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Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K

Rise & Shine for the Community!

Join us Saturday, April 7, 2018, for the 7th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K to benefit The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a local nonprofit in Hattiesburg that provides social and recreational activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Click here for FUN FACTS about the Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K.

The Course

The nationally certified 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 neighborhoods of the Hub City.

This year’s participants might also recognize some of their favorite bands while they’re on the course. The theme this year is “Battle of the Bands,” and water stations will represent different bands across various musical eras. 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.

The Expo

The 3rd Annual Rise & Shine Expo will be held Friday, April 6, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Southern Miss Payne Center for registration and bag pick-up. All participants are asked to attend this event to receive important materials and information about the race. Once again, there will be no registration on the day of the race; however, registered participants will be allowed to pick up their bags on race day if they are unable to attend the Expo.

Click the Expo tab at the top for more details about this event.

The Prizes

Cash prizes and awards 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

In addition, 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, will receive $50. The 1st and 2nd Male and Female finishers in each age group will receive an award.

All participants will receive/have access to:

  • Race bag (pick-up at USM’s Payne Center during Rise & Shine Expo)
  • Race T-shirt (only guaranteed to those who register by March 16)
  • Hand-made pottery by The Arc
  • Finisher medal (for half-marathon participants)
  • Post-race refreshments and massages
  • Live entertainment
  • Post-race photo opportunities


Registration is now open and is accessible here.


Standard Registration

(Feb.3 – March 16)

Half-Marathon: $65

5K: $35

Late Registration

(March 17 – April 6)

Half-Marathon: $75

5K: $40

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

About The Arc

The Arc of Southeast Mississippi is a United Way non-profit organization dedicated 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. The organization provides these individuals with various opportunities that enable a wholesome quality of life by improving their physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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

2017 Race Recap




Hattiesburg is a robust, small city with several hot spots and fun events. If you are traveling to Hattiesburg as a visitor for the Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K, please visit the website for our local tourism organization. The link will take you to an external site. Click HERE or the image below.


Click here for the 2018 race results. The Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K was timed by Time2Run.


Post-race entertainment will be provided by Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn. Click the image to go to his website.






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