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Rise & Shine for a Great Cause!

Join us on Saturday, April 2, 2016, for the 5th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K! Participants will embark on a nationally certified and well-marked scenic course to benefit The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a local nonprofit in Hattiesburg that provides recreational activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The half-marathon and 5K routes will both start and finish at Hattiesburg Clinic’s main campus (415 S. 28th Avenue). The half-marathon will kick off at 7 a.m., with the 5K to follow at 7:15 a.m. Participants in both races will make their way through serene and charming Hattiesburg neighborhoods. At mile three, 5K participants will finish back at the clinic and half-marathon participants will continue north on 28th Avenue and make their way across the campus of Southern Miss.

This year, a Rise & Shine Fitness Expo will be held 3-8 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at the Southern Miss Payne Center for registration and bag pick-up. All participants are asked to attend this event, as there will be no registration on the day of the race. Registered participants will be allowed to pick up their bags on race day.

Cash prizes and awards (provided by Soccer Locker) will be available to the following half-marathon participants:

1ST PLACE             $300 MALE          $300 FEMALE

2ND PLACE            $200 MALE          $200 FEMALE

3RD PLACE            $100 MALE          $100 FEMALE

Additional awards were given for Master, Grandmaster and 1st and 2nd Place Male and Female finishers in 10-year age groups for the half-marathon, as well as the 5k’s Top 3 Males and the Top 3 Females for the 5K.


All participants will receive/have access to:

  • Bag pick up at USM’s Payne Center on Friday, April 1 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Race T-shirt (only guaranteed to those who register by March 18)
  • Race bag
  • Hand-made pottery by The Arc
  • Digital photo of race finish provided by Snap It Sports
  • Finisher medal (for half-marathon participants)
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Live entertainment
  • Post-race photo opportunities
  • Running merchandise for sale, provided on-site by Soccer Locker


Registration is open and can be accessed here.


Standard Registration

(Feb. 2 – March 18)

Half-Marathon: $65*

5K: $35*


Late Registration

(March 19 – April 1)

Half-Marathon: $75

5K: $40

*There will be no same-day registration this year.


About The ARC of Southeast Mississippi

The Arc of Southeast Mississippi is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families. In addition, the Arc promotes and encourages the acceptance of those with mental disabilities by exposure to, and interaction with, people in our community.

To read more about The Arc and their work, please visit them at www.hattiesburgarc.com.


2015 Recap Video

2015 Promo

2015 Course Video

2014 Recap Video


Sponsorships are available. For more information, click here.


To view the Rise & Shine Half-Marathon and 5K website information on a printable PDF, click here.