Rise & Shine Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, April 7, 2018 • Hattiesburg, MS • Course Map

Set for its sixth annual running in this southern Mississippi burg sometimes called the “Hub City” thanks to its location at the nexus of six major U.S. highways, Hattiesburg’s Rise & Shine Half Marathon saw just over 500 runners and walkers cross the finish line last year in both its 13.1-mile and 5K races combined.

The race — which serves as a fundraiser for The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a locally-based nonprofit dedicated to helping people with mental disabilities and their families — follows and out-and-back course through this city that’s home to more than 47,000 people, and whose greater metro area boasts a population of more than 140,000.

Runners will start the race at the Hattiesburg Clinic, located at 415 South 28th Avenue, and from there they’ll first head south into the residential neighborhoods south of the clinic, along Prince George Road and Jamestown Road. Once they make it back to South 28th Avenue, they’ll head north again.

Next, they’ll run into the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (often shortened simply to “Southern Miss”), and there they’ll spend most of the middle miles of the race, which will unfold through the heart of campus along Montague Boulevard, Pearl Street and West 4th Street, past several of the residence halls and academic buildings.

When runners make it back to Southern Miss Drive, the final three miles of the race begin with a loop around West Arlington Loop, West Adeline Street and Mandalay Drive, before bringing them back to the Hattiesburg Clinic for the race finish.

Walkers are welcome, organizers note, and the race is “very family friendly” they add, as participants may bring along baby strollers with them on the course.

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Race Weather & Climate

Located in southern Mississippi, about 90 miles southeast of Jackson and roughly 110 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana, Hattiesburg typically sees some of its mildest weather of the year in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 31 degrees (in 1987) and as high as 94 degrees (in 1955).

On race day (April 7), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 74ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rise & Shine Half Marathon here.

Past Results

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:15 AM – 5K


  • $45 for the half marathon
  • prices subject to increase as race day approaches


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of Hattiesburg’s Rise & Shine Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RacesOnline.com here.

Official Race Website



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