Over The River Run, Saturday, October 13, 2012, Vicksburg, MS.
Vicksburg resident Kristi Hall, 34, wins the women's division at 24th annual Over the River Run on Saturday.
Sam Gearhart, 16, of Clinton, takes first place overall at the 24th annual Over the River Run on Saturday.
Elizabeth Joiner of Vicksburg repeated in the women's 5 mile walk in 56:22, while Larry Robinson of Forest won the men's in 48:53.
Hunter Emery, 14, won the 1-mile fun run in 6:44 and 10-year-old Cassidy Lampkin won the girls race in 6:57.
On a sunny and warm Saturday morning, the Over the River Run enjoyed the best day in its 24-year history. A total of 679 runners, walkers and fun runners completed Vicksburg's full road race on the old U.S. Highway 80 Mississippi River Bridge.
Race Director Annette Kirklin said 767 people signed up for the three events. In all races, a number of runners and walkers don't cross the finish line and aren't given an official time. The total number of entrants eclipsed last year's previous record of 733.
"It's the best one we've had and it keeps getting bigger," Kirklin said. "The great weather had a lot to do with it, but I also think having this to be the first race for the new Vicksburg Slam helped."
The Vicksburg Slam is a new competition that rewards participants who complete in all three of Vicksburg's road races. The next race of the Slam will be January's Chill in the Hills, which is run through downtown Vicksburg. The Slam is capped by March's Run Through History at the Vicksburg National Military Park.