Saturday race stays, festival moves to avoid rain

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – With rain on the way, organizers decided to postpone Saturday’s Boerner Be Wild Festival, but the four-mile foot race will still go on as planned.
The festival, which honors the late community and fitness advocate Hank Boerner, will still feature live music, karaoke, parrot head contest and obstacle run on May 6 at Ballard Park.
“We’re going to do everything except the four-miler,” said Don Lewis, director of Tupelo Parks and Recreation, which is hosting the event with the Healthy Tupelo Task Force.
The Boerner Be Wild four-miler, which is organized by the Tupelo Running Club, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in front of Parkway Elementary. Registration and packet pick up will begin at 7 a.m.
“We’ve never canceled a race,” said Mike Lail, who serves as the race director.
On May 6, the Tupelo Public Schools Boern to Run kid’s challenge will begin shortly after 5:30 p.m. The festivities will close with a 7:30 p.m. dedication at the Tupelo Skate Park.