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36th annual Run for the Roses this Saturday

The 36th annual Run for the Roses 5K walk/run will be held this
Saturday in Prentiss.
The Run for the Roses 5K event is one of Mississippi’s premier road
races produced by the Run for the Roses Committee and community
participation.
Registration fee proceeds from the race will be used to support the
college scholarship fund and community improvement projects.
The event attracts runners/walkers from across the states to Prentiss.
Runners from Georgia and Louisiana are pre-registered, among others.
The 5-K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. The one-mile walk/run will begin
shortly after the conclusion of the 5-K (approximately 9 a.m.) and the
quarter-mile preschool walk/run will follow (approximately 9:30 a.m.).
All participants are urged to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of
event start time in order to check-in and pick up race t-shirts.
You must register to enter the runs and to be eligible to win an
award. Individuals and five member teams may compete in the 5K
run/walk.
Awards will be given to the overall winner, male and female, first
Jefferson Davis County runners, male and female, Masters male and
female, Grand Masters male and female, and top three finishers in each
age group, male and female.
In the one-mile, awards will be given to the top three finishers in
each age group (0-15) regardless of sex; and the top two finishers (16
and up) regardless of sex.
Ribbons will be given to finishers while supplies last and an award
will be presented to the school with the most participants.
There will be a quarter-mile preschool run for children 6 years of age
and under.
There will also be an Oldest Participant award.
The Overall Winner, male and female, will receive awards and $100 cash.
The Masters Winner, male and female, will receive awards and $50 cash.
T-shirts with race logo and sponsors will be presented to all
participants registered prior to April 5.
To honor a long time tradition roses will be given to all female 5K
finishers and bouquets for Overall, Masters and Grandmasters female
winners.
There will be a $500 cash award given to the male and female who
breaks the 5K course record of male 15:03 minutes and female 18:15
minutes. The female record was broken in 2016 by Tiffany Ann Dudly.
Dudly broke the decades old record by finishing the race three seconds
faster than the previous record holder with a time of 18:15.
Dudly is from Starkville and said she decided she wanted to do a run
in the southern portion of the state so she searched the internet and
found Prentiss’ Run for the Roses.
New to this year’s race will be an award for best dressed runner in the 5K.
The MS Track Club will time all run events and the best time wins each event.
All participants are eligible to win multiple awards.
Also during this year’s event, there will be an Easter egg hunt in the
Longleaf Trace Park.
Participants 10 and under are welcome to participate.
Children 5 and under will hunt together while children 6-10 will hunt
together. Particpants are asked to bring their own basket to gather
the eggs.Eggs will be provided.
Come out to the Prentiss Longleaf Trace Park this Saturday for the festivities.
Whether you watch or participate in the runs Saturday morning, it will
be a good place to meet your friends or bring your family for fun,
fellowship and entertainment.
For further information about the Run for the Roses events visit the
website at www.runfortheroses5k.com or contact Missy Jones at
601-792-5741.