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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 55°F (12°C)
Average Low: 35° F (1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.54
Course Score: 99.54

Race Size

2018: 172 Finishers
2017: 231 Finishers
2016: 207 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 12.2%
2017: 8.7%
2016: 10.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Mississippi River Marathon course offers very good chances at PRs and BQs. The course is extremely flat with the exception of the 82 bridge spanning the Mississippi River and the weather is cool on average on race day.

The start for the point to point course is in Arkansas and the finish in Mississippi.

Marathon Rankings

The Mississippi River Marathon was the 231st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 259th largest in 2016.

This year 12.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Mississippi River Marathon the 235th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 9th highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 99.54 ranks it as the 88th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Mississippi.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mississippi River Marathon a PR Score of 99.54. This PR Score ranks it as the 59th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Mississippi.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 220 feet (67m)
Min Elevation: 113 feet (34m)


Recent Mississippi River Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Mississippi River Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Thought it was great, and well run, and enjoyed the beer and food and the massages were an extra-special touch! The only thing I would change is to add more fruit at the water stations and add more port-a-potties at the starting lines. Other than those two things, you guys have done an outstanding job on this marathon! You could definitely teach other races a thing or twelve! Volunteers did an amazing job!

Race Tips

Be on the buses at 6:30, don't wait until the last minute to sign up for the race, and be sure to show appreciation for the folks who give up vast amounts of their time to organize, put on and see this race through!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive as soon as you can, the hotels are ok in the area.

review of 2017 Mississippi River Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


For a small race, this was an amazingly organized and well run event!! Everyone was friendly and helpful and things ran very smoothly. It seems wind is at times an issue and it was hot this year but that is no reflection on the race organizers themselves. Traffic control was spot on. This event does not have pacers. If you feel that a pace group is important to you, this may not be the right event for you. Otherwise, it was very well done.

Race Tips

This event does not have pace groups and can be windy. That is something to be prepared for.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2015 Mississippi River Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I ran this in 2015 . . . it was cold with virtually no wind . . . the course was pancake flat except for the bridge over the Mississippi River. My watch did record the distance as 26.5 miles and I was running tangents, so I will plan for that distance when I run this race again in 2016. After party was great, and being able to pick up awards as you win them rather than having to wait around for the awards ceremony was nice. All race pix were free - a nice perk.

Race Tips

Plan your paces for 26.5 miles

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Ample parking near finish line/bus to start. We stayed at local motel 6 and drove in.

review of 2012 Mississippi River Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I ran the inaugural MS River Marathon. My watch recorded 26.59 miles. That's the longest my watch has ever recorded for a marathon course, and it had too few turns for me to blame it on how I ran my tangents. The wind was brutal along the flat highway stretches, which was a large portion of the course. The course was nice at the beginning around the lake and at the bridge, but the rest was boring. The town of Greenville doesn't have much to offer as far as restaurants/amenities. The after-party at the finish line was really fun. They had a fabulous blues band and lots of food for the runners. The course was very flat, so if you luck out with no wind, it could be good for a PR. Just add in some extra time for your goal for that extra .39 miles.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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