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Great 38 Race sets new turnout record

More than 800 runners came out for this past weekend’s Great 38 race series in Oxford.

The weekend, which consisted of 5-kilometer, 8-mile and half-marathon races, benefitted the Chucky Mullins Endowment at Ole Miss, grew for the fourth time in its short four-year lifespan.

Walt Johnson, 17, won the male half-marathon with a time of 1:19:43, an average pace of 6:05 per mile. Megan Scharnell, 37, was the top finishing female with a time of 1:39:33.

Johnson, a senior at Oxford High School, is also the school’s all-time cross country record holder.

Louis Vasquez won the male 8-mile race with a 49:31.69, with Lianne Masquelier finishing first among women with a 1:01:23. Charlie Dawson’s 17:36 5k time took gold in that race, with Michelle Chewens winning the women’s 5k with a 21:15.

Race chairman Marvin King told the EAGLE back in September that he eventually would love the race to be the largest of its type in Mississippi. In just four years, the race has grown to in the range of 800 to 900 participants. Comparing it to the annual 1,500-runner anticipated turnout for the Double Decker 5k, which has been around for about 25 years, the growth seems both sustainable and quick.

The Chucky Mullins Endowment at Ole Miss benefits students with physical disability, or those demonstrating exceptional financial need.