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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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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Information was well put together and very informative. Packet pickup was just that (not an expo), with a few additional items for sale. Shirts were orange cotton with an okay … MORE

    Information was well put together and very informative. Packet pickup was just that (not an expo), with a few additional items for sale. Shirts were orange cotton with an okay design on them (I am not a big fan of the cotton or orange). The shuttle buses were very organized, and accommodating, allowing us to stay on them up until the race started. The start was on the Oceanside as the sun began to come up- very beautiful! The course was pretty much a straight route for 24 miles…on one side the beautiful coastline and on the other a steady line of traffic (we ran in one lane of a 4 lane divided highway). Again for 24 miles…then finally at mile 24 you get to go up an on ramp, but at 25.5 you get to go down! Finish was in the MGM Park stadium which was pretty cool! The after party was great with pretty much endless beer and food (even for the back of the pack). I loved the Gumbo soup! Oh yeah, the medals were awesome with a crab that opened up!

    Side note, I did enjoy visiting Biloxi with beaches, casinos, shows, Yummy food options and more!

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    johnaaronhowell FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my second half marathon, and it was a great race! The first ~11 miles were completely flat as we ran along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At mile ~12, … MORE

    This was my second half marathon, and it was a great race! The first ~11 miles were completely flat as we ran along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At mile ~12, we went up an exit ramp, which was pretty tough after so many miles on flat ground.

    I felt like the race was more mentally taxing than physically because from the start line you can see the Beau Rivage (which is at the finish line). It seemed at times like the end was never getting any closer.

    We finished inside MGM Park, home of a minor league baseball team, with lots of choices for food/drink and plenty of spectators.

    Overall, this was a fun race and a great place to set a new PB!

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    Overall - this was a great race. I stayed at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino across the street from the packet pick-up and finish. No expo - but there … MORE

    Overall – this was a great race. I stayed at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino across the street from the packet pick-up and finish. No expo – but there were some other shirt choices and stuff to purchase. It was a point to point race – so that means an early morning, dark, and cold bus ride to the starting point but I met some nice people on the bus. The course was flat with beautiful scenery UNTIL MILE 12 – which was an uphill interstate ramp that led to the finish in the baseball stadium. I couldn’t get to the airport after the race because of that interstate closing so I had to drive 20 miles out of the way to catch my flight – so plan accordingly. Great crowd support and ample water stations. A great December and Mississippi race

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    fpanagak FIRST-TIMER '21

    I ran the full to check off Mississippi in my 50 states journey. Packet pickup was at the MGM Stadium - just packet pickup and race related gear. Low key … MORE

    I ran the full to check off Mississippi in my 50 states journey. Packet pickup was at the MGM Stadium – just packet pickup and race related gear. Low key but nice. Buses to the starts (point to point race) were at the stadium as well. Starting area was lively – music, great announcer. There was a bit of a back up for the portajohns right before the start. The weather also cooperated – just the day before it was warm and humid. A front moved in on Saturday, temps at the start were in the 40’s, and it was mostly cloudy the entire full. Lovely course with many beautiful homes along the coast, and the beach and short to your right. There was a bit of a headwind which was annoying! Very well run on the course (police at intersections, etc) and well supported marathon. The highway on ramp at mile 24 (you ran on Rt 110 for about 2 miles before the finish) reminded me of the hills around my house, less the trees and houses! this was the only elevation except for a very slight hill at the end (think Chicago Marathon finish for those who have ran that race) If you plan to give it a go next year, I recommend staying at the DoubleTree hotel. It is at the base of the on ramp I mentioned, and a short walk to the baseball stadium, where the packet pickup is held and bus loading for the ride to the race starts. It is also a short walk to two casinos (for the food, obviously!) and other restaurants. About 15 minutes from the Gulf Port airport.

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    jphil853 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was the first in-person race offered that I could attend during the pandemic. The race was well organized and the director communicated what to expect give the additional Covid … MORE

    This was the first in-person race offered that I could attend during the pandemic. The race was well organized and the director communicated what to expect give the additional Covid precautions.
    If you’re looking for 26.2 miles of beach, this is your race. If you are mentally prepare to see the miles you have ahead, the race is not challenging. The biggest hurdle was the out and back in the last two miles of the race that includes a highway on/off ramp that feels like a mountain at the end of a otherwise flat race.

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    Pros: 1. Nice (mostly) flat course along the beach 2. Well-organized 3. Staying at the Beau rivage hotel is super convenient 4. Ran this during Covid and thought they took … MORE

    Pros:
    1. Nice (mostly) flat course along the beach
    2. Well-organized
    3. Staying at the Beau rivage hotel is super convenient
    4. Ran this during Covid and thought they took appropriate measures for runner safety (provided mask with swag; masks required on buses and at start line, etc.)
    5. Nice medal

    Cons:
    1. The shirt was nothing special. I ended up buying a different shirt at packet pickup
    2. The course is pretty and mostly along the beach but it is also a bit monotonous. Also you run in one direction the whole time so if you have a headwind that day like we did, it’s a bit tough.

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    pablopelos Jul 27, 2021 at 3:42pm

    Ran the marathon as well, this year I'm doing the half this year as the course is crazy boring. THe race is well put on.

    Ran the marathon as well, this year I'm doing the half this year as the course is crazy boring. THe race is well put on.

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    jessica.schoenig Jul 27, 2021 at 4:18pm

    Definitely agree! But I was also just happy they didn't cancel!

    Definitely agree! But I was also just happy they didn't cancel!

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    cfconwayiii FIRST-TIMER '20

    Awesome course that runs from Gulfport to Biloxi with great views of the Gulf, with one hill climb at mile 12. Awesome medal. Great social distancing. Pulled Pork sliders at … MORE

    Awesome course that runs from Gulfport to Biloxi with great views of the Gulf, with one hill climb at mile 12. Awesome medal. Great social distancing. Pulled Pork sliders at the finish line. Well organized event

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    RUNableChris REPEAT RUNNER '20

    HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent COVID-19 Precautions, Fast & Flat Course, Three Medal Weekend! LOWLIGHTS: 5k & Half T-Shirts Too Similar & Expensive Swag. I was *beyond* excited for my triumphant #Return2Racing at … MORE

    HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent COVID-19 Precautions, Fast & Flat Course, Three Medal Weekend! LOWLIGHTS: 5k & Half T-Shirts Too Similar & Expensive Swag.

    I was *beyond* excited for my triumphant #Return2Racing at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, especially after such a lengthy COVID-induced racing hiatus! I was so excited, in fact, that I PR’d my 5k on Saturday and my Half Marathon on Sunday. Quarantine does a runner good, I suppose. 😉

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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '20

    Straight line course from Pass Christian to Biloxi (via Gulfport) on a pancake flat highway with a light headwind for the first 25 miles of the race, followed by a … MORE

    Straight line course from Pass Christian to Biloxi (via Gulfport) on a pancake flat highway with a light headwind for the first 25 miles of the race, followed by a short run up and back down a overpass to get to 26.2.

    Great views of the Gulf and beautiful homes line the highway but they get old after awhile. Mentally more difficult

    I’m not going to pass judgment on the COVID preparedness (because it’s tough to get 1,000 people to follow guidelines at a one-off event) but there were still some things missing from the production (e.g., no nutrition or entertainment on the course).

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Happy for the opportunity to get a race in during Covid. Obviously, things look a little different these days due to the precautions needed, but they did a nice job … MORE

    Happy for the opportunity to get a race in during Covid. Obviously, things look a little different these days due to the precautions needed, but they did a nice job putting everything together.
    The packet pickup was in an outdoor area of a local restaurant. There was plenty of time from which to choose. I came back after the race to Sal & Mookie’s for lunch. Highly recommend.
    The shirt is a little thin, but looks nice and should be comfortable.
    Race medal is large and unique with a nice lanyard. After all, this is what it’s all about. 🙂
    The race itself is point-to-point along the gulf coast of Mississippi. One lane of east bound traffic is closed for runners. Everyone is bused to the start area in Pass Christian.
    There was plenty of room to socially distance everywhere except maybe the port-a-john lines. Everyone wore their face coverings until the start of the race. One of which was provided in the swag bag at packet pickup. The start line was spaced well with different waves and cones marked at least 6 feet apart. The area was wide enough for 3 runners at a time. It was spaced out well.
    Once on the course, the first 3 miles were closed to all traffic, which made it easy to spread out. After that it was down to one lane, but everyone had already created some distance between themselves.
    Most of the course had great views of the gulf coast beaches. Once closer to Biloxi, you start to run past several businesses and restaurants. It’s fun to run by all of the areas where I had previously visited.
    Seemed to plenty of water and powerade stops. There were some spectators, but as expected during Covid, it was somewhat sparse.
    The course itself is pretty flat until aound mile 24. You ascend an on ramp and do a short out and back on the I-10. Everything feels like a mountain by this time, but looking at it later, it didn’t look that bad.
    I was disappointed with my performance. I thought I was in good shape and would PR on a flat course. Wrong I was. The temp was about 60, but the humidity was over 90%. I felt like I was running into a decent headwind as well. I guess it wasn’t my day.
    I didn’t have a chance to see them, but the half featured pros Grayson Murphy and Des Linden.

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    Runnerkaty FIRST-TIMER '20

    We had a great weather day for the course, as it was 58 degrees at the start and overcast the whole day. The course is smooth, flat as can be … MORE

    We had a great weather day for the course, as it was 58 degrees at the start and overcast the whole day. The course is smooth, flat as can be and easy, except you can get a headwind the whole time….we had only 9 mph winds but by mile 18ish I was pretty over it. Then there is a ramp you must climb at mile 24 for a mile, turn around and go back down. I wish we could have just stayed flat, but it was a small blip on an otherwise perfect weekend. Beautiful medal and soft, nice shirt! The offered good pre-packaged food at the finish.

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    Everything about this race was smooth from packet pickup, morning shuttle to the race itself. I LOVE the ocean so if you’re not a fan it may be slightly boring … MORE

    Everything about this race was smooth from packet pickup, morning shuttle to the race itself. I LOVE the ocean so if you’re not a fan it may be slightly boring because this rAce is along the Gulf the ENTIRE time! No post party because of social distance, etc but they had package of goodies and water as you headed out of the park. Glad to get a fourth marathon in for 2020! No complaints here

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    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I've never been to Mississippi and I just finished a race in Georgia where I strained my hamstring. So this was a refreshing run with the warm weather. I wasn't … MORE

    I’ve never been to Mississippi and I just finished a race in Georgia where I strained my hamstring. So this was a refreshing run with the warm weather. I wasn’t sure I would be able to run well but I loved the fact that this was a one way race and the scenery kept my mind off my leg and on the race. I would certainly come back to run this race again healthier. There were over 1K runners in the Half and the event staff did a remarkable job keeping everyone safe. I had no concerns at all. Thanks for a memorable run. Can’t wait to come back.

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    teresalinder FIRST-TIMER '20

    This marathon was well ran, even during Covid-19 times. We were socially distanced with a wave start (masks on until we crossed the line). Packet pickup was held outdoors. They … MORE

    This marathon was well ran, even during Covid-19 times. We were socially distanced with a wave start (masks on until we crossed the line). Packet pickup was held outdoors. They had race merchandise for sale, bonus, for such a small race. Loved the race shirt and large colorful finisher’s medal. The water stops were plentiful and full of volunteers, all masked. Porta potties were placed at every water stop. The course is point to point, almost entirely along the beach, with the exception of the last 3-4 miles, where it veered onto an out and back along the highway. Was not a fan of that part!
    We finished outside the ball park, due to Covid, and no post race party, which was sad, but understandable. The only challenge with this race is the weather. It’s very humid in the gulf, and windy! Really enjoyed our stay in Biloxi. Highly recommend this race.

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    alwoods FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was a very well organized race. Course was along the coast - beautiful views and nice and flat. Weather was perfect. Would 100%recommend this race. MORE

    This was a very well organized race. Course was along the coast – beautiful views and nice and flat. Weather was perfect. Would 100%recommend this race.

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    RUNableChris REPEAT RUNNER '19

    HIGHLIGHTS: Pre & Post Race Atmosphere, Fast & Flat Course, Cool Medal & Beach2Bayou Challenge Option! LOWLIGHTS: Small “Expo,” & Expensive Swag. RISE & SHINE! This “Coastal Running Festival” combines … MORE

    HIGHLIGHTS: Pre & Post Race Atmosphere, Fast & Flat Course, Cool Medal & Beach2Bayou Challenge Option! LOWLIGHTS: Small “Expo,” & Expensive Swag.

    RISE & SHINE! This “Coastal Running Festival” combines two of my favorite things: running and scenic views along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. #RunShine #SoakUpTheRun

    READ MY FULL REVIEW (which includes details and pics!) by clicking on the “Race Report” located at the top of this page if you’re on your phone OR to your right if you’re on a desktop. Or find it on my website (RUNable.life) under the “Race Reviews” section.

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    kellyscott8 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was a nice small marathon, along the Gulf Coast. Extremely flat. Beautiful views of the Gulf Coast to your right and old houses to your left. MORE

    It was a nice small marathon, along the Gulf Coast. Extremely flat. Beautiful views of the Gulf Coast to your right and old houses to your left.

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    GOLEAFS FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is a point to point race that starts in Gulfport and finishes in MGM Park stadium in Biloxi. The course is flat along the gulf coast with the … MORE

    This race is a point to point race that starts in Gulfport and finishes in MGM Park stadium in Biloxi. The course is flat along the gulf coast with the exception of a incline up a highway exit ramp for about a mile. The packet pick up was easy, I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. The parking and early morning shuttles to the start were very stress free. I am not sure how many water stations there were but I have never seen so many for a race before. The finish in the stadium is cool and the post race food was excellent. The shirt and medal were nice. I would recommend this race.

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a point to point race that is very flat except for running up and down an interstate ramp at the end. The packet pickup was exactly that. Picking … MORE

    This is a point to point race that is very flat except for running up and down an interstate ramp at the end.

    The packet pickup was exactly that. Picking up your packet with some souvenirs you can buy.

    You catch a bus at the finish line for transport to the start. You run straight down Beach Boulevard with the Gulf of Mexico on your right. You finish in a nice minor league baseball stadium. There are 6 food/beer tickets for runners but the food people weren’t taking tickets so you got 6 beers if you wanted. They were in cans and you could take them with you. Food was a seafood pasta, gumbo, and bbq. There was free chocolate milk and soft drinks too. I would give the postrace a 5.

    The shirts are comfortable, the medal was nice. We stayed at the Beau Rivage Casino which was right across the street from the finish. The Hard Rock Casino is very close too.

    All in all, a pretty good race and a nice racecation.

    Last note, Brett Favre has run this race the last two years.

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    MichaelG99 FIRST-TIMER '19

    A beautiful morning with perfect temps for a nice race along the Gulf of Mexico. The start area could use more port-a-potties. 11 1/2 miles along the beachfront road were … MORE

    A beautiful morning with perfect temps for a nice race along the Gulf of Mexico. The start area could use more port-a-potties. 11 1/2 miles along the beachfront road were perfectly flat and newly paved making for a smooth run. The views of the Gulf were spectacular. The final 1.5 miles was up a highway ramp on an out-and-back; the climb was not too bad but the ramp was slanted right to left which was severe enough to make for an uneven landing on each step. This probably wouldn’t have bothered me if it were early in the race. The sun stayed behind the clouds until the finish and we had a slight breeze to keep us cool; I can’t give credit to the race director for the weather. I felt bad for the marathoners as it got considerably warmer once the sun was out. Finish offerings were great and everyone was given 6 tickets for beer. Unfortunately they were allowing people to take all 6 of their beers in a to-go box so they were out of the good beer by the time many came through. I heard they were completely out by the time the mid-pack marathoners were coming in. They should remedy this in future races. Overall a great event but since it is beach-front, I could see how different weather conditions (full sun, windy, rain) could make for a miserable day on the run.

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    MichaelG99 Dec 18, 2019 at 9:17am

    I should add that they could use some race marshals (police) to control the speed of the drivers on the open lane of the road we were running on. I… MORE

    I should add that they could use some race marshals (police) to control the speed of the drivers on the open lane of the road we were running on. I don't recall at what point there was a lane open but we were separated from the cars only by cones and some drivers were flying. One swerve could have tragic consequences. LESS

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