Runners gather for annual Long Beach half marathon and 5K

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Saturday morning's chilly weather didn't stop runners from doing what they love. Over 100 runners and walkers, ranging from ages seven to 72, registered for the half marathon and 5K runs for the 4th Annual Long Beach Carnival Classic.

Some runners came out to experience running a marathon for the first time. There were even a few out-of-towners that joined the race.

"We were talking this morning like, 'man I'd rather be in bed', but this feels awesome when you're done," said Cheri Payne.

Other out of town runners, like Jeff Fazio, had a goal to run in all 50 states in a year, in honor of a co-worker, and most of all for those who can't run for themselves. Mississippi is Fazio's 40th state over the last six months.

"40 Mission's slogan is 'I run for those who can't'. So in addition to Dee, it's for anyone who can't walk or run, mostly for folks with muscular dystrophy," Fazio said.

Race co-director Angie Johnson and volunteer coordinator Jennifer Glenn are happy with the turn out and enjoy seeing the community have an incentive behind their running.

"Whatever their motivation is, they're all here for the purpose of giving back," said Johnson.

"If you weren't able to make the race this year, definitely come out with us next year," said Glenn.

"We have a great after party, and we just have a lot of fun with this race. The weather doesn't deter us. We're out here in freezing cold temperatures, and we're just going to have a great time. That's what Carnival is about, having a great time."

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