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People will pack up their running shoes and race here to Mississippi for the first ever Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon. More than a thousand people for 29 states and Canada have already signed up for this three day inaugural event in December come December 11th thousands of runners will replace the cars of this stretch of Highway 90 as the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon gets underway. The competition is sure to be fierce. Thousands of people have already signed up for this inaugural event and running festival which will stretch over three days.
Danny Bourgeois MS Gulf Coast Marathon Marketing Director, “It’s unbelievable. People see the videos and the things were starting to release kind of teasing the course a little more and as we talk about landmarks and things along the course, the feedback we’re getting is exciting.” It all kicks off December 9th with a health and fitness export at the coast convention center in Biloxi and a poker run in Bay St. Louis Saturday brings a 5k run and kids marathon with a half marathon and main event on Sunday.
News 25’s Kristen Durand tell us, “Here in Pass Christian is where runners will step up to the starting line for the full marathon winding through Long Beach and Gulfport and ending with a big celebration right here at MGM park.”
Renee Areng Executive Director, visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, “It’s huge because it’s in December and that’s not a normal large visitation time for us but it’s certainly balmy for those that are coming in from the Northern U.S. and Canada. It will be a great run. It’s flat, it’s a Boston qualifier, it’s beautiful.” This Boston marathon qualifier is put on by the same group that puts on the Louisiana Marathon so if you have ties to Baton Rouge or just have a passion for running participating in both marathons can get you a special reward.
Danny Bourgeois Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Marketing Director, “So that way you get a little medal, a little bling for running the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and you get a little more bling for Louisiana and then you get a beach to bayou challenge medal as well. So whether you’ll be running, cheering from the sidelines volunteering you’ll be part of the overall picture. Making history while show casing our Mississippi Gulf Coast culture.”
Visit msgulfcoastmarathon.com for more information. Rates start at 25 dollars for the 5k and 95 for the full marathon.

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