By ANGIE CARNATHAN
The Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation hosted its first Annual Historic Starkvegas 10k/5k, Family Fun Run and Pet Parade last year.
Due to the eventâ€™s popularity and success, organizers are gearing up to host it again this year on Saturday, March 24.
Michelle Jones said last yearâ€™s run involved more than 150 runners and about 100 volunteers.
â€śIt was a great success that allowed SCNF to move forward on projects like the downtown Starkville historic survey and production of some walking tours of the historic neighborhoods,â€ť Jones said.
Since the run is about nine weeks away, Jones said getting the news out early would be important to those who might want to start training early.
â€śI know some people who used the Couch to 5k app on their cell phones last year to train,â€ť Jones said. â€śSeveral of them had never run a 5k before, and we hope to have some new participants this year as well.â€ť
Couch to 5k is an app that is downloadable to most smart phones, although some apps are listed under different names. Each is a nine-week training program which gently trains people to be able to run in a 5k. The SCNF 2nd Annual 10k/5k is nine weeks away. Robbie Coblentz of Starkville said he used the program last year to prepare for the SCNF run.
â€śThe race for me was the culmination of the Couch to 5k running plan, which is a great way for novices to start running,â€ť Coblentz said. â€śIt literally takes you from the couch â€¦ to being able to run 30 minutes plus without stopping. Itâ€™s an easy way to train for the SCNF 5k.â€ť
Coblentz said last yearâ€™s race was his first 5k, and it was a great experience. He said he thinks his whole family will run in it this year.
â€śThe start venue at the historic Greensboro Center was a perfect setting for a race,â€ť Coblentz said. â€śIt was very well organized and the entertainment afterward was a nice touch. My wife, Bonnie, is a veteran of several half marathons and ran the race with me. Our two sons, David and Mark, have talked about trying to run the 5k this year.â€ť
Mann Conrad of Starkville said last yearâ€™s race was a great inaugural event that he would like to see continue annually.
â€śIt was a great course with lots of monitors and volunteers,â€ť Conrad said. â€śThey had professional race results and timing. The kidsâ€™ 1-miler was also a great way for my daughter to participate.â€ť
Meredith Martin said the event was a great day of fun that involved something for the whole family.
â€śMy husband and I decided to do the run together,â€ť Martin said. â€śWe thought it would be a lot of fun. We trained a little but were really glad to see all different types of runners at the event. Itâ€™s definitely not just for avid runners â€“â€“ therefore if you are a beginner, you werenâ€™t intimidated at all. We had run some in the past, but I had my second baby a few months before, so it gave us a reason to get out and get started again.â€ť
However, Martin said the benefits went beyond losing her baby weight.
â€śIt was also a great way to see and showcase historic Starkville while getting some exercise and involving the entire family,â€ť Martin said. â€śThere was live music and a great turnout with a wide variety of ages and interests. If you are looking for a fun run to motivate you, this is definitely the one to do. We hope to participate again this year, maybe even push a stroller. Itâ€™s really nice to be able to have something to work for, and the Historic Starkvegas Run in March is a great way to get motivated.â€ť
To sign up for the Second Annual SCNF Historic Starkvegas 10k-5k/Family Fun Run/Pet Parade visit http://www.racesonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=public.race_detail&race_....