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The 2021 Hope Continues 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk is the fifth year of an annual event that replaces the prior Tupelo Breast Cancer Awareness Run. 100% of the proceeds will stay in the sixteen counties of Northeast Mississippi. Funds will be used to provide screening and support for affected individuals. Last year we were able to raise over $35,000 dollars through the race, sponsors, and donations. Let's beat that amount this year! The course is the same fast course with the start and finish remaining in the same location in down town Tupelo.
Awards: will be given for timed participants in the 5K only. Equal awards for female and male runners. Top (3) Overall Male and Female, Top Over-All Masters and Grandmasters. Three deep in the following age groups: 0-9, 10-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.
Entry fees are $20 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 Mile Walk until September 19, 2021. The fees go up to $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1 Mile Walk until October 29, 2021. Race day registration will be available at $30 for the 5K and $25 for the 1 Mile Walk. There is a extra $5 fee if you wish to have a timing chip to be eligible for awards in the 5K. There will be NO Refunds due to the fact this is a fundraiser for a very good cause!
Packet pickup: will be held at Core Cycle & Outdoor on October 29 from 2p.m. till 7 p.m. Core is located at 1697 N. Coley Rd. Tupelo, MS 38801
Volunteers & race personnel will be asked to wear a mask at any time they are unable to be at least 6’ from other people. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available for volunteers and participants. In-person race registration will have multiple registration areas so distancing can be maintained.
Run club will invest in hand sanitizing stations &/or hand wash stations for porta potties.
Start line protocol:
We will enforce socially distancing at the starting line. Timed runners (Bib numbers 1 to 250) will be called to the starting line first followed by a short delay for untimed runners (Bib numbers 1001 to 1500) to line up.
Extra tables will be utilized to spread out the area, cups will be spread out to avoid cups touching and volunteers will not hand water to runners. Volunteers will use gloves and mask when filling water cups and picking them up.
Finish area protocol:
Volunteers will wear mask and gloves in finish area and participants and supporters will be reminded to socially distance from one another.
For races that will have in-person award presentation, race officials will utilize masks and gloves and winners will not be grouped closer than 6’ for pictures. Supporters will be asked to stay socially distanced by households.
*Announcements will be made periodically during all events to remind all attendees to practice social distancing.*
**All plans are subject to change contingent upon state and local restrictions at time of event.**
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