Race Report: Mississippi Blues Marathon


On Janurary 9, 2010 Trismarter.com Client Kelly Isfan (above), a hospital CEO from Ontario, Canada, traveled to Jackson, Mississippi to compete in the Mississippi Blues Marathon. Kelly is a Victory triathlon coaching client working with Trismarter.com Triathlon Coach Lee Gardner.

Via email from Kelly:

“The Mississippi Blues Marathon (also half marathon and marathon relay) is a fun and challenging race. The course is hilly for the first 9 miles, mostly flat in the middle miles, and the last 5 or 6 miles throw more hills at you which makes the run a real test at the end.

2010 was the third year for this race, and I have to say it is one of the best organized events I have ever seen. The volunteers were incredible – there were at least two volunteers at each intersection, along with a police traffic control. Every volunteer was smiling and most of them thanked me for running in Mississippi! There were aide stations at every other mile, well stocked with water, gatorade and Hammer Gel products. For a small marathon with less than 2000 participants, this race has all the amenities. First, the race swag was awesome. In addition to a cotton t-shirt with great graphics, each participant received an engraved harmonica! The race expo was a fair size, featuring performance wear as well as food, and Mississippi blues music cds – it ran for two full days so the expo vendor spaces weren’t overcrowded. The vibe at the expo was just like the race – friendly and welcoming. The race even had pace leaders, which was a really nice feature for a small event.

If you like the Blues, this is also the event for you. The expo and the race had some great music, and there was a blues music pub crawl organized for Saturday evening. Mississippi is/was home to many great blues artists – Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howling Wolf and BB King to name just a few. A portion of the race proceeds goes to support the Mississippi blues Commission.”

Kelly not only crossed the finish line comfortably and confidently, but as the first Canadian of the day. Congrats Kelly!

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