Weather a concern for Saturday races

By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal

Organizers of two Saturday morning events will be warily watching the forecast today and the skies on race day.
The 29th annual Coca-Cola Classic in Corinth is expecting more than 900 runners for the 10-kilometer race that serves as the state championship at the distance. It’s set for an 8:30 a.m. start.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely,” one of the race directors, Kenneth Williams, said Thursday. “We feel like we’ll know a lot more about the specifics of the forecast by Friday afternoon.”
As a precaution, Saturday’s Coca-Cola Classic pre-race and after-race activities are being moved to the Coca-Cola plant warehouse at 601 Washington Street, about four blocks from the start line.
“We will continue to look at our options, depending on weather conditions,” Williams said, including possible delays or postponement. “Safety will be the No.1 thing on our minds, especially after the recent severe weather in the region.”
The status of the race will be updated at www.coke10k.com and on popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
The fifth King of the Hill Triathlon is set for an 8 a.m. Saturday start at Tombigbee State Park near Plantersville.
Race co-director Mark Bresee said there’s an option to eliminate the half-mile swimming leg if water conditions are unsafe and to proceed with a “duathlon” with the 20-mile cycling race and 3.6-mile run.
“If there’s real severe weather, we can try to start a little later on Saturday, but we don’t really have a way of postponing the race to another day,” Bresee said, because it would come into conflict with other events.