Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon course features a fast, flat, BQ-friendly path along the coast from Pass Christian to Biloxi. Runners are entertained by supporters and spectators while viewing breathtaking beaches historic homes, local restaurants and luxury casino resorts. The course will be a USATF Certified Boston Qualifier route. Founded … MORE
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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    This would have been my 55th marathon had the course been laid out correctly. Unfortunately, the turnaround point on the interstate (which wasn't smart to begin with) was in the … MORE

    This would have been my 55th marathon had the course been laid out correctly. Unfortunately, the turnaround point on the interstate (which wasn’t smart to begin with) was in the wrong place, causing the marathon (only) course to be .3 short. The RD later apologized and has offered discounts/incentives to make up for it.
    This is the race’s 2nd year. The course is a straight point to point along the beach highway. You can basically see the Beau Rivage Casino/Hotel (near the finish) the entire race. Unless you live in a land locked state and rarely see a beach, then it isn’t that impressive. (Full disclosure-I’m not really a beach person either.) The course was changed to include a short out and back that ran along the interstate on ramp and up the interstate to a turnaround and then back down the off ramp then left to the park to finish. This section was AWFUL! The on-ramp is a very sharp curve. There were also bridge connector grates all along that section that were separated enough for someone to break an ankle/leg in. Two were so spread out that we had to literally jump over them. A small person could have easily slid right through!
    There were plenty of water stops, police and volunteers. My favorite part was the section where we ran through the downtown/historic streets in Pass Christian – the only section (besides the interstate) where you weren’t on the beach road.
    Finish line food was sufficient – however I am Vegan so there wasn’t much I could eat besides the white rice at the gumbo tent. Not a big deal though as I am used to that.
    Overall, not a bad one, just not one that I will likely repeat.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 31, 2018 at 6:47pm

    So sorry this happened to you Evelyn, none of us ever wants to run (much less PAY to run) a 25.9-mile training run. Running a marathon is stressful enough, so I can't imagine being told that the one I just ran didn't count. Luckily you didn't have to travel far for this race, so maybe at least there's that silver lining? As a vegetarian (and vegan when I can), I appreciate hearing about the food options at races since there typically aren't many – though as you know, their other race in Louisiana is very veggie-friendly. Thanks for another excellent review!

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    robrien0215 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to … MORE

    I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday).
    Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to race day.
    Swag is minimal that is the only slight negative and it is such a small thing. Surprised you got a medal and tech shirt for the 5k in edition to a medal and tech shirt for the half. If you run 2 races, you also get a seafood tray.
    Event was so well organized-every single volunteer was over the top friendly and helpful. It was cold race morning and the bus driver allowed us to stay on the bus to the last possible moment.
    Aside from all of the above, who doesn’t want to run a straight flat shot with 13.1 miles of shoreline on your right? You also finish in a baseball stadium. This is the race to get a pr on!
    This is my 20th half marathon and I would definitely put this in my top 3!
    Take my advice and run this race if you can!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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