CATEGORY: RUN Track & Field



By D.E. Wheeler

Daily Journal

Edwin Crenshaw is nearing the finish line before Saturday’s starting gun, and he felt a lot better Thursday about that fact than he did earlier in the week.

Crenshaw is the race director of Mississippi’s largest 5K road race, the 5K Heart Run/Walk, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday on Green Street, just north of the Green Street-Eason Boulevard intersection. Earlier in the week, he was worried about the low number of preregistered runners after several years of increasing entrant totals.

“It has picked up since Tuesday, and we’re in the process of hitting 600 today,” said a relieved Crenshaw. “It feels better, and now we’re just watching the weather.”

Thursday afternoon, the number of preregistered runners for the 3.1-mile event had reached 625, which might have to contend with cloudy skies and a threat of rain on Saturday. But Crenshaw feels the rain should hold off until the afternoon, and any clouds will keep the temperatures cool and ideal for this type of event.

With its flat course, the Heart Run has been a favorite of runners and walkers for almost 10 years. Runners like the course because of the fast times possible, and walkers like the course because it is very easy.

“For runners, the key to the course, depending on the wind, is the first mile,” Crenshaw said. “Everybody has a faster time the first mile than they’re used to.”

Starting just east of the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, the race sponsor, the Heart Run is basically run north and south on Green Street. And the finish line is located just west of the Wellness Center, on Garfield Street in front of the NMMC Cancer Center.

“If anyone is interested in a PR (personal record), this is it,” Crenshaw said.

People still wishing enter the Heart Run can register today at the Wellness Center for $12. The entry fee goes up to $15 on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Also on Saturday, the first floor of the Wellness Center will be open to race entrants, including the locker rooms, for use before and after the event. Proceeds from the event go to the NMMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

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