unspecifiedThe 6th annual Morningside Mile is set for Sunday, April 17, from noon to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration of historic Virginia-Highland Fire Station 19, and the continuing campaign to raise funds for the landmark and its firefighters.

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, which hosts the yearly fundraiser. 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 either a complimentary SweetWater beer or a sweet treat from Alon’s Bakery with race number. Registration is open through Thursday, April 14, or 1,000 runners, whichever comes first.

“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 also give back to an organization that has done so much for us.”

Located on Highland Avenue in the heart of the neighborhood, Fire Station 19 has been a city landmark for more than 90 years and is the city’s oldest fire house. Based on its age, Station 19 was on the city of Atlanta’s replacement list for 2016. Thanks to grassroots support of Morningside Mile and other local efforts, the station is no longer on the chopping block, but renovations cannot begin until all fundraising goals are met.

To date, nearly $80,000 has been raised with an additional $220,000 necessary to keep Station 19 operating in a safe and efficient manner for another 50 years. A neighborhood committee featuring architects, historians, preservationists, contracts and community leaders have come together to lead the charge.

For more information and to register, visit morningsidemile.com.

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.