Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 30, 2017
John Noblin, Director, MS Blues Marathon spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's November 28, 2017, meeting. He discussed the fact that this will be the 11th annual event in Jackson and he discussed the history of the event. The event will be held January 27, 2018, and will include full,  half, and quarter marathons plus a 5K and a relay marathon.  The first MS Blues Marathon was run in 2008. This year's Title Sponsor is Continental Tire which is building a plant in Clinton, MS. The first Blues Marathon was run in January 2008. Normal participation is about 4,000 runners, representing all 50 US states and 30 or more countries in addition to the US. The race begins and finishes in downtown Jackson with the course going to West and Northeast Jackson. Expert marathoners complete the 26-mile course in 2 1/2 hours, but the course will be open for about 7 hours. The experts average about 5.8 minutes per mile. 
Mr. Noblin (center ) is shown in the accompanying photo with Club Past President Sean Culhane (left)  and 2017-2018 President Wittt Ruffin (right). We thank him for his presentation to our club and for his efforts on behalf of the Blues Marathon and our city.