Magnolia Marathon & Half seeking Magnolia tree donations

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian-based Magnolia Marathon and Half – one of Mississippi’s premier full and half marathons – is requesting Magnolia tree donations. The event uses Magnolia wood to create custom finisher and overall awards from locally sourced Magnolia trees. The event will not have enough wood for the 10th anniversary of the race in 2021.

Race director, Evelyn Watkins, says that if anyone in the area is already thinking about cutting down their Magnolia trees, the organization would like to use the wood. As the protected state tree, these must also come from private property. For Watkins, it is important that the event to use local vendors.

“Almost everything we have is locally sourced. We got – recently got new signs printed from a local printing company,” she said. “So we’re trying to keep it as local as possible and having the magnolia trees, which is the state tree of Mississippi, is kind of symbolic – is a symbol for our race.”

The process of creating the awards takes eight months and Watkins is seeking donations within the next couple of months to maintain a healthy supply of wood. The November race is in its eighth year. Those interested in donating trees can reach Watkins at magnoliamarathon@yahoo.com