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AM21-047, circa 1978


Form of Material

Exterior sign from Finish Line Sports, located in the Village Green mall on North 25th Avenue. The store was operational from 1978-circa 1983.

Finish Line Sports served as the unofficial headquarters of the Hattiesburg Track Club. Regular Friday evening fun runs began and ended at the store. A popular 3-mile Turkey day run was staged on Thanksgiving morning. FLS was a convenient meeting spot for training runs.

The original owners of the store, Elmer and Ann Beardshall, were founding members of the Hattiesburg Track Club. They later sold out to a group headed by Tony Gilbert. The Hattiesburg Track Club gradually became defunct because of a lack of individuals interested in the administrative and race production duties. Local organizations like the Family Y, the Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine, and the Hattiesburg Clinic picked up the task of producing road races.

Finish Line Sports played an important role in the growth of running and fitness in the Hattiesburg community.


  • circa 1978


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.


1 Item : Location: 113F

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Given By: Dr. John L. Pendergrass M.D.

Date of Receipt: March 4, 2021

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001