Founded in 2015, The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, a Coastal Running Fest, will be held December 9-11th, 2016 to celebrate the local flare and beauty of running along the scenic beaches from Pass Christian to Biloxi. Races include a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and kids marathon race program (a 1.2 mile fun run).
The weekend kicks off Friday, December 9th at 11:00 am with a health and fitness expo at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi. On Saturday, December 10th the 5K starts at 8:00 am and the Kids Marathon starts at 9:30 am. There will be a post-race party following the 5K and Kids races and the expo will reopen from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. On Sunday, December 11th the marathon starts in Pass Christian at 7:00am and half marathon starts in Gulfport at 7:00 am.
The Finish Festival will be held at MGM Park, a post-race beach-party offering local Gulf Coast seafood, Mississippi style BBQ and live performances featuring country, rock and blues, begins when runners cross the finish line Sunday morning and jams until 2:00 pm.