UPDATE: Gum Tree run working on course sanctioning

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Gum Tree 10K race director Andy Hughes is working closely with USA Track & Field officials to get the race’s 6.2-mile course sanctioned before the May 8 footrace in Tupelo.
“I believe it will be certified by next Saturday,” Hughes said Thursday. “The USATF has been extra helpful. Former Gum Tree race director Johnny Dye is also working with me on this.”
A question of the course’s certification came to light earlier this week as the result of a squabble between the run and the GumTree Festival over the use of one downtown block of Jefferson Street.
“This wasn’t even an issue until this week, but I’m glad this came up,” Hughes said. “Now that we know this, we are being saved a lot of grief. We’re going to get this straightened out.”
Hughes added that he has not heard from city officials whether the run’s course will have to be altered because of the festival.”

More in the NEMS Daily Journal Friday.

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