Upon arrival at Lake Tiak-O’Khata, the location of the race start, “host” hotel and packet pickup it brought back memories of summer camps I had attended growing up.
Once packets were picked up and cars were unloaded we made preparations for the point to point to point race by dropping off cars at the Neshoba County Fair finish line to ease the burden of retrieving our bikes the following day.
The run course takes place on the shoulder of Highway 21 and ends on the horse track of the Neshoba County Fair. It is hilly and hot but is well supported with aid stations manned with teams of volunteers eager to provide water, popsicles and ice. The last portion of the course is like no other and ends with a full representation of the fair complete with colorful family cabins, political campaign signs, livestock and fair goers cheering you on to the finish.