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Mississippi Blues Marathon

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has teamed up with the Mississippi Blues Commission to create the world-class Mississippi Blues Marathon to re-inspire the Mississippi Blues tradition. 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 inspiration for the marathon came from a long-standing tradition started in the Capitol 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. This tradition ended shortly thereafter in 2006.

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 full marathon route winds through the art-inspired Fondren district, Jackson’s historic downtown region, and up Lakeland Drive into the City of Flowood before turning back to Fondren for the finish. The race is concluded with an after-race celebration at Hal & Mal’s in downtown Jackson featuring the sounds of the Mississippi Blues.

The 2009 Mississippi Blues Marathon is scheduled for January 3rd. 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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