Health and Fitness Expo

The wintry mix isn’t stopping runners from preparing for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon this weekend.
“Uh, I prepared a little bit, not a whole lot, but um, I’m ready for the run.” Ready or not, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon is just two days away and over three thousand runners are preparing for the big day.
Today, the Health and Fitness Expo kicked off at the Coast Convention Center as the official start to the running festival. The expo serves as the exclusive packet pickup and late registration area for all runners taking part in this weekend’s race. Event Director Patrick Fellows said, “We still have race day registration for the 5K and the kid’s race. If they want to come to the expo tomorrow they can even race for the half marathon if they were training and weren’t sure yet so we’ll have that available.”
At the expo, you can learn more about the world of running, health and fitness and the products and services from key partners and sponsors of the event. It’s not only South Mississippians who are getting ready for the marathon. News 25 met two ladies from New York who came all the way down here just for the race. New York resident Lisa Stamatelos said, “We apologize for bringing the cold weather with us. It’s my fault, but we are on a quest to visit all 50 states, so we are in the beautiful state of Mississippi and we came down to do the 5k, that’s our reason for visiting, and we’re looking forward to it and we are glad the sun is supposed to be out tomorrow.”
And it’s not just runners coming in from out of state, they’ll bring their supportive friends and family to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as well. Nashville resident Darrell Callisburks said, “I’m support. I’m the one that’s going to take the bag. I’m the one that’s going to run for the water afterwards. I’m going to be doing everything else that the other one needs done.”
The expo will open back up tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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