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 the inaugural 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, feel free to stop by the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast booth. We’re happy to answer any questions!
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 Mississippi Coast Convention Center 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 Friday evening fun runs, the kids’ marathon and the main event, 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.