Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon takes over Hwy. 90 - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon takes over Hwy. 90

More than 3,300 people turned out for the weekend event. (Photo source: WLOX) More than 3,300 people turned out for the weekend event. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Sunday was busy day on Highway 90, as thousands of runners ran from one end of the Coast to the other in a brand new event. 

The inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon spanned just more than 26 miles from Pass Christian to Biloxi.

"I'm racing because it's exciting. I love to run these marathons, and was always looking to run the Gulf Coast. Once they came up with this idea of running from Pass Christian to Biloxi, I was all in," said Brian Hendley. 

However, one group of runners was there for a different reason.

"We are representing Avery's Army, which is trying to reach a cure for Retts syndrome for a little girl that we run the race for. We do all the races over multiple states and try to raise awareness for Rhett's syndrome," said Stephen Campbell. 

Although the race is a locally organized event, it brings in people from a variety of places. Hendley and his friends ran to end the year off with a bang.

CLICK HERE to view a gallery of race photos

"We're from the Jackson area; Madison, Miss. We have a big running club up there and a lot of folks just decided to run this race as their last marathon of the year," said Hendley. 

Both the half and full marathon ended at MGM park where competitors crossed the finish line as spectators cheered. Most runners hope to continue the tradition by running in the marathon next year. 

"I think it's great. The whole running community is growing like crazy, so it's a good idea for the economy and local cities," said Hendley. 

A beer run and poker run also took place at the event. 

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Emmett Till relative meets with attorney general

    Emmett Till relative meets with attorney general

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-03-28 23:19:26 GMT
    An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, MS, August 31, 1955. (AP Photo)An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, MS, August 31, 1955. (AP Photo)

    Family members of Emmett Till are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push for enforcement of a law that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

    More >>

    Family members of Emmett Till are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push for enforcement of a law that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

    More >>
  • The Past & Future of MSU hoops reflect on Women's Final Four squad

    The Past & Future of MSU hoops reflect on Women's Final Four squad

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-03-28 23:08:32 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    I asked Clinton native Mary Kathryn Govero Whittle (2010 Sweet 16) and Terry's Nyah Tate (2017 signee) about MSU's Final Four run and much more.

    More >>

    I asked Clinton native Mary Kathryn Govero Whittle (2010 Sweet 16) and Terry's Nyah Tate (2017 signee) about MSU's Final Four run and much more.

    More >>
  • MDOT completes work on Hwy 611

    MDOT completes work on Hwy 611

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 6:04 PM EDT2017-03-28 22:04:29 GMT
    The project involved widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery. (Photo source: MDOT)The project involved widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery. (Photo source: MDOT)

    After seven years of work, the final phase of a major construction project on Hwy 611 in Jackson County is now complete. 

    More >>

    After seven years of work, the final phase of a major construction project on Hwy 611 in Jackson County is now complete. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly