The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon is almost here, and soon you will be able to show off all of your hard work on the course. Since it is only the second annual event you may have a few questions about the weekend, and we’re here to answer them. We know you’ve been training for months, so instead of telling you how to best prepare for the race, we’ve created this guide to ensure you have a fun, stress-free weekend participating in a beachside run and enjoying everything the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer.


Check out the health and fitness expo

While runners have to drop by the expo to pick up their registration packet, we encourage them to spend a little extra time here. The expo will feature numerous vendors showcasing local attractions, other marathons, race sponsors and more. If you have any questions about the area, the "My Gulf Coast" app is a great resource for all your needs!




Know the plan

First of all, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with parking rules and the complimentary shuttle service. Runners using the shuttles should arrive to the pickup locations early to give themselves ample time to travel to the start line and prepare for the race. Shuttles will run from the finish fest back to the shuttle parking lot, but shuttles will not return to the starting line after the race.


Involve the whole family

Between the kids’ mini-marathon, the 5k and the main events, the marathon weekend offers a race for everyone in the family. If family members are joining the getaway, but not participating in the race, they can still enjoy the Coors Light Finish Festival at MGM Park. Aside from the marathon events, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has an array of activities that visitors of all ages can enjoy. For specific attractions, check out this list of places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the whole family.



The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers 62 miles of scenic coastline filled with charming communities and towns waiting to be discovered by visitors like you. With ample shopping, casinos, museums, golf courses, breweries, outdoor activities and more, you are certain to have a packed weekend exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


scenic views


Indulge in some Mississippi Gulf Coast cuisine

We’re sure you’ve been trying to eat light to prepare yourself for the race, but before you leave the Mississippi Gulf Coast reward yourself for all of your hard work by indulging in some coastal cuisine. With abundant seafood options, including shrimp, oysters and fish, tasty BBQ and delicious southern cooking, your taste buds will thank you for the treat.


Last minute decisions 

If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, that’s perfectly fine. With many hotels and resorts throughout the race route, all participants are sure to find accommodations based off of their needs. If you are just spectating instead of running, it’s time to start planning where you will catch the race. We suggest watching the runners from Jones Park. Here you will see the half marathon runners take off and the marathon runners zipping by shortly after. In the meantime, spectators can stroll through downtown Gulfport, which is just a short walk away.


Anything we didn’t cover? Feel free to ask us any questions in the comments below. We can’t wait to see you on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!