Race at Midnight Express, meet 'Duck Dynasty' stars

Rumble by the River, Woofstock 2013 also scheduled this weekend

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 24, 2013 

Country's Midnight Run

The starting line of the 31st running of the CountryþÄôs Midnight Express. Over 2600 runners participated in the 5 k run.

If the weather cooperates -- and it may not through all of it -- it's sure to be a fun-filled weekend with events for everyone.

There's a chance for isolated showers today, but the temperature should be somewhat nice for the annual Country's Midnight Express, which is a change from the usual hot, humid nights this race has seen in the past.

There's a lot to do outside this weekend, but if you want to stay inside and get a few good laughs, a few "Duck Dynasty" stars will be in Auburn.

Be sure to return to Ledger-Enquirer.com for photo galleries from several events.

Here's some events in the area this weekend:

Country's Midnight Express: This 5K race annually attracts thousands of people and is one of Columbus' biggest events. The race is at midnight, but you can expect live music beginning at 7 p.m. The Erin Hill Band and Classic Addict will perform. It all happens tonight at Country's Barbecue, 3137 Mercury Drive in Columbus. Late registration costs $25 and is open through 11:30 p.m. Runners will receive a race T-shirt and post-race refreshments, including a barbecue sandwich. The event benefits visually impaired people in our community. For more information, visit countrysbarbecue.com.

Rumble by the River: Athletes will showcase a variety of skills during this CrossFit competition inside the Columbus Ice Rink, 400 Fourth St. The competition is from 9 a.m. until around 5 p.m. today and Sunday. It's open to spectators. The costs for spectators is $10 per day, $15 for the weekend; military can get in for $5 or $7.50 for the weekend. Kids 12 and under are free and all athletes are free. All athletes get a pass to get one spectator in for free. For more information, visit facebook.com/rumblebytheriver.

Victory Run for Veterans: This event, presented by The American Legion Post 135, includes a 1K race and a 5K race. It's today at Moon Lake, 900 Airport Road in Phenix City. The 1K run starts at 8:30 a.m., while the 5K run starts at 9 a.m. Race day registration is $15 for the 1K race, $25 for the 5K race and there's a $15 discounted entry fee for active duty military participating in the 5K race. Call 706-718-5164.

Uptown's Market Days: Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors 9 a.m.-noon today along the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. 706-596-0111.

Woofstock 2013: Dogs and their owners are invited to this event, which will take place today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at Kiesel Park, 520 Chadwick Lane in Auburn, Ala. It's a fundraiser for Lee County Humane Society. Expect dog demonstrations, costume contests for dogs and lots of other cool stuff. It's free to attend but bring money for food vendors and more. For additional information, visit leecountyhumane.org.

Cuts Against Cancer: From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today, some area salons will give dry cuts for a donation of $20 to the American Cancer Society. Participating businesses include Salon NG, Van Dykes for Men, William's Salon and Bright salon. Call your business of choice to make an appointment.

Car show: The fifth annual Cars and Christian Auto Show is today from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Swint Funeral Home, 3360 Buena Vista Road. The show is raising funds for Faithful Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City, which will use the money for a parking lot. Cars will be judged in several categories with prizes given to the winners. The cost of entering a vehicle is $10. There will also be a raffle with prizes including a 42-inch flat screen television. Call 706-527-7725 or 334-214-9000.

Hunks The Show: It's another chance to catch an all-male revue in downtown Columbus. Hunks The Show, billed as "America's Hottest Ladies Night," comes to Chaos on the Rocks, 1244 Broadway. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open tonight at 8 and show starts at 10 p.m. The ladies-only show will be upstairs, but men will be allowed downstairs. 706-322-2260.

"Duck Dynasty" stars in Auburn: Si Robertson and Alan Robertson from the hit show "Duck Dynasty" will speak at the Auburn University Arena. The event begins tonight at 7 CDT. Tickets are $25 general admission, $50 floor seats and $75 cushioned seats. Call 334-501-5637 or visit www.youth-first.org for more information.

Fundraiser at Glory Days: The sports bar and grill will host a fundraiser for the Stephanie Michelle Morris Godwin family. It's today and starts at 9 p.m. It's free to attend but bring money for a barbecue sale, raffle and more. Stephanie is a former employee of the bar who recently passed away. Glory Days is at 1223 280 Bypass, Phenix City. Call 334-520-9687.

USA Wake Surf National Championship: Sunday is the last day for this event at Callaway Gardens. Visit callawaygardens.com for a schedule of events.

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