By NEMS Daily Journal
Former University of Alabama runner Emmanuel Bor broke from the pack in the final mile to win Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k in downtown Tupelo.
Unofficially, Bor won in 30:20.
Defending Gum Tree champion Reuben Mwei was second and Daniel Kirwa – winner of last Saturday’s Coca-Cola 10k in Corinth – was third.
Lydia Kosgei, just graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, was the top female finisher in an unofficial 34:49.
This year’s race was run on a new route, starting on Main Street and finishing at the entrance to Fairpark. Mwei won last year in 29:19 and the top women’s runner finished in 35:45.
The top finishers all acknowledged that Saturday’s race was run at a slightly slower pace, at least partly due to race strategy in the face of a new, more uphill finish.
“Everyone was waiting and waiting for somebody to make a move,” said Bor, who ran along with Mwei and Kirwa in a pack of five at the front for much of the race.
Look for extensive coverage of the Gum Tree 10k, along with results for all finishers, in Sunday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.