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Mississippi Blues Marathon

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi the Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon to promote health and wellness and celebrate Mississippi's rich musical heritage.  The marathon emphasizes the history of the Mississippi Blues culture in an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on physical activity.

The marathon route will begin at the historic Old Capitol in downtown Jackson at the request of the museum staff.  This location is also ideal in reducing the number of hills located toward the end of the course which often slows an already tired runner’s pace.  This venue will offer exceptional photo opportunities and incorporates more historical and cultural aspects into the race.

The inspiration for the marathon came from a long-standing tradition started in the Capital City back in 1976 by the Mississippi Track Club.  A similar marathon was held in the Jackson and the Jackson-Metro region that lasted until 1999 when the venue was changed to the Historic Natchez Trace, just outside of Jackson.  The Mississippi Marathon ran its last race on the Trace in 2006, before transitioning to the Mississippi Blues Marathon and moving back into Jackson.

The Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon made its inaugural run in early 2008, attracting more than 1,400 runners from throughout the United States and a host of onlookers cheering all the way to the finish line.  The event offers a full marathon for experienced runners, a half marathon, marathon relay, as well as a kids’ marathon for children ages 6-13.  The marathon emphasizes the history of Mississippi, most notably the blues culture, in an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on physical activity.

The 2012 Mississippi Blues Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2012.  The start time is 7:00 am.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mississippi Blues Commission.  For more information or to register, please visit the marathon website at www.msbluesmarathon.com.

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