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Great 38 Race Seeks Runners, Volunteers

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor

The 2018 Great 38 event featured more than 800 runners. Photo provided.

The Great 38 Race — a two-day event — is just a few weeks away and organizers are hoping to see registration and volunteer numbers rise.

The event, which features a 5K, 8-mile and 13.1-mile half marathon, helps to raise funds for the Chucky Mullins Endowment that provides scholarships to students with physical disabilities.

The event pays tribute to former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, who played for the Rebels in 1988 and 1989 before becoming paralyzed during the 1989 homecoming game against Vanderbilt. He later died in 1991 due to complications from his injury. While playing for the Rebels, Mullins wore No. 38, which has since been retired.

The 5K and 8-mile race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, while the half-marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27. Each race finishes at the 38-yard line in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

As of Thursday, about 485 people registered to participate in the race.

“Our goal is to have 1,000 runners,” said event chairman Martin King.

Along with runners, King said volunteers are also needed – desperately.

“We need about 150 more people,” he said.

Those who volunteer receive a Great 38 T-shirt.

Registration fees are between $25 and $75 until Oct. 21; depending on which race(s) the individual wants to participate in. Prices go up after Oct. 21.

All runners will receive a T-shirt and those who finish the 8-mile and half-marathon finishers receive a race medal.

To register for the race or to become a volunteer, visit http://thegreat38race.com.

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