By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Additional markers and signage to show the route of the Coca-Cola Classic 10K Run will be in place before this year’s May 1 event date.
The Corinth city board earlier this month approved the additional markings requested by race spokeswoman Mona Lisa Grady.
The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau contributed $3,500 to the race – $1,500 for advertising and $2,000 for the signage project.
“One way we believe we could draw visitors to Corinth for an extended stay would be to have the race route clearly defined throughout the year, not just on race day,” Grady said in making the request to the CVB and the city. “Runners often desire to run a route before the actual race, and we believe it would be beneficial for the route to be marked, welcoming and encouraging for runners to utilize at their convenience.”
This is the 29th year for the race, and last year it drew 900 registrants and 735 finishers. More than half of those who registered live outside Alcorn County.
“We want to put a permanent sign near the race start line,” Grady said, “and supply brochures that would highlight points of interest along the route.”
To show runners that they are on the right trace, additional mile markers would be inset into the sidewalk, replicating several in existing locations.
“Race organizers are always looking for new ways to improve our participants experience, both during race day and for the year-round sport,” Grady said.
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