TUPELO – For the 25th consecutive year, a hearty band of local runners will rise early on the Fourth of July for the Green Street Mile.
Saturday’s race starts, as always, at 7 a.m. The start line is at traffic light in front of Cooper Tire, with the finish line at the Day-Brite parking lot.
Registration begins at 6 a.m., with the first 75 entrants getting an official race T-shirt.
Max Holman, Tupelo High School’s two-time defending state cross country champion, is already rising early to run 70 to 75 miles a week as he gets ready for the fall.
So, what’s one more mile?
Holman, a rising senior for the Wave, said he plans to be in the pack of 80 or who’ll rise early for a little run before their holiday celebrations begin.
“I’d rather go out and have a good time, rather than worrying about how I finish,” said Holman. “You want to go fast, but you have to remember to have something in reserve at the end. Running a mile in 4:30 is a lot different than running it at a nice, easy jog.”
The 2008 overall winner, Robert Scribner of Tupelo, said he was unlikely to run on Saturday. His final track season at Mississippi State “went a little longer than I expected,” he said, “and I’m just easing back into my training after taking some time off.”
Scribner won last year’s race in 4:27. Holman was the third-place finisher in 4:49.
The women’s champion last year was Wendy Ragle, a former University of Memphis runner, whose 5:27 was easily the fastest women’s winning time since 2000.
It’s the eighth and final year for Bill Garner of the Tupelo Running Club to serve as race director. “It just seemed like a good time to let somebody younger take over,” he said.
The entry fee is $10 for Tupelo Running Club members, $15 for non-members.
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