On October 12th, running enthusiasts from the Mid-South and beyond are invited to “Mississippi’s Front Porch” to participate in Hernando’s tenth annual “Water Tower 10K” road race which will highlight the city’s historic districts as well as one of its most-beloved local landmarks. The 10-kilometer race, which will start Saturday, October 12th at 8 a.m. in the heart of the city at Hernando’s Town Square, features a course that will wind through the city’s scenic, tree-lined streets in the shadow of the Hernando Water Tower. Built in 1925 and officially designated a Mississippi Landmark (the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state) in 2009, the water tower has figured prominently in local lore through the years, most recently gracing the cover of the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars’ “Hernando” CD. Proceeds from the race will benefit Hernando Excel By 5's Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) with a goal to improve early childhood education by making sure kids have access to age appropriate books. Every child who is enrolled in DPIL between the ages of one month old to five years old, will receive one book a month until their fifth birthday. A WEEKEND OF FUN FOR EVERYONE -- As any Hernando resident knows, a porch just isn’t a porch without a party! Race weekend activities include post-race on Saturday and will feature live music by popular “home-grown” musicians, great door prizes and food and beverages provided by local vendors. On race weekend, runners and their families will be able to enjoy all that Hernando has to offer. There are plenty of options for shopping, dining, and lodging both around the Square and elsewhere in the city, which can be found on the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.hernandoms.org.