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Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon gets under way Friday

Pax Mogenson crosses the finish line at MGM Park during the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon. Events for this year’s Marathon gets underway Friday.
Pax Mogenson crosses the finish line at MGM Park during the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon. Events for this year’s Marathon gets underway Friday. Sun Herald file

Events for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon get under way Friday.

The half marathon and marathon will be held 7 a.m. Sunday. The marathon course on U.S. 90 stretches from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to Biloxi’s MGM Park in Biloxi. The half marathon will start at 7 a.m. Sunday at Jones Park in Gulfport.

The event is a certified qualifier for the 2018 Boston Marathon, which takes place on April 16.

Here are some travel tips for Sunday’s races. The two southernmost lanes of U.S. 90 will be shut down beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The two northern lanes will be used for two-way traffic. Eastbound lanes on U.S. 90 will have a rolling close as the runners approach MGM Park in Biloxi.

Spectators can watch the race from two different locations. The MGM Park finish line is in right field, with the seats along the first baseline being ideal. Beach Boulevard is another solid location.

Schedule of events

Friday

11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Expo at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi

Saturday

7 a.m.: Gear check for Mississippi Gulf Coast 5K at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi

8 a.m.: Start of Mississippi Gulf Coast 5K at Point Cadet Plaza

9:30 a.m.: Start of Mississippi Gulf Coast Kids Marathon at Point Cadet Plaza

Sunday

4:30 a.m.: Shuttle depot opens at Mississippi Coast Convention Center

7 a.m.: Start of Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and Half Marathon. The marathon course is U.S. 90 from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to MGM Park in Biloxi. The half marathon on U.S. 90 is from Jones Park in Gulfport to MGM Park.

9 a.m.: Finish Festival opens at MGM Park

11 a.m.: Announcement of half marathon awards at MGM Park

1 p.m.: Announcement of marathon awards

2 p.m.: Race concludes and Finish Festival closes

2:30 p.m.: Return shuttles to Coast Convention Center

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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