Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates, times and locations of the events at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon?
  • Friday ~December
    • The Expo at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center – 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531
  • Saturday ~December
    • Mississippi Gulf Coast 5K – Point Cadet Plaza, 121 Cadet St., Biloxi, MS 39351
    • Mississippi Gulf Coast Kids Marathon – Point Cadet Plaza, 121 Cadet St., Biloxi, MS 39351
    • Coors Light Finish Fest – Beach Party & Kids Zone – Point Cadet Plaza, 121 Cadet St., Biloxi, MS 39351
    • The Expo at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center – 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531
  • Sunday ~ December
    •  Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon & Half Marathon
    • Coors Light Finish Fest – Beach Party & Kids Zone – 105 Caillavet St, Biloxi, MS 39530
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Where can I find a map of the course?

A high level view of the course is mapped on the Race-Day page on the website.

Is there a limit of runners in each race?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, Half, 5K & Kids Marathon are not capped at this time.

Will there be pacers?

Yes, please see the Pace Team page.

Are cell phones, friends, strollers, dogs allowed on the course?

We encourage you to invite friends and family to cheer you on along the course, but they are only allowed to run with you if they are registered as well. Per USA Track & Field rules, elements that could impede the safety of runners, such as bikes, strollers and pets on the course, are not allowed and therefore NO strollers, bikes, roller blades, dogs, etc. will be allowed in the Sunday Half and Marathon. The safety of our runners is our number one priority. By signing or clicking ’I Accept’ on any Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon registration race waiver, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Competition. Strollers will be allowed to start at the back of the runner field for the Saturday 5K and Kids Marathon.

Are headphones allowed?

Participants will be able to use listening devices during the running of the marathon, half marathon and 5K, but they do so at their own risk. Runner safety is, and will continue to be, the priority for all of our events. To ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone, we ask that you please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel.

You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. The abuse of portable headphone devices can result in disqualification. Abuse refers to being so distracted that you become a hazard to your fellow participants, spectators, course marshals, finish line officials, medical personnel, other race officials, police personnel or vehicle traffic.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. We must constantly consider the safety of all our participants, volunteers and spectators and review this rule as well as others in order to ensure the continued safety of our participants.

Can I switch from the marathon to half marathon?

Yes, you may switch to any race.  Fees will apply for any race distance increase.  Downgrading your distance can be done at no charge until November 10, 2017.  After that, a $10 fee will be charged to downgrade your distance.  Race bibs are assigned according to what race you are registered for.  If you do not officially change your registered distance, you will receive the medal and event shirt for the race distance you are registered for.  Please visit our registration page here and scroll down the page to view Athlete Race Division Changes.

What if I lose something the day of the race?

Lost & Found is located at the main info booth at the Finish Festival on Sunday. After marathon weekend, items will be available at the marathon office for two weeks. Clothing items left in the start areas and along the course are immediately donated to charity.


When does registration open?

Registration opens on March 1st, 2017 at 12:00pm CST for the 2017 event.

Can I get a refund if I’m unable to race?

Entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable. This means once you have registered, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Being caught doing so can result in a ban from future events.  Exceptions will be made if you are on active military duty and you get deployed. You can send us a copy of your orders, and we will refund your entry fee.

Can I defer my entry to 2018?

Yes, you may defer your entry to the next event year for a $30 fee until November 10th, 2017. Visit the registration page and select the deferral option at the bottom of the page.  After November 10th, deferrals are not allowed.

Can I give/sell my number to another runner?

Entries are non-transferable. This is for the safety of the runner as well as necessary to satisfy insurance requirements of the event. If a runner collapses or is otherwise injured during the race and is running as someone else, we would not have emergency information available for them. This could result in further injury. In addition this would be unfair to all of the people who tried to get in legitimately and could not.

Why haven’t I received an email confirmation?

Check your spam filter. That is usually the problem. Please make sure that the domains and are on your “allowed senders” list so that your spam filter will not block your confirmation email or any other important notifications.

How can I see if I’m registered?

Registration confirmation is available online for the marathon, half marathon, 5K, and Kids Marathon. You may confirm a registration on the left hand side on our registration engine at the following link here.

Where does my registration fee go?

Your registration fee helps to pay for the necessary permits, infrastructure, shuttles, staffing, insurance, police, awards, SWAG, supplies, bibs, medals, shirts, and chip timing to produce all marathon-related events.  Portions of every registration fee is directed to select charity partners throughout the year.


Will I receive a medal if I place in my age group?

In addition to finisher medals awarded for each finisher in each race, there will be specific overall, masters, grand masters, and age group awards for all races except the Kids Marathon.

The top two finishers in the 5K and the top three finishers for the Marathon and Half Marathon will receive awards in the following categories:

• Overall Male and Female

• Masters (40+) male and female

• Grand Masters (50+) male and female

• Age groups, male and female:

5K only

10 & Under, 11-12, 13-15

Half Marathon only

15 & Under

All Races

16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+


When is packet pick-up?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon packet pickup will be located at The Mississippi Coast Convention Center and is the ONLY place you can pick up your packet. You can pick up your packet from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, December 8th, 2017 and from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. Please remember to bring your ID and confirmation email with you. Race day packet pick-up is NOT available. Click here for more information regarding packet pick-up.

What do I need to bring with me to pick up my packet?

Every participant in the marathon, half marathon, 5K and kids marathon will receive a confirmation email the week of the race.  Please bring either that email or your original confirmation email and your photo ID to the Expo to pick up your packet. Don’t forget to add and to your approved senders so that you do not this important email in your spam filter.

Can I authorize another person to pick up my race packet?

If you are unable to get your packet, a friend can pick up your packet with a copy of your photo ID or a copy of your registration confirmation.  Digital copies (your cell phone screen) are allowed.  Your friend will sign a form stating your race packet was picked up and then be directed to the proper pick up area. Please remember they can only do this at the Expo.

Where can I park at packet pick-up?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center has ample parking for a $5 fee. A map will be in your racer guide.  This fee is collected by the Convention Center and NOT the Marathon.  There is free beach road parking if you would like to walk a few blocks.


Do I need to purchase a timing chip?

No, we will be using disposable chips that are part of your bib.

How do I make sure I have the right chip?

Your chip number will coincide with your bib number and will be attached to your bib.

Official time – gun time or chip time?

Per USA Track & Field rules, your official time is from the starting mats until you cross the finish timing mats. Chip time or net time is provided as a service to you, and is accepted by many races, including the Boston Marathon, as a qualifying time.  Only the overall winners of each race distance will be scored on gun time.

Where do I send my chip if I still have it after the race?

This is a single-use chip and is good for this event only. The chip will NOT be collected in the finish area. You may keep the chip as a souvenir or deposit it in trash bins in the finish area.


Is there a place to drop bags at the start line?

We will have a “morning clothes” drop point at both start lines on Sunday. We will transfer your gear back to MGM Park for you. Please make sure your gear is secured in a bag and marked CLEARLY with your bib number.  We will also have Gear Check on Saturday at Point Cadet Plaza.

What happens to my bag if I forget to claim it after the race?

Gear Check closes at 2:30 pm on race day and all bags must be picked up before that time. Mississippi Gulf Coast

Marathon is not responsible for gear bags not picked up by 2:30 pm, however, remaining bags will brought to the marathon office.  Please contact to claim your bag.  After one week, anything remaining is discarded or donated to charity.


Is The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon a Boston qualifier?

Yes, we are an official Boston Qualifier. Qualifying times for the 2018 Boston Marathon vary by age group and a complete breakdown of qualifying times can be found here. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA once results become official.

How do I submit my time to the Boston Marathon?

When registering for the Boston Marathon, enter your finishing time, finishing place, the race name and location and the date of the race in the section entitled “Qualification Information.” Be sure to indicate if the time you enter is gun or chip time.

Will the Boston Marathon check to confirm my time?

Yes. The Boston Marathon automatically receives a list of all official finishers of The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and their chip and gun times. The time that you put on your Boston Marathon registration will be checked against the official time that they have on file.
For any other questions concerning qualification for the Boston Marathon, please contact the Boston Athletic Association.


Where should I park on Race Day?

We have put together a shuttle plan to designed to make getting to and from the race venues as easy as we can make it for our participants. Please understand this is a compilation of efforts made by several city agencies, event production teams and venue operators.


Where does the race start and finish?

The marathon will start near Henderson Point in Pass Christian, MS and the half marathon will start near Jones Park in Gulfport, MS. Detailed maps of both areas as well as instructions for race morning, can be found in the Official Participant Guide which will be posted online and emailed to all registered runners prior to the event weekend.

Will there be corrals?

We will have courtesy corrals for both the Half Marathon and Marathon.  See the pace team signs and line up accordingly.

How do I get my finisher items after the race?

For the marathon, half marathon, 5K and kids races, finisher medals will be given out shortly after official finishers cross the finish line.

Where can I meet my family and friends after the race?

The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand. The grounds at the Finish Festival is the best location to meet up with a friend or family member after the race. You will find a map of the grounds in the Official Participant Guide once it is finalized and distributed to registered participants.


How do I contact someone about an online merchandise purchase?

Please visit our retail shop to view available merchandise. Please send all comments and questions

Will I be able to purchase race merchandise at the expo and on race day?

Yes, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Gear Shop is located at the expo both Friday and Saturday and on the grounds at the Finish Festival Sunday.


What is the time limit for the marathon?

City permits limit the race time to a 7 hour time limit. The course will be closed at a 16.01 minute per mile pace. No race services including medical, aid stations or traffic control are available beyond this pace.
The finish line remains open until 2:00 p.m. (assuming an 7:00 a.m. start). Participants must cross the finish line by 2:00 p.m. in order to be considered “official finishers”. After 2:15 p.m., the course and finish line are closed. Medals will not be awarded after 2:15 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Finishing the marathon by 2:00 p.m. generally means maintaining an average pace of 16:00 per mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a Sweep Vehicle and Bus follows the race route to pick-up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the Sweep Bus when so instructed by Race Officials. Course Marshals are instructed to record bib numbers of all participants who refuse to board the bus when instructed to do so.

Why is there a time limit?

In order to comply with city permits, streets crossing the route must be reopened to vehicular traffic on a set schedule.

What happens if my pace is slower than the allotted time?

If you are caught by the Sweep Vehicle traveling at the 16:01 per mile pace, you MUST board the Sweep Bus accompanying this vehicle for transport to the finish area. For your safety, the Police Department does not allow runners to continue once the course has been re-opened to traffic. Keep in mind that race services, including water stations and medical aid, will be discontinued once the Sweep Vehicle comes through. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m. Finisher medals will be awarded only to those finishing within the allotted time limit.

What is not allowed on the course?

Many things are not allowed on the course. If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, email us at For the safety of our runners the following is not allowed: going backward, runners not wearing a race number, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, roller blades, hand-crank chairs, wheeled vehicles and push-rim wheelchairs.

Receiving outside assistance of any kind is not allowed. Outside assistance consists of, but is not limited to: receiving fluids, gels, food or any personal items from someone not serving in an official race capacity; receiving pacing assistance from any person that is not a registered participant of the race.

Abusive behavior or language directed toward any other participant, volunteer, police officer, or staff member is also not allowed.

Any of these rules infractions can result in a time penalty or race disqualification. The discretion and final ruling resides with the Race Director.

Is there energy gel available on the course?

We are partnering with Honey Stinger and their products will be offered at various aid stations along the course.

What sports beverage will be on the course?

Powerade is our fluids partner for the race and will be offered at aid stations.


How can I find out if a runner has finished?

Friends and family can track your progress in the marathon and half throughout the course through our timing company and mobile app. Links will be available on the website. Results for all events will be published on our website and social media during and immediately following the race.

How can I find out if someone has dropped out of the race or is in the Medical Area?

Check at the Family Medical Information Tent which will be located near the Finish Line Festival, this is a secure runners-only area. Detailed maps of the Finish area grounds are available in the Official Spectator Guide and on the event website.

What are the best places to watch the race?

MGM Park finish line is in right field and the seats along the first baseline will be ideal.  Anywhere along Beach Blvd is a perfect location to watch the runners along with the beautiful views.

What time will the first runners be coming through my area?

Please see the link to pace per mile here.

Will my road be closed during the marathon?

Road closure information will be disclosed when final course approval has been given.
Race Day Tracking: Check our Facebook page and email for mobile app download.
Race Day Links for Results:Check our Facebook page, homepage and email for mobile app download and results.



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