’s inaugural Morningside Mile raised $6,000 for Atlanta fire station 19 in Virginia Highland.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.