By Mallory Mixon
The fourth annual Southern 6 Trail Race continued as planned on February 19 with over 200 students and community members experiencing an extra challenge by running through rain and mud on Southern's slick Biology Trail.
The Race wouldn’t have happened without generous sponsors. Wild Trails, Rock/Creek, Diversified Companies LLC, Sunbelt, Scott’s Bicycle Center, Village Market, Panera Bread, Studio 59, and KidsPark were some of the top supporters of the race.
The day began at 11 a.m. with registration. At 1 p.m. the racers proceeded to the Hickman Science Center. Alana Retseck, a GA from outdoor education, has her father involved in a special way for the race. He fired a musket into the air to signal the start of the race.
Even though the Southern 6 Trail Race is about running the Biology Trail, there are ways for volunteers and spectators to enjoy the event as well. Bill McCalllie and his band In Cahoots from Cowboy Jubilee came out to the race too. In Cahoots played bluegrass music for runners and spectators to enjoy and helped make the day memorable. Sunbelt provided runners with granola bars. And Rock/Creek rewarded runners with a coupon for 20 percent off an item in stores or online.
This year's winners received handcrafted mugs by local artist and Southern professor, Loren Howard. They also received a pair of Saloman Trail running shoes.
The Southern 6 Trail Race is an enjoyable fundraising event for Southern’s Outdoor Education program and helps maintain Southern’s Biology Trail.
Ashley Johnston, junior nursing major, agreed. "I'm so glad I decided to [run] the race," she said. "It was my first 6k and it was such an accomplishment to finish. The trails were beautiful, [I] loved the try out Saloman shoes and all in all [I] have gained a greater passion for running."