Run the Mighty Half and 5k race on Feb. 20, 2016, around Ole Miss and Oxford and help start a new kid’s program for the community!
Presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the race is a first in Oxford and in Mississippi. The Mighty Half and 5k is the only race in Mississippi that includes a half marathon. All proceeds from the long and short distance races are going to funds to start a new program for young runners in Oxford called “The Mighty Milers.”
“This free community program seeks to encourage kids to keep moving and live an active lifestyle as they earn rewards from racking up the miles,” according to Rebel Well, a sponsor.
The long distance race starts at 7 a.m., and the 5k starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration ends on Feb. 19, for both races. To register, visit RebelWellMightyHalf.com. It cost $106 for the long distance and $75 for the short distance.
Both races start and end on the Ole Miss campus. The starting line is at the new Pavilion and the Vaught-Hemingway Football Stadium. Runners cross the finish line inside the Manning Center.
“The route will take you on a scenic tour, highlighting the campus of Ole Miss and the streets of Oxford,” Rebel Well said.
The long distance race, or half marathon, is also part of the Inn at Ole Miss Grand Pix. To be eligible for an award at the end of the grand pix, runners must run all four races included in the grand pix schedule. The Mighty Half and 5k long distance race is the first of the four races. The next three races are the Double Decker Spring Run in April, Lee Family Dentistry’s Splash and Dash in June and the Great 38 in October of 2016.
“There will be awards given for the lowest cumulative time for the longest distance series,” Rebel Well said. “You must compete in all four races to be eligible for awards in the series.”
Emily Newton is a staff writer and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.