VIProfile: Miles Tate



Founder, Middle Half Marathon
Compiled by Carrie Beth Catron

Murfreesboro recently lost the leader of its pack with the passing of Miles Tate, as there is no better way to remember Miles than by associating his name with his hobby-turned-passion: running. In addition to successfully completing an amazing 50 full marathons, he and his family founded the Murfreesboro Half Marathon. Here, his efforts to champion an outlet for people to accomplish personal goals will be most closely felt within the community he cherished. Miles served on its Board of Directors and participated as a runner in each race. He could be seen proudly wearing his “#1 Pops” race bib, sharing a chocolate milk with his grandchildren after each event. Since its inception in 2007, the half marathon has become one of Murfreesboro’s premiere events, drawing thousands to compete each October.

Miles spent his childhood in his hometown of McMinnville. He moved to Murfreesboro to attend MTSU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. It was also there that he met and ultimately married the love of his life, Melinda, with whom he enjoyed a rich life of love and adventure for over 41 years. Together, they raised two children, a son Nicholas and daughter Natalie. Affectionately known as “Pops” within his immediate family, Miles enjoyed nothing more than being an active grandfather to his five grandchildren – Tate, Anna, Andrew, Ruby and Charlotte.

Selflessness and generosity are two of many traits that defined Miles. He was eternally optimistic. His childlike curiosity made many also believe in the hidden magic life offers when willing to look for it. His legacy will continue to touch lives through the Melinda and Miles Tate Scholarship, benefiting MTSU students who are or have been married and have a child.

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