MGM’s Gulf Coast resort features runner-friendly dining and spa specials for race participants

01 November 2023

BILOXI, Miss. – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino invites Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon participants and running enthusiasts to stay, play, relax and recover at the property after crossing the finish line. As the presenting sponsor and official host hotel and resort casino of the 2023 running festival, Dec. 8-10, MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage offers luxurious accommodations, and a variety of runner-friendly offerings and specials for participants.

“We’ve been proud to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon since its inception eight years ago,” said Beau Rivage President and COO Brandon Dardeau. “Many of the same runners and their families stay at Beau Rivage every year, and we look forward to welcoming them back and providing a host of runner-friendly amenities pre- and post-race.”

Thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators to are drawn to Coastal Mississippi by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon each year, with last year’s crowd representing 47 states and four countries. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon features four distance races, including a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and kids marathon (1 mile).

Live entertainment takes the stage at Beau Rivage Theatre nightly during marathon weekend, starting with LeAnn Rimes presenting JOY: The Holiday Tour on Friday, Dec. 8, and comedian Tom Segura on Saturday, Dec. 9. In Black Clover Lounge, Brandon Green performs a set as part of the Unplugged Friday series from 6-10 p.m., while at EIGHT75, local favorite Triggerproof performs from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.

For those looking for pre- or post-race relaxation, The Spa at Beau Rivage offers a variety of services including a Custom Massage, an Athlete’s Massage and the CBD Restore Massage. The 50-minute Athlete’s massage uses the healing effects of therapeutic massage techniques designed to increase range of motion and recovery of muscles. The 50-minute CBD massage not only helps relax muscles and relieve tension, active botanicals in CauseMedic body oils promote muscle soothing and anxiety relief with broad spectrum CBD Pain Relieving Cream. An 80-minute treatment is also offered and includes a Moor Mud treatment to calm inflammation and back pain. Runners who book a spa treatment will receive a CauseMedic Travel CBD Pain Cream ($39 value), while supplies last. To book spa reservations, call 228.386.7472 or visit

Runner-friendly dining options are offered throughout race weekend at Beau Rivage’s award-winning restaurants. On race days, The Roasted Bean and Roasted Bean Coffee Cart will offer the Gulf Coast Marathon Power Pack, with fresh cut fruit, banana nut bread, Yoplait mixed berry yogurt and Powerade. The coffee cart will be available before and after races offering items needed to fuel a run such as fresh cut fruit, bananas,
yogurt & yogurt parfaits, pastries, Danishes, Powerade, water, Red Bull and more.

Races begin on Saturday morning, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. with a 5K race, beginning in Ocean Springs and finishing at Margaritaville Resort. The Kid’s Marathon follows at 9:30 a.m. The 1-mile race will start and finish at the Margaritaville Resort. The running festival culminates on Sunday, Dec. 10 with a USATF Boston Qualifier beachfront marathon that begins at 7 a.m. in historic Pass Christian and winds along Highway 90 Beach Blvd. to Biloxi, in a true celebration of running and Coastal Mississippi culture. Runners in both the marathon and half marathon, which starts at Gulfport’s Jones Park, will experience unobstructed beach views, quaint coastal towns and some of the region’s most beautiful homes before crossing the line at MGM Park’s Finish Festival, featuring music and local cuisine.




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Already known as the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast, Beau Rivage continues to raise the bar. Named one of the “South’s Best Resorts” by Southern Living, MGM Resorts International’s AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort recently completed a $55 million room remodel of its 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. The resort is home to 12 restaurants, four bars and lounges, and an 85,000-square-foot gaming area that includes the new Buffalo Zone and BetMGM Book Bar and Grill, Mississippi’s full-service sports betting and entertainment destination. The resort also offers live entertainment in its 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade with a Black Clover Lounge and Topgolf Swing Suite, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more info, call (888) 567-6667 or visit



Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Beau Rivage, (228) 386-7134,
Michael Wattigny, FRESHJUNKIE Racing, (504) 952-2899,