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Back2Back is Back!

One of America's favorite double weekends, the Mississippi Blues/Mobile First Light Back2Back Challenge, returns for 2016. Back2Back participants will run the Blues on Saturday, January 9, then head south to Mobile, Alabama, for the First Light on Sunday, January 10. Each event offers both marathon and half marathon distances so runners who complete any combination of the two will receive a Back2Back Challenge finisher's award. Additionally, runners who complete the marathon at both events are instantly eligible for Marathon Maniacs' Iridium level! Be sure to check the appropriate box on our registration form indicating your interest in participating in the Back2Back Challenge.

Ride the Blues Bus

After a successful inaugural year the Blues Bus returns for 2016. The Blues Bus offers round trip charter service between Jackson and Mobile for runners, family and friends. Buses will board Saturday afternoon in the Blues start/finish area and travel to the First Light start/finish/expo area for packet pickup, then return to Jackson Sunday afternoon after First Light. There are a number of hotels in the immediate area of the start/finish and expo.

How to take the Challenge:

  1. Register for Mississippi Blues Marathon here.
  2. Register for the First Light Marathon at
  3. Check the box on either registration form indicating that you want to be part of the Back2Back Challenge (You will be charged a $2 administrative fee).
  4. If you really want to relax and recover between races, check the box to ride the Blues Bus round trip from the Blues start/finish area to the First Light expo on Saturday afternoon for $50. The bus returns to the Blues start/finish area in Jackson Sunday afternoon after First Light.
  5. Finish two races in two states in two days and take home our great Back2Back finisher's medal!
  6. Blues Bus FAQs

    What is the cost of the bus charter service for the Back2Back race?
    The cost of the Blues Bus is $50 per person for the round trip service regardless of whether you return to Jackson. Some runners choose to ride the bus to Mobile and fly out following the race on Sunday.

    Do you know the times the shuttle will be leaving and returning to Jackson?
    If we have reservations to accommodate more than one bus, the first bus will leave as soon as it is full. The next departure time will be scheduled to leave at 2:30 p.m. We will try to follow this schedule both days, leaving Jackson on Saturday and leaving Mobile to return to Jackson on Sunday.

    Can friends and family members not participating in the race but traveling with a registered runner ride the bus?
    Yes. Just select the number of tickets you need when you register for either race.

    Where are the pick up/drop off locations?
    Buses will depart from the Blues start/finish area in front of the Jackson Convention Center on Saturday and return to the same location on Sunday. The buses will drop-off Saturday and load Sunday in Mobile in an area adjacent to the First Light start/finish and expo. Both locations are within walking distance of most of the hotels listed on the race websites.

    For additional information regarding the Back2Back Challenge and the Blues Bus please e-mail