October 2013Runners from All 50 States are Getting the Blues!
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half Marathon achieved one of its long-stated goals yesterday when a New Hampshire runner submitted his race entry, representing the 50th state registered for the 2014 event. Race Director John Noblin stated that this milestone is something the race has been working for years: “One of the original ideas behind the Blues Marathon was to put together an event that would show off Jackson to visitors from out of the area. After the success of the first race back in 2008 we realized that we were generating interest all over the country. Collectively, we’ve had runners from all 50 states and about 15 countries over the years but we had never drawn from all 50 states in a single year. Achieving this goal really points to the quality of our event, which is a reflection of our sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi, and all the volunteers who make the runners feel so welcome. Hospitality is something this race, and this city, has become known for throughout the national running community.”
Duane O’Neill, President and CEO of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, added “The Mississippi Blues Marathon has become an outstanding event for our community and state. There are very few events in this country that can draw people from every state across our nation on one particular weekend! Even more impressive is the fact the marathon continues to grow each year, in large part due to the positive message previous runners and visitors are sharing with the rest of the world. Congratulations to Blues Marathon officials, BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi, the hundreds of volunteers and community at large for showcasing our community in such a positive light.”
2014 will be the seventh installment of the event, which has attracted runners from all 50 states and more than 15 countries. The Mississippi Blues Marathon events include of a marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay and kids’ run. The event benefits the Musician’s Benevolent Fund of the Mississippi Blues Commission and is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi.
September 2013Mississippi Blues Marathon to Relocate!
After five years at the intersection of Capitol St. and State St., the Mississippi Blues Marathon is moving its start and finish lines to the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. John Noblin, Director of the Mississippi Blues Marathon, said the change was made based on several purely practical features offered by the Art Garden. According to Noblin “the Art Garden is an ideal location for an event like ours, with a permanent stage, sound system and lights. Additionally, the grounds are not only beautiful but functional for what we need, with all the area for people to relax after the race and enjoy the music. There is also some protection from the elements, with covered areas under the planetarium and inside the Jackson Convention Center, should the weather be bad.”
Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, welcomes the race. “This event is a prime example of the many partnership opportunities we envisioned when initially planning The Art Garden. We look forward to hosting the runners, both returning and newcomers, to the downtown area and to The Art Garden in particular.”
"The move to The Art Garden offers runners from around the state and around the world a new opportunity to experience yet another cultural gem for our state," added Meredith Virden, Manager of Corporate Communications for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, title sponsor for the Mississippi Blues Marathon.
Noblin added that the War Memorial and Old Capitol Buildings have been wonderful hosts and great to work with over the years, but the lack of permanent structures meant a lot of setup time and expense for the event every year and required closing State Street for the duration of the event. The new venue will eliminate a number of street closures in the downtown area on race day.
2014 will be the seventh installment of the event, which has attracted runners from all 50 states and more than 15 countries. The Mississippi Blues Marathon events include a marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay and kids’ one-mile fun run. The event benefits the Musician’s Benevolent Fund of the Mississippi Blues Commission and is presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.
May 2013MBM Medal Ranked in Top 25… Again!
For the third consecutive year, the official Mississippi Blues Marathon finisher’s medal has been selected as one of the top 25 medals in the country by Marathon & Beyond magazine. The 2012 Mississippi Blues Marathon medal claimed the #17 overall spot, besting the #22 spot claimed the past two years.
Each year, Marathon & Beyond publishes the list of the nation’s top medals from the previous year’s race calendar. Winning medals are selected by a panel of judges from around the country, including marathon veterans and running enthusiasts. The 2012 Blues Marathon medal is a replica of an old 45 record accented with a blue glitter guitar. Panelist Lisa Rini said, “I almost played this record on my stereo! This life-sized 45 record medal is very authentic. The colorful glitter guitar makes the medal pop!”
Finisher’s medals are popular collectibles among runners, with many runners now selecting events based on the finisher’s medal. If you want to be sure to get your award-winning medal from the Blues, register now and make sure you’ll be getting the Blues on January 11, 2014!
February 2013The Blues Keep Getting Bigger!
The 2013 Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon Age Group Awards are bigger and better than ever! Congratulations to everyone who picked up an award in your age division. All awards have now been mailed out. We hope to see you next year for an even bigger and better Blues!
February 2013Mississippi Blues Marathon Presents $10,000 to the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund
On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the Mississippi Blues Marathon was proud to present a $10,000 check to the Mississippi Blues Foundation. The check presentation took place at the Fourth Annual Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, California. The Celebration featured performances from the North Mississippi Allstars and Steve Forbert. The Mississippi Music Celebration was part of GRAMMY Week events leading up to the 55th GRAMMY Awards. Each year, the Mississippi Blues Marathon donates a portion of its proceeds to support the state’s music heritage. Since the inaugural race in 2008, $60,000 has been provided to support programs like the Blues Trail and, most recently, the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund, which helps blues musicians in time of need.
Shown left to right: Malcolm White, Director of the Mississippi Tourism Office; Jon Hornyak, Senior Executive Director of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy; John Noblin, Mississippi Blues Marathon; Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles; Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson of The North Mississippi AllStars; and John Sewell, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and the Mississippi Blues Marathon.
Janaury 2013Finisher Certificates Now Available!
Download and print your finisher’s certificate right from your home computer! Just choose your race event and click the link. You can then complete the certificate with your name and finish time to print from your home computer.
System Requirements – Finisher’s certificates are editable PDF documents. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download it.
January 2013A Record Breaking Blues!
It was a good day for the Blues as the largest race field ever hit the streets of Jackson for the 6th Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon on Saturday, January 5. Craig Leon of Eugene, Oregon was the top male finisher in 2:16:48, breaking the previous course record of 2:18:53 set by Edward Tabut in 2009. Truphena Tarus of Georgetown, Texas was the top female finisher in 2:36:30, also breaking the previous course record for a female. The previous record for women was set by Janet Cherobon in 2010, when she finished in 2:37:44. James Senbeta of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the top finisher in the Wheelchair division, finishing in 2:02:28.
Click here for the full results.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Blues a success!
January 2013Blues Shadow Run in Asia!
While runners in Jackson tackled the chilly and hilly course, Chung Siedlecki ran her own Blues Half-Marathon on a military base at an undisclosed location in Asia. Chung completed the half-marathon distance in 2:22 and will be getting her finisher's medal and race packet shortly. Congratulations, Chung!
Our Biggest and Best Medal Ever!
The medal for the 2013 Mississippi Blues Marathon is our biggest and best medal yet! Click on the picture above to see a larger image.
Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau Names Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon as 2012 Festival/Event of the Year
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon has been named as the 2012 Festival/Event of the Year by the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau! The marathon received this designation as part of an awards program that honors the "best of the best" of Jackson's tourism industry each year and highlights tourism-related businesses and organizations that have made significant achievements.
Come get the Blues!! Register today to participate in the 2013 race on January 5!
November 29, 2012
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon continues to earn praise and is now being recognized as one of the don’t miss events of the year!
The Road Runners Club of America’s ClubRunning magazine published an article in its September edition highlighting races around the country offering a substantial value in entry fees, race swag and more. The Blues were praised for a well-organized event, hospitable volunteers and an “unparalleled medal.”
Register today and come see for yourself why the Blues are alright!
Click here to read the article in the online edition of ClubRunning
November 28, 2012
Mississippi Blues Marathon Selected as 2013 Southern Region Championship
Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Blues Marathon has been selected as the 2013 Southern Region Championship Marathon by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). This is part of the RRCA Championship Series, which highlights top running events across the country and awards top performing runners at different skill levels. Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional and State levels.
“We’re extremely excited to serve as the Regional Championship event for the RRCA, and we hope this distinction will encourage runners from around the country, and even the world, to come see what the ‘Blues’ is all about,” said John Sewell, Director of Corporate Communications with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, the presenting sponsor of the Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon. “We started off as a relatively small race, but people everywhere have heard about the race and what a great experience it is, which has allowed our field to grow exponentially. They’ve seen what a great race destination Jackson is and they’ve experienced the enthusiasm of the volunteers, which is why they keep coming back.”
The RRCA is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise.
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon began in 2008 and has quickly become a sought-after destination for runners of all skills levels from the professional, to the running enthusiast and even the beginner. The race has quickly garnered enthusiasm for its challenging course, live entertainment, amenities and Southern hospitality.
The 2013 race is scheduled for Saturday, January 5 in downtown Jackson. The race begins at 7:00 a.m. near the intersection of Capitol and State streets. To register or volunteer, visit www.msbluesmarathon.com where you can also find the latest news, travel information and more.
August 23, 2012
Two-time MBM Champ Cherobon Competes in the 2012 Summer Olympics
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, two-time Mississippi Blues Marathon winner in the women’s division, placed 12th in the 10,000 meters event at the Summer Olympics in London. She ran a personal best time of 31 minutes, 12.68 seconds in the event, knocking 20 seconds off her previous personal best time. Twenty-two women from around the world competed in the event on August 3.
Cherobon-Bawcom won the women’s marathon division at the Inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon in 2008 and again in 2010, where she set the course record for women in 2:37:44. Her record still stands.
You can learn more about Janet on the USATF website
August 21, 2012
Running for the Blues!
On Tuesday, August 21, the Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon was proud to present a $10,000 check for the Mississippi Blues Commission to the King of the Blues, B.B. King! The presentation was made at the unveiling of the latest Blues Trail Marker in the town of Kilmichael, Mississippi where King lived as a young child.
Each year, proceeds from the race benefit the Blues Commission and since 2008, the race has donated $50,000 to the Commission. This year’s gift was designated to the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund, which helps established blues musicians in time of need.
You can help keep the blues alive with a donation as part of your registration! Come on down and get the blues with us, and we look forward to seeing you in January!
July 31, 2012
The Blues Touted as one of the "Great Races That Don't Break the Bank"
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon continues to earn praise and is now being recognized as one of the don’t miss events of the year! The Road Runners Club of America’s ClubRunning magazine published an article in its September edition highlighting races around the country offering a substantial value in entry fees, race swag and more. The Blues were praised for a well-organized event, hospitable volunteers and an “unparalleled medal.”
Register today and come see for yourself why the Blues are alright!
Click here to read the article in the online edition of ClubRunning
July 03, 2012
Racing from Mississippi to London - Two-time MBM Champ
Cherobon On Her Way to the 2012 Olympics as Part of Team USA
When it comes to running, you could say she grew up in Mississippi. As the winner of the inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon women’s division in 2008, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom also bested an elite field of female runners in 2010, setting the course record. Now, she’s headed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London!
Cherobon-Bawcom qualified for the summer games during the U.S. track trials on June 22 in Eugene, Oregon. She will compete in the women’s 10,000 meters event (10K), having previously achieved the Olympic “A” Standard of 31:45 in the 10,000 meters event.
Cherobon-Bawcom is a native of Kenya and currently resides in Rome, Georgia. She moved to the U.S. after receiving a scholarship to attend Harding University in Arkansas.
By the time she graduated in 2005, she had claimed eight NCAA All-American titles and three Division II national championships.
Cherobon-Bawcom competed in her first USA Championship event in 2011 and won her first national title in the USA 20 km event. She subsequently won the women’s title in the 2011 USA Running Circuit.
Cherobon-Bawcom’s course record of 2:37:44, which she set in 2010, still stands.
You can read more about Janet’s journey to running glory from the USATF athlete spotlight.
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