Half Marathon - 5 K - Family Fun Run
Emergency Preparedness Fair
October 18, 2014

When and Where

Saturday, October 18, 2014 on the Mississippi State University Campus. Races begin at 7 am.


All proceeds benefit the Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Departments, Oktibbeha/Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS), and the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services.


Click here to view the routes for the half marathon and 5Km races.


Registration is available online at or download a mail in registration form here.

The registration fee for the half marathon is:

  • $45 by July 18th
  • $55 by August 18th
  • $65 by September 18th
  • $75 until October 17th

There is no race day registration for the half marathon. Any registrations received after October 8th are not guaranteed a race dry-fit shirt.

The registration fee for the 5K is:

  • $20 until September 18th
  • $25 until September 19th to race day 

Any registrations received after October 8th are not guaranteed a race t-shirt.

The registration fee for the Family Fun Run (less than 1 mile) is $5 per person. All children under the age of 10 will receive a finisher’s ribbon. 

There will be race day registration for the 5K and Family Fun Run only.  The last day to register for the half marathon is October 17th during packet pick-up.

A maximum of 500 runners will be allowed to participate in each the half-marathon and 5K so please register early to reserve your spot! There is no limit to the number of participants for the family fun run.

Race Information

Runner Perks

Half Marathon Runners

  • ‘Swag bag’ with goodies from our sponsors
  • Gender specific dry-fit race shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Post-race drinks and food
  • Water and PowerAde stations along race route

5K Runners

Family Fun Runners

  • Finisher’s ribbon for all kids 10 and under

Start Line/Finish Line
The start line for both the half marathon and 5K will be on Lakeview Drive by the Pitts Tennis Courts on MSU’s campus.  The finish line for both races will be on MSU’s Carl Maddox Track. 

Race Start Time and Course Time Limits
The half marathon and 5K will have a staggered start beginning at 7:00 a.m. CST. The Family Fun Run will start at 8:00 a.m. CST.

The half marathon will have a 3 hour time limit. The 5K will have a 1 hour time limit. 

Chip Timing & Race Bibs
Both the half marathon and 5K will be chip timed. You will be assigned a Race Bib at registration/ packet pick up. On race day please affix your Race Bib with your assigned number to your shirt or shorts either with safety pins or a race belt. You should wear your Race Bib at all times while running the Preparation race you have registered for. This will allow us to track your finishing time.

Course Regulations
You must be at least 12 years old on race day to participate in the half-marathon. There is no age limit on the 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

All participants must sign a liability waiver in order to participate.  If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the participation waiver in order to participate in any of the races.

In-line skates, bicycles, pets, unauthorized vehicles, and unregistered runners are prohibited on the course. Strollers are prohibited on the half marathon course only.  Awareness on the course is vital to all runners safety and therefore all runners are strongly recommended not to use head phones.

Packet Pick-Up
Packet Pick-Up for the half marathon and 5K will be on Friday, October 17th from 4-8 pm at the MSU Sanderson Center. On site registration will be available for all races Friday night, but t-shirts and 'swag' bags are not guaranteed for runners who register after October 8th.

Packet Pick-Up for the half marathon and 5K will also be on Saturday, October 18th from 5:45-6:30 am in the parking lot behind the Bryan Building, next to the start line. Registration for 5K will be open until 6:30 am and registration for the Family Fun Run will be open until 7:45 am.

To avoid roads that will be closed for the run, we ask that you take Hwy 12 to Collegeview Drive and follow the directional signs to the designated parking lots. Roads that are a part of or adjacent to the race routes will be shut down at 6:50 am and will not reopen until all runners have past that point. Please view our race routes for more information on the routes.

Parking will be available in the lot between the Hump and Sanderson Center and across the street from the Sanderson Center. The lot between the Hump and Sanderson Center will be closed between 6:45 and 8:30 am to allow for the safe passage of our runners.

Please view the attached map for on site registration locations, packet pick-up, driving, and parking information.

Porta-Potties and Restrooms
Porta-potties will be available prior to the race and along the course. 

Dry Clothing Bags
A clear plastic bag will be provided to you at registration. On Saturday morning before the race you may place your morning clothing in this plastic bag in a secured area for pickup after the race. MSU-CERT is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Hand-Cycle Participants
Hand-cycle participants will start a few minutes ahead of the other runners.

Water & Gel Stations
Water and PowerAde stations will be provided throughout the race course every 2-3 miles. Gel stations will be provided at two locations along the course.

Medical Aid Stations are at the Start/Finish area and along the course. An ambulance will be onsite to attend to your medical needs.


  • Male and female overall winners in the half-marathon will receive a free pair of shoes from Brooks Running.
  • Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group for both the half-marathon and 5K races. Age groups are: 19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and Over.
  • Awards will be presented at 10:30 at the Emergency Preparedness Fair

Things to Do In Starkville/ MSU
Mississippi State University
Greater Starkville Development Partnership
Starkville Information

Hotel Accommodations
We have reserved blocks of room at both the Comfort Suites and Hampton Inn Starkville with check-out times of noon on Saturday, October 18th. Both hotels are within walking distance the start/finish lines, the fair, and the post-event party at Buffalo Wild Wings. Be sure to mention the Preparathon when you call to reserve your room.
Comfort Suites, 801 Russell Street, 662-324-9595
Hampton Inn Starkville, 700 Highway 12 E, 662-324-1333

Emergency Preparedness Fair

All race participants and all members of the community are encouraged to attend the 2014 MSU CERT Emergency Preparedness Fair.  Local and state emergency preparedness and response agencies representation will set up adjacent to the PREPARATHON finish line and all will be sharing resources and offering preparedness advice to individuals of all ages and families.  We hope that you will come cheer on race participants and join us for this fun, family-friendly, interactive, and informative event that highlights how individuals, families, and communities can better prepare and what resources each agency provides in times of emergency and disaster. 

The Emergency Preparedness Fair is open to the community to attend at no cost, so please stop by! Participation in one of the races is not required to participate in the fair. The Fair starts at 8:00 am and ends at noon, with more traffic expected as each race event concludes. 

A list of all attending agencies can be found here.

Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers to help us throughout the day to make the race and fair run as smooth as possible! More information and volunteer registration can be found at

Come Cheer on Our Runners

If you aren't the running type but would like to be a part of the race, consider signing up for a cheering section along the race route! The number and enthusiasm of the people along the race route help make a race great for runners and it is a ton of fun to do! Please email us at to sign up for one of the cheering sections (Check out sections here). Pre-registered cheering sections will be entered to win a prize for the best cheering section!

Race Sponsors:


bwwt" Starkville CopyCow
StinkyFeet The Tailgate Company Craddock Construstion


Regions Vowells City Bagel
Aspen Heights Rods Racers Cadence Bank


PowerBar Brooks Department of Housing and Residence Life
Renasant Bank Alfa Insurance GSA
Thomas Blake Balzli, DMD, PA
General Family Dentistry
Jeffrey J. Hosford
Baldy's Barber Shop

Our new sponsor’s information will be added soon! If you would like to become a sponsor of the MSU CERT Preparathon, please email us at!