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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, January 7, 2017
2016: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 54°F (12°C)
Average Low: 35° F (1°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.61
Course Score: 97.61

Race Size

2016: 754 Finishers
2015: 807 Finishers
2014: 827 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 4.8%
2015: 5.7%
2014: 6.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Mississippi Blues Marathon course is often described as a challenging mix of unrelenting rolling hills. There are very few flat sections in the race until the last few miles. Although there are lots of hills, not many are very large.


Marathon Rankings

The Mississippi Blues Marathon was the 106th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 111th largest in 2014.

This year 4.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mississippi Blues Marathon the 356th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 362nd highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 97.61 ranks it as the 331st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Mississippi.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mississippi Blues Marathon a PR Score of 97.61. This PR Score ranks it as the 288th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Mississippi.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 375 feet (114m)
Min Elevation: 258 feet (78m)

Mississippi




Ratings & Reviews for the Mississippi Blues Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews



review of 2014 Mississippi Blues Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

I thought this was one of the best organized marathons that I have ever run. The volunteers were outstanding. They even walked around after the race and offered us water and food. Everyone was super friendly out on the course too. The medal was one of the nicest medals I have ever seen. The Expo/packet pick up was on the smaller side, but super efficient and the swag was great. They gave us a fleece pull-over as the race shirt, a jazz CD, a very nice reusable bag, and a harmonica. The finish line was great too! There was live music, pizza, beer, chocolate milk, cookies, etc. The Blues crawl was also a very nice addition. It was awesome to have free transportation to several restaurants/bars, although most of the places were pretty crowded.

Race Tips

The course this year had some very large hills at the end. However, I felt it was worth the hills to get to see the beautiful old homes in Jackson. Also,the pull over ran very large.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I loved the Marriott. It was a terrific value and very short walk to the start and finish.



review of 2014 Mississippi Blues Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Best medal and goodie bag ever. Rolling hills for most of the course. Great volunteer support.

Race Tips

Save just a little for hills at mile 22ish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you want a downtown hotel, book early. I LOVE the Hilton Garden Inn King Edward. Very old hotel that has been remodeled. (from the book The Help). Indoor pool and hot tub are awesome race afternoon. Prepare for any weather. One year I ran in tights and heavy shirt. Last year in shorts.



review of 2013 Mississippi Blues Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized, very friendly smaller marathon. You'll never have so many volunteers thank you for running. Great medal, shirt, gear bag, harmonica and blues CD. Plentiful water stops and 3 w/ gels. Only complaint is not enough portapotties on course and bad pavement especially the later miles of race.

Race Tips

There are lots of rolling hills and they are constant throughout. None are that tough along but collectively they can take a toll especially if you don't train on hills.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed at the host hotel Marriott and they were excellent. Walking distance to expo and race start/finish. They were very accommodating to the runners including gatorade in the lobby on race morning. I ran in 2013.



Finish Time Equivalent

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