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Sports &Recreation Roundup

By By Steve Swogetinsky / special to The Star
April 22, 2004
The city of Meridian's church and commercial softball leagues will begin their 2004 regular season during the first week of May.
Charlie Turner of the city recreation department reports that more than 60 teams are entered in the men's and co-ed leagues: 35 men and 27 co-eds.
Meanwhile, some area youth softball traveling teams are gearing up for the summer schedule with the Hattiesburg Invitational kicking things off this weekend. Teams from West Lauderdale, Clarke and Newton counties are entered. All area traveling teams entering this tournament are asked to report their scores to Steve Swogetinsky at 776-6102.
Volleyball season winding down
The Pine Grove Thumpers have won first place in the youth division of the city recreation department's volleyball league with a win over the Choctaw Youth.
Quick completes Boston Marathon
Meridian's Jim Quick finished the Boston Marathon Monday with a time of 4:28.43. Quick, 53, has been training for the past couple of months for the event.
According to the Boston Marathon website, he was the 13,227th person to complete the race, the 8,555th male, and the 1,610 in his age group.
The race statistics are as follows: Entered: 20,344; started: 17,950; finished: 16,743. Timothy Cherigat of Kenya finished first with a time of 2:10:37.
Bonita Classic 5K set for May 1
The Bonita Classic 5K run is set for Saturday, May 1, at Bonita Lakes.
The 5K race starts at 8 a.m., followed by a 2 Mile Walk and Fun Run at 9 a.m.
For more information, call 693-2381, or go to
Statewide schedule for road races
Here are some of the upcoming road races from across the state according to the Running Journal's Internet site:
Saturday, Kosciusko Natchez Trace Festival 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 8am. Info: Willa Sanders (662)289-2981.
Saturday, Pass Christian Soil Stewardship 5K, 1 mi.; 8am. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
Saturday, Starkville Old Cotton Mill 5K Run, 8am. Info: Shay McDonnall (662)323-9090.
May 1, Collins Okatoma Festival 5K, 8am; $10, $12 RD. Info: Okatoma Festival, POB 1595, Collins, MS 39428; Marie Shoemake (601)765-6012.
May 1, Columbus Market Street Festival 5K, 8am. Info: Len Honeycutt (662)328-7696.
May 1, Corinth Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K Run, 8:30am; Wheelchair, 8:20 a.m. Info: Tina West, POB 240, Corinth, MS 38835- 0240; (662)286-6051,, Web site.
May 8, Jackson Methodist Church 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 8am. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
May 8, Tupelo Gum Tree 10K Run, 8:30am; $16 before 4/24, $18 before 5/7, $20 RD. Info: Tupelo Running Club, POB 511, Tupelo, MS 38802; (662)844-2391,
May 15, Carthage Heart of Mississippi 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 8am. Info: Chamber (601)267-9231.
May 15, Gulfport Pursuit of Fitness 5K, 1 mi.; 8am. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
May 22, Jackson Run From the Sun 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 5 p.m. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
May 29, Jackson Naifa 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 8am. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
June 5, Pass Christian St. Paul Seafood Fest 5K, 1 mi.; 8am. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
June 5, Raymond Sr. Olympics 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856- 9884.
June 5, Tupelo Running With The King 5K, 8:30am. Info:
June 12, Jackson Belhaven Market 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi. FR; 8am. Info: Julia Daily (601)948-6436.
June 19, Jackson Courthouse 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
June 25, Senatobia Senatobia MS 5 Star Races, 5K Run &2 Mile Walk 7 p.m.; 1 mi. FR 7:30 p.m.; Toddlers 6:30 p,m. Info: Carolyn Stanford (662)562-8202.
June 26, Pearl Pearl Day 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
July 3, Jackson Watermelon Classic 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601) 856-9884.
July 3, Ocean Springs Wesson Memorial 2 Mile &1/4 Mile, 8am. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
July 10, Byram Swinging Bridge 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856- 9884.
Aug. 14, Jackson Run for the Son 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856- 9884.
Aug. 21, Jackson New Hope 5K. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
Aug. 28, Vicksburg Over the River 5-Mile. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.
Sept. 5, Tupelo Tupelo Marathon &14.2 Mile, 5 a.m. Info:,
Dec. 11, Ridgeland Merchants &Farmers Bank Half Marathon, Walk 7:30am; Run 8am; W/C div. Info: Jim Myrick (601)856-9884.