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Expected wet weather won't slow down Mississippi Blues Marathon this weekend

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson is going on this weekend rain or shine! 

The event attracts more than four thousand runners to the Capital City every year. 

Although the race is tomorrow, the party and preparations kicked off in high gear on Friday.

The sound of blues music mixed with some southern hospitality echoed throughout the Convention Complex in Jackson to greet runners all the way from Iceland.

“I am into country, blues and all the music, said one Iceland resident.

“As soon as I walked in I felt so good. Everyone was so warm, nice and inviting, said Texas resident, Maggie Miles.

While several folks were enjoying the welcome party inside Friday, preparations were underway outside near Lamar Street. 

Work crews moved in porta-potties, cases of water, and barricades for the thousands of runners participating from 46 states and several countries.

Although there's a threat of rain in Saturday's forecast, the wet weather seems like it won't slow things down.

“Runners run in rain, snow, sleet,” said Miles.

Another highlight at this year's event, the marathon is honoring the life and legacy of the great Blues Legend B.B. King who passed away last year.

“It is huge what he did for the music world. The marathon is great too because it brings everybody here. They get to run and hear some blues on the run, and if they get tired and want to walk they can still hear the blues," said musician Chris Gill.

The race day festivities begin at 7:00 Saturday morning at the corner of East Pascagoula and South Lamar in Downtown Jackson. 

The Art Garden will also feature live blues music until 2:00 p.m. and local food vendors will be no site.

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