Runners prepare to take off across Gulf Coast despite rainy weekend

Ray's marathon live shot

SATURDAY

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Despite what’s being forecasted as a “Saturday Super Soaker”, runners all across the Gulf Coast are preparing to participate in various races throughout the day and weekend.

Saturday morning, runners are getting their feet wet with the Margaritaville 5K in Biloxi. The race starts at 8 a.m. and will begin at Point Cadet Plaza. According to officials, post race festivities will include local cuisine and beer. Many runners are using this race as a warm up for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Sunday.

Kids can also participate in the racing events this weekend through the Chevron Mississippi Gulf Coast Kids Marathon, which is 1.2 miles. This race also starts at Point Cadet Plaza at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The kid’s marathon is designed as a way to introduce kids to the joy and rewards of running at an early age and promote an active family lifestyle, according to the race official website.

And if those races don’t interest you, there’s still more to choose from!

Harrah’s Gulf Coast Beer Mile at the Blind Tiger is a 1 mile race starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Harrah’s Great Lawn in Biloxi. The beer mile combines running and speedy drinking. Runners must drink a 12-ounce beer before beginning each of the 4 loops throughout the course.

There is a 4-person relay wave at 3:00 pm and an individual wave at 4:00 pm. Officials encourage anyone to come run or watch this high energy event and hangout with your running buddies before the big races Sunday.

SUNDAY

Over 3,000 runners will be meeting at the starting line to take part in the full or half marathon Sunday. The full marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and will take runners from Pass Christian to Biloxi.

The half marathon is 13.1 miles, and the full marathon is 26.2 miles. The half and full marathon both starts at 7 a.m. in Jones Park in Gulfport. Officials say the half marathon is the fastest growing race distance in the country.

Des Linden, the 2018 winner of the Boston Marathon will join officials for the big race. Linden will congratulate finishers of the half and full marathon.

Runners can even register to run both days through what is called a Double Down. Double Down status secures your place in the selected races as well as a seafood tray Saturday.

For more information on any of the races and the different pace teams, visit here.

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