About Whistle Stop Challenge
The Whistle Stop Challenge is a first of its kind running event for Southwest Mississippi! The Whistle Stop Challenge is a series of race events spanning 3 days from April 24, 2020-April 26, 2020. The race series is designed to take place in 3 different cities in Southwest MS along the railroad: Brookhaven, Summit, and McComb. The purpose of this design is to showcase the rich history of all three towns which were all started by, or trace much of their early success to, the arrival of the railroad in the 19th century. All three cities currently have beautifully preserved train depots which will serve as a perfect location to host the start and finish of each race. Each day of the weekend series will include a race in one of the three “whistle stop” towns. The series is also designed as a challenge event with longer race distances at each stop. The first event will be a 5K race in Brookhaven on Friday, April 24, followed by a 10K race in Summit on Saturday, April 25, and then the grand finish will be a 15K race in McComb on Sunday, April 26.
Runners will have the option to do 1 or 2 events, or complete the challenge with all 3 races. There is certainly a benefit to runners who choose to run all 3! Each race will have unique customized finisher medals- all featuring a different train car. Those who complete all 3 races will have a complete train!
The Whistle Stop Challenge is an event for everyone! All races are walker friendly! You can register as a runner or walker. It's your race, your pace!
Each race will be concluded with a Finish Line Party and awards ceremony. When you cross the finish line, the party is just getting started! Stick around and enjoy the food, music, and hanging out with your running buddies while you wait to hear the results at the awards ceremony!
Join us this Spring and prove you have what it takes to complete the challenge! Whistle Stop Challenge promises to be one of the most unique race weekends in Mississippi! We can't wait to see you there! All aboard!!
Three Races. Three Cities. Three Days.
About Our Host Cities
5K // Friday, April 24, 2020
Brookhaven Mississippi isn’t just another small town—it’s a Southern experience. Come experience Southern charm, cooking, and more. We can’t wait to show you around!
With lots of great local restaurants and places to shop, and many events year round, you'll definitely want to come back! For more information on Brookhaven, visit www.visitbrookhavenms.com!
10K // Saturday, April 25, 2020
This small town is the highest point on the Illinois Central Railroad between New Orleans and Jackson, TN. You'll find southern hospitality at its best here. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the local favorites...Star Drive-In, Doretha's, or the Sweet Tooth Cafe. Summit is also the home of Southwest Mississippi Community College which was ranked the Best Online Community College in the nation! To learn more about Summit, visit www.summitms.org!
15K // Sunday, April 26, 2020
Known as the town the train built, McComb serves as a hub for Southwest Mississippi. McComb is proud to have one of the best railroad museums in the south. Train enthusiasts consider the McComb Railroad Museum the best train museum south of Chicago! The centerpiece of the museum is a beautifully restored steam engine locomotive. McComb is also a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail as the birthplace of Bo Diddley. While you're in McComb be sure to enjoy a meal at the iconic Dinner Bell restaurant or enjoy a day Percy Quin State Park! For more information on McComb, visit www.mccomb-ms.gov!