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The Great 38 race is back!

We are thrilled to see the Great 38 return to Oxford and Ole Miss.

The run had its debut in 2016 and was one of the better additions to the community lineup. Hundreds participated in the race, designed to commemorate the life of the late Chucky Mullins, the former Ole Miss football player who was paralyzed in a game against Vanderbilt and later died.

The number 38 has become a signature for Ole Miss in the years since. The number is still worn each year by a Rebel player and it is an honor to earn the jersey.

Participants in the inaugural Great 38 race seemed to feel that same way about running. A highlight of the race is that participants finish in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, seeing themselves on the big video board when they cross the finish line.

This year’s event adds another twist, with the addition of a half-marathon. The popular half- marathon will join the 3-miler and the 8-miler to yield something for everyone.

The first race begins at 7 a.m. on All American Drive, just north of the stadium. The community is invited to join in the activity, watching the runners start, finish or both.