Refuge hosts first Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Gator Run

Winners of the first annual Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Gator Run were, from left: women’s second place Mary Beth Woodward, women’s first place Meggan Franks, men’s first place Trey McMullan and men’s second place Andrew Eaves.
Staff Writer

The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge hosted its first Noxubee Wildlife Gator Run 5k and Fun Run Saturday morning.

Friends of the Noxubee Refuge member Loraine Walker said the Noxubee Wildlife Gator Run was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Refuge, a group who helps with the up keep of the Refuge and plans events.

“We’re happy we made money, but we’re really excited to have people come to the Refuge who may not otherwise get to see it,” Walker said.

Walker said the course for the run included Loakfoma Lake and the Eagle’s Nest, which showed off the Refuge’s scenery and wildlife, including alligators.

Women’s first place winner was Meggan Franks and second place was was Mary Beth Woodward. Men’s first place winner was Trey McMullan and second place was Andrew Eaves.

Mississippi State University student volunteers helped with the run by handing out water and bagels to runners, picking up trash and assisting with traffic as a part of The Big Event, which also took place Saturday.

The Big Event, sponsored by the Maroon Volunteer Center and the Student Association, is a one-day service opportunity for students and the community to volunteer at various locations throughout Starkville.

Walker said she was excited about this year’s success of the Noxubee Wildlife Gator Run, plans are already in the works for next year’s run.