TUPELO – Race organizers, city officials and sponsors unveiled details and the T-shirt logo on Thursday for the 37th annual Gum Tree Fun Run and 10k.
Andy Hughes, of the Tupelo Runners Club, said they expect the 37th iteration of the race to draw about 1,200 runners.
“You would be surprised how many people will come out and have breakfast on the front lawn with family and friends and really support the race,” Hughes said. “We have four water stops and plenty of music and fun on the route with a nice big party at the finish”
The mostly unchanged race course will begin at Fairpark, wind its way through downtown and Joyner neighborhoods on its way to McCullough Blvd., where it will turn back east to Front St. and then turn south back to Fairpark.
“We believe it’s a good thing for the community in helping Habitat for Humanity with their cause as well as the wellness benefit of running and doing something good in the community,” said John Oxford, director of external affairs at Ranasant Bank, one of this year’s headline sponsors.
All proceeds from the race will go to Habitat for Humanity.
Michelle Shepherd, director of Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity, said the race is always their biggest fundraiser, donating in between $9,000 and $10,000.
She said each year’s donation helps pay for about one-third of a home.
This year’s race is slated for May 10. Registration is open at gumtreerun. racesonline.com. Registration is $18 until April 25, $20 after April 25,and $25 the day of the race.