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Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
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(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
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3.4
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PRODUCTION
3.6
SWAG
3.9
The Mississippi Blues Marathon will take place in downtown Jackson, Mississippi’s capital city. With live music before, after, and throughout the course, the Mississippi Blues Marathon proves to be one-of-a-kind. Since our inaugural race in 2008, our event has worked to showcase Jackson and the rich Blues history of the … MORE
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    Tororuns REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Repeat pacing assignment. (5th time) Hilly course. But the downhills gives a change to recover & stay on pace. Chilly weather but great running weather. Ok crowd support. Nice aid … MORE

    Repeat pacing assignment. (5th time) Hilly course. But the downhills gives a change to recover & stay on pace. Chilly weather but great running weather. Ok crowd support. Nice aid stations. After party wouldn’t allow us halfers chocolate milk. It was for full. Really? But will pace again next year.

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    4
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    3
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    Evwatkins REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I'm a regular pacer for this race. I've completed this race 4 times (2016 would've been my 5th time had it not been cancelled) and the half once. It's a … MORE

    I’m a regular pacer for this race. I’ve completed this race 4 times (2016 would’ve been my 5th time had it not been cancelled) and the half once. It’s a great race for those completing 50 states. You can now double it with Big Beach marathon or if you’re brave – Miami Marathon. I’ve doubled it three times with First Light in Mobile – however the Blues date was changed for 2018 and now it doubles with Big Beach.
    The course is a bit tough – not the hills but the road conditions. Jackson is known for having horrible roads.
    I planned to pace the 2018 race but was injured.

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4

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    sletou01 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The volunteers in Jackson were out standing. Thanking us for running the marathon and visiting Jackson. Prepare for hills! Not huge hills but quite a few. It rained nearly the … MORE

    The volunteers in Jackson were out standing. Thanking us for running the marathon and visiting Jackson.

    Prepare for hills! Not huge hills but quite a few. It rained nearly the entire race. Spectator were sparse.

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    4
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    2
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    3

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was signed up to run the 2017 race, which was cancelled due to the weather. It was a good (though I'm sure tough) decision made by the Race Director--the … MORE

    I was signed up to run the 2017 race, which was cancelled due to the weather. It was a good (though I’m sure tough) decision made by the Race Director–the roads were incredibly icy and unsafe to run. The team did a good job of providing options to those of us signed up for 2017.

    A new sponsor–Continental–took over this year. I’m glad that the organizers were able to carry on the race. Even though I didn’t get to run last year, I was able to see the finisher jacket and HUGE medal, so I was disappointed this year with the basic white race shirt (long sleeve, though) and a tiny medal.

    EXPO: Located in the host hotel, which is convenient if you are staying there. They had live music, which was a bit much for such a small space (hard to hear anyone!).

    RACES: There are multiple races that all start at the same time: Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, Quarter Note, and 5k. The course starts to thin out as each of the shorter distance groups peeled off [some of the distances seemed off–especially the 5k which was definitely closer to 3.5 or more]. The course was narrow at many points, made even more narrow by the rain which caused large puddles everywhere. The Jackson, MS roads have lots of potholes, which filled up with the rain water. The course wasn’t closed to traffic. At parts, there really wasn’t an obvious path for the runners, we just had to hope that the cars would slow and go around us.

    I didn’t have a car, but it would have helped to have one. There aren’t a lot of restaurant options for pre-race pasta near the hotels.

    I realize the review above slants negative, which is not the intention! Anyone looking to run the 50 states, I would still recommend this race for Mississippi.

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    3
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    3
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    3
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    2

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 28, 2018 at 9:53pm

    Congrats Drew! And nice job on those hills. Rain notwithstanding, glad you were able to cross off Mississippi, though disappointed to hear the medal has shrunk, since that’s been one of the race’s calling cards and star attractions for years. But in the end a medal is a medal, and 26.2 miles always counts the same. And how appropriate that Mississippi on your map is now colored a nice shade of... blue 😊.

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    lap9197 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This event was cancelled due to an ice storm. Everyone looking at the conditions should have known the race was going to be cancelled yet there were many complaints about … MORE

    This event was cancelled due to an ice storm. Everyone looking at the conditions should have known the race was going to be cancelled yet there were many complaints about how late they waited. They allowed runners to still have their swag and some even picked up their medals. (why I’m not sure, they didn’t run the race.) Anyway, the discount for 2018 I do not feel was enough as I’m sure they will be able to recoup most, if not all, of their loss through insurance claims. I feel they did a lot to accommodate for the cancellation however as a runner who had to travel and will not be able to recoup the money spent on airfare, hotel and rental car only giving a 25% reduction in next year’s entry fee was not enough. All of the people I had to deal with at the event to help stranded friends were all very helpful! Rock ‘n Roll stepping up to offer free races was nice but doesn’t help if you still have to travel at the last minute. Please don’t see this as a negative review because I will most likely sign up for this again next year, I just don’t think the end product was a great solution for all traveling runners.

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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I loved this run. The course was challenging. Lots of rolling hills, nothing big, just several of them from the beginning to end. Definitely needed to keep an eye on … MORE

    I loved this run. The course was challenging. Lots of rolling hills, nothing big, just several of them from the beginning to end. Definitely needed to keep an eye on the road, as parts of the challenge of the course was dodging pot holes. But running through the neighborhoods, the spectators along the way, the perfect weather made the marathon perfect. Because I was running again on Sunday, I took off slowly, ran an even pace, and barely slowed down the last few miles.
    The expo was fairly small. There were items to buy, but getting through the expo took but a couple of minutes.
    Water and fuel stops along the way was amazing. It literally felt like there was a stop every mile in the last 10 miles. Definitely no need to carry water or fuel, unless you absolutely needed something special.
    The only complaint might be, they had a bus that took you from Jackson to Mobile, Alabama shortly after the marathon. Nobody at the expo seemed to know anything about the bus, what time it left, or where it picked you up at. I was able to get online and get the needed information, which was clearly explained, but was surprised that there was not a booth at the expo.
    One other concern. Do not pick a hotel based on distance from start and finish line as stated on the marathon website. My hotel was supposed to be 0.4 miles from start and finish. Turns out, a few years ago the course changed, yet they never updated the mile posted on the website. I was just over 1.5 miles from start and finish and walking back to the hotel after the run was a long haul. Nonetheless, this is a very well run marathon.

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    3

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '16

    I have to admit that because of the short time that I had available as a result of my flight, I wasn't able to fully appreciate all of the festivities … MORE

    I have to admit that because of the short time that I had available as a result of my flight, I wasn’t able to fully appreciate all of the festivities associated with this marathon. The course was basically one continuous figure eight, with rolling hills most all of the way. I was disappointed that there weren’t more bands along the course, but the heavy rain may have had something to do with this. The course went through some very nice, upper-income neighborhoods, with huge mansions and beautifully manicured yards. You couldn’t ask for nicer bling and finisher medals. All in all, I would do it again if I had the chance.

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    5

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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '14

    BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a 50 States runner or are simply looking for a low-key, well organized road marathon that appreciates its runners, then you’ve gotta get to the Magnolia … MORE

    BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a 50 States runner or are simply looking for a low-key, well organized road marathon that appreciates its runners, then you’ve gotta get to the Magnolia State for the Mississippi Blues Marathon. With its frequent turns and rolling profile the course isn’t necessarily PR-friendly, but it does offer an unrivaled opportunity to see Mississippi’s capital city up close and personal. Climate-wise, the state is tough to beat as a winter running destination. And if you’re a musician, the medal alone is almost worth the trip.

    PRODUCTION: Aside from eating crunchy yogurt for breakfast on Saturday (through no fault of the organizers), my race weekend in Jackson went off without a hitch. Communication leading up to race weekend was minimal but sufficient, and the pre-race expo was small with just a handful of vendors. The post-race party in the Art Garden was similarly low-key; food choices could have been more diverse, but I was perfectly happy snacking on bananas and chocolate milk to supplement the trail mix we’d brought with us.

    Race volunteers are typically among the most patient and friendly people you’ll meet anywhere. But the volunteers in Mississippi were a cut above in terms of friendliness, seemingly always smiling and taking every chance to thank the runners for coming to Jackson.

    Other than the people, thoughtful race swag set this race apart. In addition to the eye-catching, core-strengthening finishers medal, each race goodie bag contained a Hohner harmonica and a “Made in Mississippi” CD featuring music of the Mississippi Blues Marathon (including the appropriately titled track, “Done Got Tired of Tryin’ ”). And rather than a race t-shirt, all runners received a long-sleeve black microfleece with the race logo emblazoned on the left lapel, and with a zipper that quickly broke. [UPDATE (Jan. 31, 2014): A huge thumbs-up for Race Director John Noblin – all Mississippi Blues runners today received an email saying he’d heard our feedback and would be replacing “all of the shirts that have bad zippers”. As a runner, you can’t ask for a more committed and responsive RD than that… thanks, John!]

    One suggestion for future races would be to have MUCH larger labels for each handheld pace group sign. Our 3:45 pacer (Pacer Bob) did a great job, but whenever he got more than about fifteen feet ahead of me, I needed binoculars to read the time on his pace group sign.

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    5
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    3
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