A brisk morning is perfect for a run, and that's why so many runners hit the streets of Jackson Saturday morning for the Mississippi Blues Marathon.
About 3,800 people registered to run either the 26.2 mile full race or the 13.1 mile half race.
The runners come from all over the world, some of them professional, but many just recreational athletes.
"Downtown Jackson is the heartbeat of our city. It's exciting to welcome visitors from all over the place here," Mayor Tony Yarber said.
Jay List, 37, of New York clinched the grand prize for running the full marathon in 2 hours 41 minutes.
"I had a guy way in front of me for most of the race. I didn't think I'd have any chance. But marathons are funny things. You start to fade somewhere. I felt good so I went, kept going," he says.
This year, a "quarter marathon" was also included as part of the event.
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