After an overwhelming successful inaugural event, the 2nd Annual Hotter than Hades Half Marathon is slated for Saturday, June 22, 2013. In addition to the half marathon, a two-team relay for the course of the half marathon is being added to the event to increase participation with the more casual runners.
The Hotter than Hades Half Marathon is organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church and all proceeds go to support the special needs mission of Camp Bratton Green.
“We had such a successful event last year and look forward to an even better event this year,” said race organizer Jamie Murrell, who serves as Senior Warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church. “We are excited about adding a two person relay to the event, and we are also going to start even earlier so we ensure that the stifling heat of June will not rear its head until the runners have crossed the finish line.”
The half marathon will be begin at Simmons Planting Company in Tralake, follow the length of Tribbett Road , and conclude at the finish line at the Mitchell Distributing Budweiser Plant on U.S. 82 in Leland. Runners will need to be at Mitchell Distributing at 5:15 a.m. and buses will take the runners to the starting line at Simmons Planting in Tralake for the 6:15 a.m. starting gun by Bubba Simmons. The after-race celebration will be held at Mitchell Distributing, who are providing the refreshments and Squencher for the tired racers, as well as Lost Pizza in Indianola and Cleveland providing pizza. Other major sponsors of the race include Double Quick and Planters Bank.
Last year’s event drew over 150 runners from __ states and the combination of Delta hospitality, intriguing water stations, and a well-run total race experience is expected to draw even more interest this year. The race will be capped at 300 runners for the half marathon and 50 two-person relay teams.
“Running is increasingly popular in the region and we thought, correctly, that a fun half marathon in the Delta in June would peak the interest of our more dedicated athletes during the dog days of summer,” said Murrell. “Certainly, it is going to be hot, but we are going to begin the race early enough in the morning to miss the suffocating heat and there will be fun water stops at every mile on the 13.1 mile run. There are more and more races available to runners, and we go the extra mile to make sure that we take care of our participants and that they have a memorable experience.”
There is a $45 registration fee for the half marathon and $35 per person fee for the relay. More information about the marathon, including details on how to register, can be found at www.tribbetthalfmarathon.com or by contacting Jamie Murrell at 662-347-2920. There will be a total of 13 water stations throughout the Tribbett countryside, and volunteers from around the region have already signed up to see which water station group has the most entertaining stop – with the winner receiving a $100 donation to the charity of their choice.
Murrell also said that there will be a special “Carb-Loading Dinner” the night before at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 6-8 p.m. open to both runners and community members. This $15 meal will feature plenty of tasty carbohydrate options for both the athletes and those that simply love a good meal they do not have to prepare. In addition to the menu, William McGee of Lazy Bone will entertain the diners with his special blend of Delta blues, rock, and folk
“We want people to come to Leland, Tribbett, and the Delta and enjoy this special place with a fun and well-organized experience in the heat of the summer,” said Murrell. “This is a special place and we want this event to be a special day in the life of the region, and we encourage both runners and spectators to come out and be a part of it. By doing so, you will help young disabled girls and boys have even more special days at Camp Bratton Green. The boys and girls of Camp Bratton Green came to Leland to thank our church family last year after the race, and our parish left that day even more emboldened to support their efforts.”
For more information about Camp Bratton Green, please visit http://graycenter.dioms.org/camp/index.html