Reasons 2 Race

From its gorgeous coastal views along the route to its energetic post-race party, The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Running Festival is an event worth signing up for. Here are a few more reasons 2 race that runners have shared with us.

"This race was first class all the way! I have competed in 15 Half Marathons in 8 different states this was best overall race experience BY FAR! Fantastic course with just enough personality in the last mile and a half to challenge you and wonderful after race amenities. Very well organized and great swag. Can’t say enough good things about it ."
Thomasville, AL
"This was by far the best 1/2 marathon I've participated in. This view can't be compared to any other on the course. I really enjoyed the finish line and the finish fest."
Ocean Springs, MS
"The half marathon was top notch! With great communication, great swag, expo, smooth shuttles, and a fabulous post-race party, this was one of the best races I have participated in! I even enjoyed the added elevation in the last couple of miles:). Will definitely be doing this one again!"
Trussville, AL

Why I Run

Mandy started running eight years ago, after she had her second child and decided it was time to get in to shape. She adds, “Plus, both of my older sisters had completed a marathon. I couldn’t let them outdo me!” Since then, she has run more than 30 half marathons, seven full marathons, a half Ironman and a full Ironman!


When asked why she runs, she says, “I run for sanity. My time running is a chance for me to escape. I can work through problems, celebrate a victory, and regroup all within a few miles of pounding the pavement.”  


When asked what advice she has for new runners, she says, “Start slow and don’t get discouraged! You aren’t going to run a half marathon or a marathon on your first day. It took time to build Rome, and it takes time to build a running base! Any speed is also running — I started out walking two minutes and running one minute. We all start somewhere, and anywhere is okay!”


Mandy completed the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon in 2016 and ran the half marathon and 5K during the 2017 race weekend. On why she chose to participate in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon festivities, she says, “I am a Mississippi girl! Although I now live out of state, when I heard a great race was coming, I knew I’d be there. I plan on coming back as many years as I can! My whole family loves coming for the race weekend.”


She adds, “The course and scenery is incredible! There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise next to the ocean as you are logging the miles. The Finish Festival is excellent, and the atmosphere finishing in a stadium is so much fun!”

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mandy. The finish line will be waiting for you in 2018.

Beau Rivage
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