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More than 500 runners participate in 25th annual Gulf Coast Marathon

Hundreds of people signed in for the 25th annual Mississippi Coast Marathon. (Photo source: WLOX) Hundreds of people signed in for the 25th annual Mississippi Coast Marathon. (Photo source: WLOX)
Each runner had a different story to share about why they love to run. (Photo source: WLOX) Each runner had a different story to share about why they love to run. (Photo source: WLOX)
No matter the reason or the pace, every runner had the same goal to finish. (Photo source: WLOX) No matter the reason or the pace, every runner had the same goal to finish. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Some say you can tell a runner by their shoes. That was the case Saturday morning at Stennis Space Center, as hundreds of people signed in for the 25th annual Mississippi Coast Marathon. 

The event is geared for those who are just getting into the sport of running or have been putting in miles for a while. Either case, it's a time when people can have a little healthy, moving competition.

"I got to start training for Boston, so I figured I'd start here," James Miller of Slidell said.

"It's my third time. I'm running the half marathon," said Marisa Crooks of Biloxi.

The annual event is split into three races: a 5K, half marathon and full marathon. Each runner had a different story to share about why they love to run.

"I have four kids, so it's just something that I enjoy to get out by myself and have some me time,” Crooks said.

"It's just good to be out with people and do something that's active, gets your heart rate up and your energy," Mark Koch of Biloxi said.

There were others who said they're still trying to figure out why they do it.

"I often ask myself why I'm doing this. I'm starting to think I'm a little crazy," Miller said with a laugh.

There's tons of events across the Coast where you can show off your love for classic cars, motorcycles and even art, but this event allows people from all over the country to share and do what they love.

And of course, that's running. 

"The diversity is just really wide and it's fun to meet those people and hear their stories," Gulf Coast Running Club president Nancy Phillips said.

No matter the reason or the pace, every runner had the same goal to finish.

"Getting to that finish line. That finish line is my motivation." Crooks said.

The running event ended with a celebration of awards, chicken gumbo, beer and other great snacks.

To get involved with the Gulf Coast Running Club for future events, visit their website at http://www.gulfcoastrunningclub.org/index.php

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