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UM challenges community to team up for Rebel Trail Challenge

By Kendall E. Crumbaugh

University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi Department of Campus Recreation invites runners and outdoors enthusiasts to compete in the third annual Rebel Trail Challenge, a 5-mile obstacle race that participants must complete as a duo, on Nov. 12.

The course features six obstacles – including multiple rope challenges, a scaling wall and more – on the South Campus Rail Trail, just west of Chucky Mullins Drive. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, we have seven divisions to fit your needs,” said Shannon Richardson, UM assistant director of campus recreation. “So find a partner and register today because space is limited.”

Registration for the trail challenge can be completed online in a few steps. All participants must be at least 10 years old to compete, and those under 16 must register in the youth division.

The race fee is $25 per person, and proceeds benefit the Bill Kingery Outstanding Student Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are given annually to student employees in the campus recreation department.

This challenge promotes not only partnership, but also a fun way to be healthy and enjoy the outdoors with others. Organizers are seeking volunteers, and all helpers get free T-shirts.

“This race is going to be a great way for me to challenge myself and bond with my sister, Hannah,” said Emma Mitchell, a UM business major. “We have both been working extremely hard to better ourselves physically and mentally. We can do this and build a stronger bond all at the same time.”

Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. and racers will assemble at the starting line at 8:15 a.m. Campus Recreation staff suggests that participants bring the following items on race day:

• Wool and/or polypropylene-layered clothing and socks

• Windbreaker or light jacket

• Running shoes (trail running shoes preferred)

• Warm hat

• Sunscreen and sunglasses

• Personal medications

• Water and high-energy snacks

“This event appeals to the entire Lafayette-Oxford-University community because it’s open to runners ages 10 and up,” Richardson said. “It’s the only adventure-race style event in our area.”