Shuttles


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About the Race-Day Shuttle Plan

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and Half Marathon are point-to-point races. This means the start lines and finish line are in different locations. The marathon start line is 26 miles from the finish line and the half marathon is 13 miles from the finish line.

This presents specific challenges for runners and race organizers alike, but will lead to a truly unique racing experience. The following plan is 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.

Reading and thoroughly understanding this plan will make your weekend and race experience easier and more enjoyable.

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Before the Race

Shuttles are for runners only and provided for the marathon and the half marathon races on Sunday and are not being provided for the 5K and kids marathon on Saturday.

The morning shuttles will not be returning to the Shuttle Depot or to the Finish Line. Shuttles are being provided Sunday post-race for participants to get from the Finish Line back to the Shuttle Depot.

After the Race

Finish Line Shuttle Depot will run shuttles continuously from 9:30am – 2:30pm, leaving every 10-15 minutes. It’s an 11 mile ride (20-25 minutes) back to the Morning Shuttle Depot.



Shuttle Locations

No Shuttles at the
Casinos or the Hotels

There are no shuttles provided by the race leaving from area casinos or hotels. The only official race shuttle services leaving for the Start Line will be available free of charge to runners at the Shuttle Depot.

The reason there is no pre-race shuttles from the finish line is there is not enough physical room at MGM park to stage a shuttle pickup location there prior to the race.


Shuttle Times and Schedules

  • Morning Shuttle Depot Opens: 4:30am (CST) for parking
  • First Shuttles Depart 4:45am (CST) for the
    • 20-mile ride that takes 40-45 minutes to the Marathon Start Line
    • 7-mile ride that takes 15-20 minutes to the Half Marathon Start Line
  • Final Shuttles for the Marathon Start Line: 5:45am (CST) – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Final Shuttles for the Half Marathon Start Line: 6:10am (CST) – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Finish Line Shuttle Depot will open and run continuously from 9:30am – 2:30pm with shuttles leaving every 10-15 minutes. It’s an 11 mile ride (20-25 minutes) back to the Morning Shuttle Depot location.

How It Works

Morning shuttles will be loaded 1-2 at a time and will leave as soon as they are full.  Finish line shuttles will leave every 10-15 minutes or as soon as the shuttle is full.


Shuttle Premiums and Amenities

  • Staff and volunteers directing traffic, parking and shuttle loading at the Shuttle Depot
  • Portable restrooms at the Shuttle Depot and at both Starting Lines
  • Announcers and music at both Start Lines as well as areas to stretch and relax
  • Water and Powerade at both Start Lines
  • Gear Check at both Start Lines to transport your gear to the Finish Line

Gear Check Rules

Please bring a closable bag marked with your Bib Number to speed the process along. We are not responsible for lost or stolen goods — so do not pack valuables.


Considerations

There is NO PARKING available at the Marathon Start Line. Additionally, having someone drop you off at the Marathon Start LineE will prove difficult and could lead to congestion delaying our shuttle services. Please use the shuttles for the Marathon and do not attempt to park or be dropped off.

There is ample parking available at the Half Marathon Start Line both at the CTA Parking Garage and in Jones Park. If it makes sense for you to drive yourself to the Half Marathon Start Line or have someone drop you off, then please refer to the maps and traffic flow diagrams to make arrangements.

Remember there are NO RETURN SHUTTLES after the race to either start line.

Hwy 90 will be open to vehicle traffic until closer to the race start times. STAY OUT OF THE ROAD. Listen to the announcers and follow his/her directions.

Once the roads are closed to traffic and the pace groups are in position, runners will be allowed to cross Hwy 90 and self-seed themselves near the appropriate pace groups.

All runners should plan to be onsite and ready by 6:30am. We need to get you moved into the road, make final announcements, play our National Anthem, and get you on your way at 7:00am SHARP.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t cut it close — an extra 30 minutes of sleep isn’t going to improve your day and it could ruin it if you’re late or run into an unforeseen obstacles — Get to the Shuttle Depot or Start Lines early
  • Carpool — pile into as few cars as possible
  • Leave your morning car where you park it until after the race is over (2:00pm) — Hop the shuttle back to the Morning Shuttle Depot from the Finish Line Shuttle Depot
  • If you have another vehicle to get back to your original car, leave it and get it when all roads are open
  • Driving back to the Half Marathon Start Line to retrieve your car prior to 2:00pm along Hwy 90 will cause stress
  • Stay the extra night and enjoy your accomplishment Sunday at a casino resort

Questions?

If you have questions, please check the FAQs or email: info@msgulfcoastmarathon.com

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