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Inspired By Famous Hecklers, Half Marathon in Tennessee Changes Its Name

The group of locals playfully heckled runners in a video that went viral.

Last year, a group of locals camped out next to the Franklin Half Marathon course, playing banjos and playfully harassing runners as they ran by.

A video of those hecklers (which you can watch above) went viral—casting so much attention to the small half marathon in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., that race officials decided to change the race’s name.

The newly named Hillbilly Half Marathon returns on Saturday, June 4, welcoming 2,000 runners and likely the “Bailey Bottom Boys” who gave the race worldwide attention.

“While the Bailey Bottom Boys are not affiliated with the race, they have promised to make their presence known to the ‘city folk in short shorts,'” the race website says.

As for the hecklers? Well, they’re probably harmless—but race officials put a disclaimer on their website just in case.

“They seem to be mostly talk, but we urge you to use extreme caution if you encounter them. Some good advice would be to stick together and, if needed, run faster,” the site says.