MISSISSIPPI BLUES MS/FIRST LIGHT AL DOUBLE

 
 
MISSISSIPPI/ALABAMA DOUBLE
JANUARY 2015
 
 
MISSISSIPPI BLUES: JACKSON MS.
 FIRST SATURDAY IN JANUARY. LOTS OF  ROLLING HILLS,  NICE NEIGHBORHOODS, PARKS, ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS, GREAT SWAG, VERY NICE MEDAL  AND POST RACE SPREAD. FREE BLUES CRAWL AFTER THE RACE. HOTELS CLOSE TO EXPO, START/FINISH.
804 FINISHERS/AVG TIME 4:49 GENEROUS TIME LIMIT
 
FIRST LIGHT: MOBILE AL
FIRST SUNDAY IN JANUARY.  HOTELS NEAR START FINISH AND EXPO. ROLLING HILLS THRU NICE NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS, COLLEGES. WELL STOCKED AID STATIONS. UNIQUE MEDALS AND NICE DOUBLE SPINNER  MEDAL WITH BOTH STATES. EACH DOUBLE RUNNER GOT A HANDMADE AWARD FROM A SPECIAL KID.    AWESOME.
475 FINISHERS/AVG TIME 4:52 GENEROUS TIME LIMIT
 
APPROX 3 HOUR EASY  DRIVE BETWEEN BOTH RACES. HATTIESBURG IS HALFWAY WITH GOOD FOOD CHOICES. WE LIKED TABELA’S AND ATE THERE COMING AND GOING.
 
THIS WAS A GREAT DOUBLE WITH A GOOD DATE TO  KEEP THE RUN  GOING THRU THE HOLIDAYS AND GET 2 STATES.  EITHER FLY TO MOBILE AND DRIVE TO JACKSON OR FLY TO JACKSON AND RETURN TO JACKSON AFTER MOBILE. OR FLY TO JACKSON SKIP MOBILE AND ENJOY THE BLUES CRAWL WITH TROLLEY TRANSPORT TO/FROM THE HOST HOTELS. ANY PLAN IS A WIN.
 
I WENT WITH  PAULA W WHO IS MID WAY THRU HER STATES.  SINCE FARES/SCHEDULES WERE GOOD FROM FL TO MOBILE WE WENT THAT ROUTE. WHO WANTS TO DRIVE 3 HOURS AFTER RUNNING A DOUBLE ?  NOT THIS COWGIRL.
BESIDES WE MET THE RACE DIRECTOR OF THE FRANKATHON IN AUSTIN TEXAS  AT THE AIRPORT,  AND GOT THE WHOLE SCOOP ON THAT GREAT EVENT IN AUSTIN TX IN  LATE OCTOBER.
 
DOWNTOWN JACKSON HAS COME A LONG WAY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS AND IS LOOKING GOOD.  THE EXPO WAS VERY NICE AND THE SWAG WAS VERY NICE. HARMONICA ! THIS YEAR WAS A MANIAC REUNION AND THEY HAD A GOOD MEAL.
 
THE ROUTE WAS NON STOP ROLLERS BUT THE SCENERY AND VERY NICE HOMES ON THE ROUTE TOOK THE EDGE OFF.  HUNDREDS OF VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND HELPFUL VOLUNTEERS POINTED THE WAY AND THE CHEERING NEVER STOPPED.
THE POST RACE SPREAD WAS TERRIFIC.
HOME RUN JACKSON.
 
AFTER A GREAT MEAL IN HATTIESBURG AT TABELA’S WE ARRIVED IN MOBILE.  MOBILE IS LIKE A MINI NEW ORLEANS.  OLD BUILDINGS, WITH SECOND FLOOR PORCHES AND IRON RAILINGS WITH NARROW OLD STREETS.  CHARMING.
EXPO WAS SMALL/CLOSED BY THE TIME WE GOT THERE.  THERE WAS A LITTLE COLLAGE/PAINTING FOR THE DOUBLE ENTRANTS AND RACE MEDALS CREATED BY THE SPECIAL FOLKS AT L’MARCHE.  THE BACK TO BACK MEDAL WAS A SPINNER IN THE SHAPE OF BOTH STATES. VERY COOL.
THE ROUTE FOR MOBILE WAS ROLLING AND AGAIN THRU NEIGHBORHOODS, PARKS AND COLLEGES.  THE PART I REALLY LIKED WAS THE  PROUD PERMANENT STREET SIGN RACE MILE MARKERS FACING THE RUNNERS .  THAT IS AN INDICATION OF CONFIDENCE IN THE ROUTE AND PRIDE IN THE EVENT !
 
I CHOOSE TO BACK OFF THE LAST FEW MILES AND FINISH UP  WITH SOME FELLOW 50 STATERS CINDY AND ERIN.  WHY GO FAST WHEN THERE ARE  IMPORTANT TV SHOWS TO DISCUSS ?  HERE IS THE ONLY PIC OF THE WEEKEND AT THE FINISH IN MOBILE DAY 2. YES SCARLETT SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AND FASHION  IS ALIVE AND WELL.

 
GET YOUR RUFFLES ON AND MAKE IT A GREAT DAY.
LOVE TO ALL
NW
 
 

 

 
 
 
 


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