Gumtree 10K will run as planned on May 10

2014-02-03 Gumtree 10k logoBy John L. Pitts

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The run will go on.

The 37th Gum Tree 10k, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, will stay on schedule, race director Andy Hughes said Thursday after conferring with city officials.

About one-third of the race route – which begins and ends at Fairpark – travels through neighborhoods damaged by Monday’s tornado.

“We were willing to do whatever the city wanted us to do,” Hughes said. “Not only did the city want us to hold the race, the feeling was they really need it to help the community move on.”

Hughes said about two miles of the 6.2-mile race course is located on “parts of the community that were hit the hardest.”

Residents often line the residential streets as the race route snakes through the northern part of city.

Before Monday’s bad weather, Hughes said, early registration had been running about 10 percent ahead of last year. “We’ve always been a last-minute race,” he said. “I would suspect we’ll wind up with 1,200 or 1,300 runners total.”

The morning’s activities also include a 2k run fun.

Coke 10k: The field for Saturday’s Coca-Cola 10k in Corinth closed earlier this week after reaching its limit of 1,500 runners.

The lineup includes 2013 men’s champion Josh Whitehead of Huntsville, Ala., and former Tupelo and Mississippi State distance standout Robert Scribner, who’ll be running in Corinth for the first time.

john.pitts@journalinc.com