The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team is presenting its fans with a new opportunity to give back to the program and stay in shape at the same time.
The Tigers will host their inaugural Black and Gold Run on Saturday, October 10 in the City of Hospitality, Booneville, MS.
“We are hoping to have a big turnout,” said Northeast headman Cord Wright. “This is a fundraiser, but it is also a time for the people from our local communities to come out and meet our team.”
Northeast is offering individuals and families two ways to participate with a long-distance five-kilometer race at 9 a.m. and a one-mile fun run that begins an hour later.
The race begins in front of legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum, which is the home venue of a squad that has compiled six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 titles and an additional six Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championships in its illustrious history.
Entrants will immediately cross Mississippi Highway 145 and enter onto Coach Billy Ward Drive, which is named after the Tigers’ winningest football coach who is now enshrined in the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
A majority of the contest takes place on Booneville City Park’s walking track that weaves through a picturesque wooded area. The competition then returns to campus where athletes find the finish line at Tiger Stadium.
Enrollment is currently available through Wednesday, October 7 at a cost of $25 for the 5K and $15 for the shorter event. This fee covers the cost of an official race t-shirt.
The price to attend increases by $5 per race after that date and runs through the morning of the run. Sprinters are not guaranteed a t-shirt after the end of the early sign up period.
To register, go to www.racesonline.com, search for “Black and Gold Run” and completely fill out the electronic form. Please send checks by mail to Northeast Men’s Basketball, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.
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