It’s always fun planning races about 6 months in advance. For example, I know exactly where I will be at 7am on January 7, 2017. Where you might ask? At the start line of the 10th annual Mississippi Blues Marathon! It might seem crazy to some that I already have that planned, but not to runners. When you’re on this 50 state quest, there is a lot of planning that happens.
This won’t be just another half though for me. It’s even more special since I was selected as a member of the Blue Crew. There is a lot of excitement for this race and it will be the perfect way to kick off 2017!! I knew from all of the amazing things I’ve heard about this race that it would be my race to check off for the MS half. However, since I am still a newbie, I reached out to a few of my fellow Blue Crew members to help share the great things about this race from their perspective as well. And once you read it all and you’re now hooked on going, check out reason #5 for a discount for your race registration! See you at the start line!
1 – When I asked other Blue Crew members what this race meant to them, Helena provided me this snapshot from one of her blog posts of the race last year: ““The Blues is one of my favorite races. EVERYONE was so nice at the expo and at the race. I have never heard so many people thank me for coming to run! The volunteers were great even in the pouring rain.” She even went a little further and said “If you want to label a race with the best of Southern Hospitality, the Blues would be it.” So, how can you pass up one of the races with the best Southern Hospitality?!
2 – How many other races can you say you ran with Waldo? Probably not many! For this race that is the exception. Blue Crew member, Joe, has dressed up as Waldo the past couple of races. It certainly gives us something to search for while we’re out there running 13.1 or 26.2 miles! Hopefully you find him!
3 – Let’s be honest about this one here. So many people pick the Mississippi Blues Marathon (or Half) for the bling! It’s touted as one of the biggest and with the ode of the Blues, how can you not love it? The medal for this year has not yet been released but it’s sure to be a good one!!
4 – If you know me well enough, you probably know I am a lover of all things music. It really doesn’t matter what type of music, so to do a race that also has that music tie makes it a little more special. Fellow Blue Crew member, Melinda said the following that really struck me: “The Blues, in a way, IS Mississippi. The Blues was born here. It is part of Mississippi’s heritage. Running and having a quality event like the Blues here…it makes me proud of my state and the rich heritage and culture you find here. I love this race!!!” If that doesn’t just get you excited, I don’t know what does!
5 – So you’re convinced to join me now, right? Who isn’t?! Being the 10th year, this is certainly to be a fantastic race! So if you’re hooked on the idea of joining me and the rest of the Blue Crew, take advantage of the following discount code to save $10 off of your registration: MBM17CP. Hope to see you all in January!