Plans for the spring’s Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K, to be held in live form, are off and running.
The goal is for a live 10K on May 1, with appropriate precautions, to mark the 40th installment of the race. It will be “not the normal Coke 10K, but one that people are going to be safe with,” Coke President and CEO Kenneth Williams told the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen in a Monday morning meeting.
Registration is now open for the event, which will have a virtual option.
“There won’t be any pre-race or post-race festivities,” said Race Director Mona Lisa Grady. “Nothing where people will have the reason or the need to have to gather or congregate in one area and not be socially distanced.”
As it will be a live race during the challenges of COVID-19, it is hoped the run will give a boost to the racing community.
“That is what we are most excited about, because the running industry has had a long dry spell, and people are really anxious,” said Grady.
Organizers are encouraging the community to get involved and burn some pent-up energy from the slow times of the pandemic.
“Physical exercise is just one great way for people to be able to release some of the stresses and give them something positive to train for and look forward to,” she said.
The plan encompasses all safety precautions and has been reviewed by the hospital, said Grady.
The race will use the new certified start line on Foote Street and will have a rolling start open for 30 minutes.
“People will just walk up socially distanced, and nobody will have to feel like they’ve got to be at the front of the line and get across the line in a big hurry,” said Grady.
Participants will have two hours to finish, as usual, with the course closing at 10 a.m. The start line will open at 7:30 a.m.
The largest consecutively run foot race in Mississippi, it began in 1982 as a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Mississippi. The track is certified by U.S.A. Track & Field.