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Mississippi Blues Half Marathon - January 5, 2013

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Today I walked the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon in Jackson, MS. It's a smaller half marathon, but lots of fun and I highly recommend it.

We arrived Friday evening and stayed at the downtown Marriott. A lovely hotel that was very accommodating to its racing guests. And near packet pick-up and the start/finish area.

After checking in, I headed to packet pick-up. What a great swag bag. The sling back itself was nicer than many others I have received. And, it had a logoed harmonica in it. So cool. And a blues CD. The museum across the street had bananas for everyone, as well as a coupon for free admission for racers. Everyone was just great and excited that we were there.

Race morning was a little cool, but not too bad for January. It was still a little dark when we started, so maybe I didn't notice that it was cloudy, too. As a small race, there were no corrals, but everyone seemed to find the right spot for themselves and we did not get bogged down.

Most of the course was quite interesting to look at - an important factor when walking for 3.5 hours by yourself. Really interesting buildings to look at and a lovely residential area. We hit some high traffic areas where folks were not so pleased that we were traipsing through, but all and all, a good race. There were a couple of blues bands along the route, too.

At the finish line, there was pizza, soup, sandwiches, and hot chocolate. And a really neat medal in the shape of a blue guitar. Another blues band was at the end with lots of tables and chairs to rest a bit before heading back to the hotel.

All and all I really enjoyed this race. Fortunately I finished before the rain came through. I didn't get to stay in town long enough to visit some of the sights. But we had a great time and I would encourage anyone looking at a winter half-marathon to consider this one. Oh, and my finish time will make my top 3.

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