A rendering of renovated Fire Station 19.
A rendering of renovated Fire Station 19.

Doc Chey’s Noodle House host the 5th annual Morningside Mile fundraiser on March 29 from noon to 2 p.m. Profits from the event will benefit the restoration of historic Virginia Highland Fire Station 19 and the campaign to save the landmark from possible demolition in 2016.

The one-mile race kicks off in Virginia Highland on the corner of Lanier Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, and will conclude in Morningside at Doc Chey’s Noodle House. The runners will be greeted at the finish line with a fun-filled block party featuring music, food from Doc Chey’s and a noodle-eating contest with prizes ranging from $25 gift cards for children and $100 for adults.

Runners will receive a complementary SweetWater beer with race number upon race completion. Registration is open through March 26, or 1,000 runners, whichever comes first. Sign up at morningsidemile.com.

“Fire Station 19 is one of our neighborhood’s most historic and beloved treasures,” says Doc Chey’s owner Rich Chey. “We aim to bring the community together to not only enjoy the company but give back to an organization that has done so much for us.”

Fire Station 19 has been a city landmark for more than 90 years and is the city’s oldest fire house. Although only basic repairs are needed and the station is in good structural condition, the City of Atlanta has put the station on the chopping block for 2016, unless the community can raise the necessary funds to renovate. To date, nearly $80,000 has been raised with an additional $220,000 necessary to keep No. 19 operating for another 50 years.

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.