COASTAL MISSISSIPPI (November 9, 2020) – The FRESHJUNKIE Racing team has announced that running champions Des Linden and Grayson Murphy will be traveling to Coastal Mississippi to participate in the 2020 Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

In 2018, Des Linden was the first American female to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years and then participated in the Margaritaville 5K, part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon weekend. Grayson Murphy is the 2019 World Mountain Running Champion as well as the XTERRA Trail Run World Champion.

Founded in 2015, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, a “Coastal Running Fest,” offers participants and spectators an opportunity to explore the rich culture and stunning scenery of The Secret Coast. With a beautiful beach-side run between Pass Christian, Mississippi and Biloxi, Mississippi, runners are invited to participate while enjoying unobstructed views of the nation’s longest man-made beach and the Mississippi Sound.

With health and safety as top priority, and in accordance with the Coastal Mississippi Promise of health and safety, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon team continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and guidance from the CDC and other leading health authorities. FRESHJUNKIE Racing is committed to open communication with participants, volunteers, partners, and the racing community, and will continue to update the status of the event with any new information. More information and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon COVID Plan can be found here.

"We are thrilled to welcome Des back to the Coast and excited that she is returning to race the Half Marathon alongside Grayson Murphy,” said Craig Sweeney, co-founder of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon. “We are fortunate to have committed partners like Coastal Mississippi who helped to make this opportunity happen."

“It is an incredible honor to welcome such accomplished, world-renowned athletes to our beautiful Secret Coast,” said Milton Segarra, CEO of Coastal Mississippi. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon is a phenomenal event that truly showcases Coastal Mississippi’s exceptional offerings and unparalleled scenery. With additional plans in place to execute the safest, most enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike, we look forward to another greatly successful event this year, and for many years to come.”