It’s time to sign up for Over the River Run

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 6, 2015

The scenic views of the Mississippi River will be on display for people who want to be active and support a good cause.

The 27th Annual Over the River Run is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

“We have such an asset in the Mississippi River and just the beauty of the river and the bridge going across it,” said Stacey Massey, executive director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation.

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The race route goes over the Old U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River and into Delta, La., before turning back across the bridge and ending at the starting line in Vicksburg.

“Just seeing that mass of people run across the bridge is pretty cool,” Massey said.

Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5-mile race. There will also be a one-mile fun run open to all ages, but awards will only be given to age groups 18 and under.

An after party will be held in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot for participants and their families with food, inflatables and music by the band Slaphappy. Awards will be given for overall winners, masters, grand masters, senior masters and in age groups.

“That’s the reward for running that 5-mile race. They get the after party,” Massey said. “Plus it’s a way for the families to come and join in with whoever in their family may have participated in the race.”

This is the sixth year the SCHF has sponsored the 27-year race. The money raised through the event will go towards the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The board will decide whichever issue is most pressing and will address it first.

“Right now we’ve got lots of issues, as you know, with the roof rehabilitation and all that,” Massey said. “It goes towards the many maintenance issues of these five historic buildings.”

Last year was the biggest year to date with 875 participants running and walking to Louisiana and back. Massey hopes to exceed that number this year.

“Registrations have definitely started to come in from even people outside of Mississippi,” Massey said.

The first 500 people to sign-up are guaranteed a T-shirt. The color of the T-shirt is being put to a vote on the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Facebook. The T-shirt that gets the most likes by Monday will be ordered Tuesday. Navy, purple, safety green and natural are the options. The bright safety green color as in the lead Saturday.

Entries fees until Oct. 1, are $25 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under, $55 for families of five or less and $75 for corporate or civic club teams of three to five members. After Oct. 1, the family and team registration will be closed, and the rate will go up by $5 for adults and children.

To register for the race, visit or mail the SCHC at 1302 Adams St., Hobie’s Outdoor Sports, Just Duett Sports or online at Entry forms can also be found at

Participants can pick up their race packets from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 9 at the SCHC auditorium.

Multiple sponsors like Ameristar Casino and Hotel have made this event possible and Massey wants to thank them all for their generosity.

“We do like to recognize our sponsors because really that’s what allows us to be able to have this run and be able to make it a fundraiser,” Massey said.

Now Massey is looking for volunteers to stuff race packets and hand them out to participants in addition to multiple other jobs that need to be completed. Call the SCHC at 601-631-2997 for more information.