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Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
3.5
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4
Runners from all over the nation come to participate in the award-winning Tupelo Marathon & 14.2 Miler on the Sunday prior to Labor Day. The race will maintain its 5 AM start to “beat the heat”, but the course will once again run through the tranquil countryside of Lee and … MORE
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    shilpa FIRST-TIMER '10

    Race – Labor Day weekend so we decided to make it a road trip from Oklahoma. Everyone though we were crazy to run a marathon in September in Mississippi, but … MORE

    Race – Labor Day weekend so we decided to make it a road trip from Oklahoma. Everyone though we were crazy to run a marathon in September in Mississippi, but luck was on our side. Race has an early start time (I think in the 5am hour, but I can’t remember exactly but I know it is early…. I am reviewing this race in 2020, so whatever I do remember was impactful and memorable! 😊). At the start the temp was incredibly cool….in the 50s and so we were able to know quite a few miles out in the dark & cool. Great water stops, but the best surprise was popsicles around mile 18 and cupcakes around mile 21! I normally would never have indulged, but who can refuse homemade cupcakes with sprinkles!!!!!! By the way, after the race we tracked down the cupcake lady and thanked her (Pam Britt)!! The best part of the race is the cookout at the finish line! Lots of good food to replenish the body. The course is pretty.

    Where to Stay – Courtyard by Marriott – nothing special except that there is an Outback Steakhouse in the same parking lot. We usually strive to eat at local places when travelling but sometimes when you get in and have kids and have a race the next morning, Outback is a good option.

    Food – the complimentary cookout after the race was delicious and then we ate barbeque in Memphis on our drive back

    What to do – did I mention that the running is my least favorite part of running trips😊. Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley – they have a museum at his home that is supposed to be very well done. We did not visit the museum, just drove by it. We instead chose to spend our time outside at the Natchez Trace Parkway (part of the National Park Service) – visited the parkway Visitor center where the kids participated in the Junior ranger Program, drove the parkway, and hiked part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Also visited Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield site and the Tupelo National Battlefield site. On the way home, we stopped in Memphis and visited Graceland, home of Elvis! We did the audio tour and enjoyed all the sights. Ate waffle cone ice-cream at the parlor shop there before getting back in the car for our drive home. Also stopped at St. Jude Hospital to see a family friend……what an amazing hospital.

    Highlight of the Trip – Graceland

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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    CatherineRed FIRST-TIMER '19

    Starting when it was dark and getting to see the sunrise was awesome! (And I am not a morning person). Great race, great organization. Just wish there was a starting … MORE

    Starting when it was dark and getting to see the sunrise was awesome! (And I am not a morning person). Great race, great organization. Just wish there was a starting mat so that those of us who started in the back would know their actual time.

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    4

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    Coop FIRST-TIMER '19

    Easy packet pickup, plenty of parking. No frills gun start in the dark. Loved that it was early allowing plenty of time back at the hotel post race. countryside course. … MORE

    Easy packet pickup, plenty of parking. No frills gun start in the dark. Loved that it was early allowing plenty of time back at the hotel post race. countryside course. plenty of rolling hills. Good aid stations. Cool medal. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

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    4
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    2
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    4

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    sfbabcock FIRST-TIMER '19

    I love the shirt and medal! The course was mostly on back roads and through neighborhoods, it felt like a long group run. The aid stations were spaced a little … MORE

    I love the shirt and medal! The course was mostly on back roads and through neighborhoods, it felt like a long group run. The aid stations were spaced a little further apart than I would’ve preferred. The first station was not until 3.2 miles. They originally told us that there would not be powerade at the aid stations until the marathoners turned around, but there was powerade at all stations from the beginning. Overall, this was a fun and fast course that I would do again.

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    2
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    snowdrce FIRST-TIMER '18

    Having the race hotel at the start line was amazing. The start line was a bit outside the arena, but enough prior runners were around to direct newcomers. The start … MORE

    Having the race hotel at the start line was amazing. The start line was a bit outside the arena, but enough prior runners were around to direct newcomers. The start just sort of happened. I expected some announcement but off we went. The course was well lit at the beginning (good for a 5 am start). It was definitely hilly on the course, with a lot of turns. The aid stations were great. After reading the reviews, I expected them to be much further apart. They were well stocked and the volunteers were excellent. Once the half marathon finished there was a lot more separation and most of the second half of the race I spent alone. The white arrows on the pavement marking the course were lifesavers.
    The second half started getting hot quickly. Once the sun came up, it was much more demanding on the course. Definitely the price to pay for a beautiful morning!
    The finish was well done, except as you entered the arena a buzzer would sound. It felt like the end, but was simply telling the finish line what number was entering. Several runners stopped, but were still a hundred yards from the finish. Medals and times were efficiently handled. The food and drinks were plentiful.
    The race staff is first rate. I would highly recommend this race to my friends.

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    2
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    4

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '11

    There's one big reason to run this race: the skull-themed medals. It's a small race in rural Mississippi with a course that doesn't offer much to look at. It's also … MORE

    There’s one big reason to run this race: the skull-themed medals. It’s a small race in rural Mississippi with a course that doesn’t offer much to look at. It’s also held around Labor Day weekend, which usually means temperatures flirting with the 90s and oppressive humidity. It’s not an easy race at all, but every year a few hundred runners gut it out to earn a truly badass medal. I started slow and slowed down as the race went on. It’s the slowest marathon I’ve ever run, but I wore the golden medallion with pride. A definite for runners seeking additional cred.

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