Governor leads by example with foot race

JACKSON — Perhaps it is just symbolic, but it is the right kind of symbolism.

Gov. Phil Bryant is hosting a 5-kilometer run at 8 a.m. June 30. Bryant, an avid runner, often talks of the need to reduce the state’s obesity rate, which is the highest in the country.

A 5K run sets the right example. Plus, it is cool to have a race starting from the Governor’s Mansion. The 3.1-mile course will be run on the streets of downtown Jackson. And people who question whether they can run 3.1 miles take solace. No doubt, there will be many walkers in the event.

The event will benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children