Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k

Bethany at the Coca-Cola 10k 2011
Me and my medal

Time again for the Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k presented by…Pepsi! No wait, that doesn’t sound right…

The 30th annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k was held in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi (population 14,000) on May 7th at 8:30am. Corinth is just 30 minutes from my hometown of Selmer, Tennessee. Bobby and I signed up again for this race back in March for the early registration price of $16 each. If you waited until the day of the race it would jump to $25.

So what did Bobby and I get for our mere $16?

  • Short sleeve tech shirt.
  • Great crowd and race support for a small town race (clocks almost every mile, water stops every mile, lots of people out cheering for such a rural area).
  • Nice medal (this year’s was even better than last’s).
  • Commemorative plastic “30th Annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k” chip timer that you get to keep.
  • They use the chip timer to announce your name at the finish line (love it when they do that!).
  • So many different kinds of snacks and drinks at the finish line you you’d think they were feeding the whole town.
  • Massive amounts of freebies (shirts, koozies, lanyards, water bottles, etc) the Air Force and Coca-Cola throws out from the stage before awards.
  • Trophies 5 deep.
  • Cash prizes for those 25+ (backpacks for the kiddies).
Bobby at the Coca-Cola 10k
Bobby wins 1st in 25-29

Bobby finished at 39:53 (broke 40 for the first time) and 1st in his age group, winning $50 cash! I finished at 57:07 and 12th in my age group (much better than my time last year when I had to walk some!).

A few words of advice:

  • The course is a lot of rolling hills – very little flatness.
  • The first and last miles are of downtown Corinth with lovely old homes, but the rest is suburbia and country roads. Not bad to look at, but a little boring.

Dad and Bethany at the Coca-Cola 10k
Dad and I at the Coca-Cola 10k

Finally, no visit to Corinth is complete with a slugburger. If you get done with the race around an hour or less, walk over to Borroum’s Drug Store just blocks from the start and grab one or two for $1.25 each for an early lunch. You can eat and have plenty of time to walk back before awards start. The key is to get there before the race crowd comes in and there is no where to sit (that happened to us last year). Milkshakes and other delicious food is served there as well.

Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k

Evacuate to Corinth! That was the best thing we did Saturday because compared to everywhere else in the Midsouth, the weather there was nice. Just a little drizzle every once and a while.
Woke up in Memphis at 4:30am when tornado sirens started going off. Planned to get up at 5:00am, so wasn’t a biggee. Wasn’t even raining yet! But when we headed out at 5:30am it was pouring. We would hit pockets of pouring rain, thunder and lightning all the way to down Hwy 72. Got to Corinth at 7:00am – plenty early since the race wasn’t until 8:30am. Got a preemo parking spot right next to the start/finish.

My goal was to run it in under 1 hour (last 10k, at Winter Cross Country Series was 1 hour and 3 minutes), but I haven’t been practicing like a should and slowed down a lot after mile 3. I did it in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 16 seconds. Got 10th in my age group. I am kicking myself because if I had kept pace I bet I would have got a cool trophy (they were given 5 deep in each age bracket). But all finishers did get a medal, an unexpected surprise.

Bobby’s goal was 48 minutes. He knocked it out with a time of 43 minutes and 27 seconds. This earned him 3rd place in his age group, a cool trophy made from an old glass coke bottle painted gold and $20. He had to sign a waiver saying, “The acceptance of prize money may affect an athlete’s amateur status”. He’s a pro!

Afterwards Dad took us to eat at the Slugburger Cafe on Hwy 72. If you’ve never had a slugburger, they are great. They were invented during the Depression when meat was scarce and consist of fried cereal/meal instead of burger (another name for these is “cerealburgers”).
They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are called slugburgers because they used to cost 5 cents (a “slug”). Due to inflation and tasty demand, ours cost $1.25 (still darn cheap). I highly recommend them as post-race fuel. Someone in Memphis needs to start making these! (preferably close to my house)