By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Regional Rehabilitation Center and Tupelo Running Club are putting the blues in motion Nov. 10 with the second Shakerag Half Marathon.
Runners will leave from downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark District at 8 a.m. Nov. 10 and wind up along Elvis Presley Drive, Veterans Boulevard and Old Saltillo Road before returning to Fairpark for a total of 13.1 miles.
Along the course, runners will be serenaded by local musicians Kevin Wade and Bart Mason. At the race’s end, runners and volunteers will once again be treated to the Mary Mason band and West End Barbecue.
Corinth running and fitness advocate Kenneth Williams, who has run up and down Mississippi and is in Ireland to run the Dublin Marathon this weekend, is looking forward the Shakerag because it pulls so many of his interests together – running, the blues and Regional Rehab.
“I have seen the work of the organization,” Williams said. “I’m just blown away by what they do for people.”
Proceeds benefit Regional Rehab, which provides free physical, occupational and speech therapy services to children and adults.
“Our clients have their own marathons to run,” said Executive Director Kay Mathews. “It means so much to us that runners and volunteers would run for them.”
Cost of the race is $55, and runners can sign up at racesonline.org.
The first event last year got great reviews for its folk art T-shirts, custom medallions for finishers and great post-race party.
“It was hugely successful on all levels,” said race director Mike Lail with 322 participants. “People came from six states.… For a small town race, we did pretty good.”