Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, February 29, 2020 • Jackson, MS • Course Map

Set to mark its 12th annual running in 2020 as the Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon, this 26.2- and 13.1-mile race through the city streets of the state’s capital city of Jackson actually traces its roots back to the mid-1970s, when the first Mississippi Marathon was run through portions of Jackson as well as the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.


After the race was later moved to the state’s Natchez Trace area, race organizers in Jackson two years ago re-branded and re-energized their own city’s marathon and half marathon event around the native music of the state and the region, and the Mississippi Blues race was born.

The updated version of the race takes place all within the city of Jackson, along an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the city’s Jackson Convention Complex on East Pascagoula Street, just a few blocks away from the Mississippi governor’s mansion.

From there, the course winds through downtown neighborhoods and tree-lined streets like those through Bellhaven, where runners run past the home of legendary Southern writer (and Mississippi native) Eudora Welty.

Along the race route, runners also pass by two of Jackson’s college campuses, including Jackson State University, Millsaps College, and Bellhaven College, and run the part of the city known as Flowood before heading back up along Pinehurst and Riverside Drive toward the finish line back in the Fondren district.

Though there are some flat stretches along the course, much of the race is hilly and challenging, race organizers add, especially around the half-way point in the race as well as around mile markers 10 and 11. The terrain for the race is paved surfaces throughout, along the city streets of Jackson.

The Jackson Convention Complex, where the race begins. (Photo by Tate Nations/flickr)

The Jackson Convention Complex, where the race begins. (Photo by Tate Nations/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the center of the southern half of the state, the city of Jackson typically experiences cool to cold weather conditions in the mid-winter season, with relatively high precipitation (both frozen and wet) compared to most of the rest of the year.

In February, temperatures average between 38°F and 60°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 5 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Feb. 29), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 65°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Fees

  • $70 – $115 for the half marathon
  • $80 – $135 for the full marathon
  • $40 – $60 for the quarter marathon
  • $30 – $40 for the 5K
  • $190 – $240 for the marathon relay

Registration

To reserve your spot in the February 2020 running of Jackson’s Mississippi Blues Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.

Official Race Website

msbluesmarathon.events

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2 comments… add one
  • Diane Sampson November 4, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Hi there,
    I was scheduled to run last year when the race got cancelled. Is it too late to register with my discount for last year’s cancellation? Thanks!

    Reply
  • Nova Cross January 6, 2017, 1:20 pm

    Is there a chance that you will forward our registration to next year if we opt out due to dangerous driving conditions?

    Reply

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