By Kyle Alford
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Fourth of July is a great day for traditions – fireworks, hot dogs and running a mile early in the morning.
The 30th annual Green Street Mile was held Friday morning on South Green St., with the finish line adjacent to Daybrite Dr.
The annual run, sponsored by the Tupelo Running Club, had a 7 a.m. start.
Tupelo native Jim Brown, 35, claimed the best overall time, finishing in 4:52. This year’s Green Street Mile wasn’t Brown’s first: He won the 2013 race with a time of 4:42, and estimates having run the mile a total of six or seven times.
“Whenever I’m in Tupelo it’s a tradition, and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend.” Brown said. “I was trying to go under 4:40 but had to deal with the headwind from the northeast, but everybody dealt with that,” said Brown.
The female winner was Saltillo native Claire Cash with a time of 6:01. It was the University of Memphis cross-country runner’s first Green Street mile.
“I think it’s a great tradition to have; I love dressing in my patriotic red and blue, and it’s a fun thing to come out and do,” said Cash. “I felt like I could have ran a little faster because it was over so quick. I’m not used to running a mile, but I felt pretty good about it.”
The male group winners: Masters, Jimmy Johnson; 12-under, Will Skinner; 13-19, Clay Johnson; 20-29, Cole Payne; 30-39, Adam Coward; 40-49, Jason Beasley; 50-59, Mark Hodges; and 60-over, Frank Boettcher.
The female division winners: Masters, Roan Johnson; 13-19, Carline Greer; 20-29, Amanda Lane; 30-39, Cheri Butzberger; 50-59, Kathey Minnis; and 60-over, Connie Defazio.