A road race is always an adventure - it has ups, downs, challenges, and exhilaration. Looking for a new challenge? From the joining of runners and cyclists in the Farm to Fork Ride or Run to the historical scenery of the Viking Half Marathon, try any of these 10 best road races in Mississippi.
Biloxi locals always love the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, and it brings traveling runners from across the country too. The community comes together every December for this marathon, half marathon, 5K, and kids’ run.
The Hattiesburg Farm to Fork Ride or Run is one of the more unique events because it caters to runners and cyclists alike. Runners can choose from a half marathon, 10K, or 5K, while cyclists have the option of a 34-mile, 48-mile, or 62-mile bike ride.
*Note: I know the URL says 2021 but the page is updated for 2023
Mainly Marathons organizes some of the best races in the country. Check them out when they come to Gulfport for day 3 of its Gulf Coast Series. Interestingly, the course is just over two miles so the marathon takes 12 laps along the coast.
Celebrate the iconic Mississippi River with the popular Mississippi River Marathon. The course actually starts in Lake Village, Arkansas but crosses the Mississippi River Bridge at the halfway point and continues on to Greenville. There’s also a half marathon and a 5K.
If you love the legends of blues music, you’ll love the Mississippi Blues Marathon. In Jackson, this fantastic race offers distances for anyone: a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, quarter marathon, and 5K as well as a kids’ run.
Can’t decide between spending your day running a race or taking in some history? You can do both at the Viking Half Marathon. This Greenwood road race has a half marathon as well as a 10K and 5K that tour you through some of Greenwood’s historical areas.
Whether you’re a runner or a cycler, the Ridgeland Endurance Weekend will put your endurance to the test. For runners, the event features a half marathon, a 5K, or a kids’ run, and cyclists have the option of a 62-miler, 30-miler, or 20-miler.
The Gulf Coast Running Club is a welcoming community that makes sure there are plenty of races for Mississippians to enjoy, and the Gulf Coast Classic is a local favorite.This 10K and 5K promises a lively and exciting atmosphere every time.
If you’re a fan of the Mainly Marathons events, be sure to check out day 3 of the Riverboat Series, which takes place in beautiful Hollandale. Along with a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K, this event offers an especially challenging 50K ultramarathon.
The Gum Tree Festival is an exciting event every year in Tupelo, and it’s even better if you take part in the Gum Tree 10K or the corresponding 2K fun run. It’s fantastic for locals and it’s a wonderful introduction to Tupelo too.