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Hernando Water Tower 10K Race

City of Hernando Water Tower 10K Race Benefiting Excel By 5 Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Post Date:09/28/2018 6:08 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2018


Media contact: Gia Matheny

Phone: 662-429-9092




What:    Hernando Water Tower 10K Race

When: 8:00 am, Saturday, October 13

Where: Elm Street and West Center Street


Hernando, Mississippi:  On October 13th, running enthusiasts from the Mid-South and beyond are invited to “Mississippi’s Front Porch” to participate in Hernando’s ninth annual “Water Tower 10K” road race which will highlight the city’s historic districts as well as one of its most-beloved local landmarks.

The 10-kilometer race, which will start Saturday, October 13th at 8 a.m. in the heart of the city at Hernando’s Town Square, features a course that will wind through the city’s scenic, tree-lined streets in the shadow of the Hernando Water Tower. Built in 1925 and officially designated a Mississippi Landmark (the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state) in 2009, the water tower has figured prominently in local lore through the years and gracing the cover of the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars’ “Hernando.”

Proceeds from the race will benefit Hernando Excel By 5's Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) with a goal to improve early childhood education by making sure kids have access to age appropriate books. Every child who is enrolled in DPIL between the ages of one month old to five years old, will receive one book a month until their fifth birthday to instill a love of reading and prepare them for Kindergarten. “Hernando Excel By 5 looks for opportunities to improve health, education, child care and community outreach for parents with young children.  Early literacy is an important aspect of preparing our youngest citizens for school and what better way to raise awareness then through our city’s largest race,” said Gia Matheny, Community Development Director, “We are always looking for ways to improve the health of our community and encourage more options for physical activity.  Our Water Tower 10K race not only attracts many runners from the Mid-South but some drive a few hours to participate in the race and visit our quaint historic city.   The race route is also well known to those who are practicing for the St. Jude half and full marathons.”

Runners and guest are invited to the after-race party which will feature Todd Demers, News Channel 3 Meteorologist and Emcee for awards and great door prizes! Live music by local musician Danny McGregger, food and beverages provided by AC’s Steakhouse, Buon Cibo, Coleman’s BBQ, Hernando Golf & Racquet Club, Nothing Bunt Cakes, Papa Johns, Side Alley Café, Sonic, Subway and we can’t forget the Craft Beer from the Craft Beer Station.  On race weekend, runners and their families will be able to enjoy all that Hernando has to offer. There are plenty of options for shopping, dining, and lodging both around the Square and elsewhere in the city.

The first 400 runners will receive a long-sleeve shirt, and goody bag at registration and a heavy commemorative medal at the finish line.  Pre-registration will be located at Windy City Grille on Friday, October 12 from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.

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