Overall Rating
Overall Rating (13 Reviews)
3.9
(13 Ratings)(13 Reviews)
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2.2
SCENERY
2.5
PRODUCTION
4.9
SWAG
4.4
The Mississippi River Marathon offers the only marathon in the Mississippi Delta and a variety of opportunities that no other race in the world can offer. Our goal is first, for people across the nation, especially in the Delta communities, to get excited about healthy lifestyles by supporting and participating … MORE
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    danjake01 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I absolutely perform my worst when racing temps go below 40 degrees. On race day, the temps were below the freezing mark with sleet right before the start. It was … MORE

    I absolutely perform my worst when racing temps go below 40 degrees. On race day, the temps were below the freezing mark with sleet right before the start. It was a flat course and not too bad for scenery. It doesn’t stand out for me as a repeat mostly due to the time of the year and Mother Nature not cooperating. If you love running in the cold, you’ll like this race.

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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race production was great, as well as communications. The expo was basically a packer pickup. This is a point to point race so I was up early to take … MORE

    The race production was great, as well as communications. The expo was basically a packer pickup. This is a point to point race so I was up early to take the bus. On the bus I was surprised by the number of Maniacs and Staters doing the race. The course is extremely flat except for the bridge. We somehow managed no rain… but it was very cold for Mississippi and the wind had nothing else to do except blow in our faces the second half of the race. So we were bundled up to no end as the second part of the course did not afford us much cover. The shirt, medal, and afterparty were great. I just wished I had done better with the wind… Well there is always another day. I would run this race again.

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    LHAMPT20 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a very smooth ran race, plenty of emails, facebook updates, easy to switch from marathon to half. The shirts, medals & awards were very nice. The course was … MORE

    This was a very smooth ran race, plenty of emails, facebook updates, easy to switch from marathon to half. The shirts, medals & awards were very nice. The course was easy (flat & fast) BUT the wind made this race so hard! Even though this was my 1st time doing it, I was warned by numerous people about the wind from prior years. I know there is nothing anyone can do about the weather but the wind was no joke. I will not be back to this one.

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    Evwatkins REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my 2nd year to run this race as a pacer. This was my 70th marathon. WEATHER! The weather is the biggest negative for this race! This year is … MORE

    This is my 2nd year to run this race as a pacer. This was my 70th marathon.
    WEATHER! The weather is the biggest negative for this race! This year is was sleeting the morning of the race, which thankfully ended before the start! It was still hovering just under the freezing mark at the start and stayed in the 30s for the duration of the race. The 15+ mph wind at your face for 16 miles (even worse on the bridge) was B-R-U-T-A-L! I’ve run many races in windy weather, but this was the first time I was fighting to stay upright! I was unable to maintain my goal pace (finished 3 minutes late) because the wind and cold was torture! Last year it was rainy and windy. (In years past there was icy rain, wind, and just plain cold)
    COURSE: The course begins in Lake Village, Arkansas and turns onto the highway where you will stay until around mile 21. The MS River bridge is several miles long and the only hill in the race. You finish in downtown Greenville. (The double half is a good choice if you are attempting 50 state half marathons.) You are bussed to the start early in the morning where a bag drop and toilets are available.
    The race directors did a great job keeping everyone safe and content. The medal and awards are always great. In years past there was music and food vendors, however this year, there was not.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 12, 2019 at 12:06pm

    Tough to blame the music and food vendors for not wanting any part of that weather! Brutal is right Evelyn, all my respect to you for fighting through the wind… MORE

    Tough to blame the music and food vendors for not wanting any part of that weather! Brutal is right Evelyn, all my respect to you for fighting through the wind and cold and actually finishing the race, much less only 3 minutes late. Last week I ran an exhausting workout of my own into a similar 18-mph headwind, and that was only 10 miles so I couldn't imagine adding another 16. Well done, and clearly the first 69 marathons were just a warmup for the big test in #70... congrats on passing with flying colors! 😉 LESS

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    jmskafidas FIRST-TIMER '19

    I chose this race because it’s one of the ONLY races I’ve found that would allow me to cross off 2 states on my 50 state half marathon journey. Super … MORE

    I chose this race because it’s one of the ONLY races I’ve found that would allow me to cross off 2 states on my 50 state half marathon journey. Super cool! Can’t say enough about the race production. They were great with their communication, sending emails out on event details every day leading up to the race. The transportation they provided to the starting line was smooth, and they were timely with their start. The downfall was the unpredictability of the weather, which we can blame on Mother Nature. Woke up the morning of the race to rain and sleet. Luckily that didn’t last long, but the cold temp and gusty wind made for quite a challenging run, especially when you crossed over the bridge and into Mississippi. It was a brutal (mentally and physically) 5 mille stretch before you finally turn off the highway and onto a side road where houses and trees shielded you from the wind. Highly recommend downloading a really entertaining podcast or updating your playlist for this run. There’s not much to see along the route….long stretches of what feels like never ending roads. The large medals, nice finisher awards, and quarter zip top (with side pocket) made for a satisfying finish. I’d definitely recommend this race for locals.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 12, 2019 at 9:41pm

    Wow, great job Julie! If you have to run in brutal cold and wind, it's gotta help the psyche to be able to check off two states at the same… MORE

    Wow, great job Julie! If you have to run in brutal cold and wind, it's gotta help the psyche to be able to check off two states at the same time. Clever way to attract 50 Staters, with a second start line 10 feet beyond the first finish. And glad you were still able to hear your podcasts in such a stiff wind. Thanks for another awesome review, and congrats on persevering in that weather and adding both Arkansas and Mississippi to your 50 States Map! LESS

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    CrimsonTyler88 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Aid stations every 1.5 miles for first 6 and every mile after that. Bridge was uphill and never seemed to end. Best overall performance and would definitely do this again! MORE

    Aid stations every 1.5 miles for first 6 and every mile after that. Bridge was uphill and never seemed to end. Best overall performance and would definitely do this again!

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran as a pacer. This is a low key, very well organized event. In 2018, it rained the entire race - so the scenery wasn't visible. The course follows … MORE

    I ran as a pacer. This is a low key, very well organized event. In 2018, it rained the entire race – so the scenery wasn’t visible. The course follows Lake Chicot in Arkansas and the crosses the MS river into Greenville. Very flat except for the bridge. The rain cancelled the bands and outside finish line activities. Typically there is music and more food options in the park area near the finish.
    Nice medal and 1/4 zip shirt.

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    dalebassplayer FIRST-TIMER '18

    Was rainy and foggy, so we never got a good view of the lake or bridge. Everyone was friendly! Lots of aid stations and porta potties. Beer and pizza were … MORE

    Was rainy and foggy, so we never got a good view of the lake or bridge. Everyone was friendly! Lots of aid stations and porta potties. Beer and pizza were available at some of the later aid stops. Great race director who is an active 50 stater. It’s obvious that the race is put on by someone who has run a lot of races.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Mississippi River Marathon starts in Lake Village, AR and finishes in Greenville, MS. It's a very small race in the deep south but for such a small event, they do … MORE

    Mississippi River Marathon starts in Lake Village, AR and finishes in Greenville, MS. It’s a very small race in the deep south but for such a small event, they do a fantastic job with the details, which can make or break a race. The cons:

    Weather is unpredictable, which goes for any race, but it got unseasonably warm for this year’s race. The saving grace was cloud cover and wind, which helped cool runners, but the sun could bake you if there were no clouds! There’s no shade along the course.
    Scenery is so-so. It’s mostly along a lake and river which is okay, and crosses the Mississippi which is very cool, but otherwise there’s not a whole lot to see.
    Porta-johns: I know they have this on their radar to fix for next year, the line at the marathon start got long before the race.

    Pros:
    Fantastic RD and organization. There were water stations almost every mile, which on a hot day, makes a WORLD of difference. Great volunteers and lots of police manning the intersections.
    Nice pull-over quarter zip top.
    Cool medal!
    Great awards for age group winners.
    Race day packet pickup if needed.
    Half marathon started at a different spot so there was no congestion or merging.
    Lots of food at the finish – great spread!
    Free race photos!

    I’d recommend the race for all of those ‘pros’ listed above. The cons were fixable or out of their hands. Bottom line is it’s a nice low-key race to knock out either Arkansas or Mississippi.

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    Runnergirl71 Oct 02, 2017 at 12:27pm

    So, would you say this is a good race for a first timer who REALLY likes it flat? Not a difficult course?

    So, would you say this is a good race for a first timer who REALLY likes it flat? Not a difficult course?

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    RunnerMeg Oct 02, 2017 at 12:32pm

    If you’re only looking at flat courses, it’s a great option. Depending on where you are and where you’re willing to go, you can probably find some more scenic flat… MORE

    If you’re only looking at flat courses, it’s a great option. Depending on where you are and where you’re willing to go, you can probably find some more scenic flat courses though. LESS

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    RunnerMeg Oct 02, 2017 at 1:21pm

    Good luck!!

    Good luck!!

    Runnergirl71 Oct 02, 2017 at 12:54pm

    I'm actually in Arkansas and looking for a fast, flat course. Scenery does not matter to me as I tend to get "in my head" and I will have a… MORE

    I'm actually in Arkansas and looking for a fast, flat course. Scenery does not matter to me as I tend to get "in my head" and I will have a friend with me to pace me. =) I have a definite goal. My slowest half marathon was 1:49 due to an injury at the time. The time I'm aiming for is 3:50. I do hope the weather will cooperate. Thank you so much for taking time to reply, I really appreciate it. LESS

     
    JodyReed FIRST-TIMER '17

    The good: the volunteers, the shirt, the overall organization of the race, free pictures to download, and 12 miles of the course. The bad: water the color of mud and … MORE

    The good: the volunteers, the shirt, the overall organization of the race, free pictures to download, and 12 miles of the course. The bad: water the color of mud and the rest of the course. Would I run this race again with this course again, probably not. Change the course to remove all of the miles on the highway and use bottled water instead of Mississippi water, definitely.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 10, 2017 at 1:42am

    YIKES, hopefully the mud-colored water wasn't the same water served at the aid stations? :) It would definitely be nice if a race dubbed the Mississippi River Marathon could run… MORE

    YIKES, hopefully the mud-colored water wasn't the same water served at the aid stations? :) It would definitely be nice if a race dubbed the Mississippi River Marathon could run most of its miles along the water. But congrats on getting it done Jody, and thanks for the helpful review! LESS

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    JodyReed Mar 10, 2017 at 7:23am

    The water the color of mud, was the aid station water.

    The water the color of mud, was the aid station water.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 10, 2017 at 1:35pm

    Double YIKES, sorry to hear that, I figured you were referencing the river itself (which would have been understandable)... sounds like they would've been better off just sticking with pre-made… MORE

    Double YIKES, sorry to hear that, I figured you were referencing the river itself (which would have been understandable)... sounds like they would've been better off just sticking with pre-made Gatorade! LESS

     
    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was advertised as flat and fast, and it was. Even though I wasn't fast, this was a great recovery run for me since it didn't require extreme effort … MORE

    This race was advertised as flat and fast, and it was. Even though I wasn’t fast, this was a great recovery run for me since it didn’t require extreme effort to complete. Everyone else seemed to move along really quick with no major issues.
    This organization offered a 5k free of charge to kids under the age of 18. I had three of mine with me, and they all ran it, and loved it…one even ran it barefoot, which I’m a little jealous of.
    Back at the marathon, the mercury hit 81 degrees, and the wind was pretty gusty at times, which made the first (Arkansas) half a little more challenging, but the scenery along the lake and river more than made up for it. There was one pretty boring stretch (for me), just long flat fields, but I even saw some city folk taking pictures of that, so still relevant to the landscape we were running in.
    The production at this race was excellent. Everything from pre-race information, packet pick up, to the buses at the start line, to volunteers and aid stations, free photography, finish line band and setup, and post race info…all of it was excellent!
    The swag is outstanding, long sleeve 1/4 zip pullover and quality medal.
    Overall, this is a race that others should strive to be like, maybe too small for some people that like huge crowds or a lot of spectators, but from a production standpoint, top notch!

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    Runnergirl71 Oct 02, 2017 at 1:09pm

    How tough is "the hill"?

    How tough is "the hill"?

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    Joerobe Oct 02, 2017 at 1:14pm

    It's been a while, but the only hill I remember was the bridge, and it wasn't bad.

    It's been a while, but the only hill I remember was the bridge, and it wasn't bad.

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    Runnergirl71 Oct 02, 2017 at 1:25pm

    Thank you! =)

    Thank you! =)

    M_Sohaskey Feb 16, 2017 at 1:33am

    I was curious to hear how you liked this one, since I'm on the hunt for my Arkansas race and don't like the idea of the Little Rock finisher's medal… MORE

    I was curious to hear how you liked this one, since I'm on the hunt for my Arkansas race and don't like the idea of the Little Rock finisher's medal taking up half my wall. This sounds perfect, since I prefer low-key productions and don't need raucous spectators to keep me going. And the swag sounds awesome, particularly the pullover. Thanks again Keith, and congrats to you and your legs on checking Arkansas off the list – you're on a roll! LESS

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    RunnerMeg Oct 02, 2017 at 12:31pm

    Mike I’d you haven’t run Arkansas yet, Three Bridges is awesome!! Low key but fantastic production.

    Mike I’d you haven’t run Arkansas yet, Three Bridges is awesome!! Low key but fantastic production.

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    kyleamorgan FIRST-TIMER '17

    For a small town race in the middle of nowhere, it was one of the best organized events I've been to in a long time! The whole community seems to … MORE

    For a small town race in the middle of nowhere, it was one of the best organized events I’ve been to in a long time! The whole community seems to come out and support the event, from the morning bfast race bags at the Econolodge (yes, at a small budget hotel!) to the course, a plethora of aid stations, community block parties along the course, and of course the finish line are. The finish line area had music, a few vendors, lots of different post race food choices (pizza, McDonalds, fruit, donuts, and more).

    One of the neat things that Start2Finish (event management company) had available was an instant results setup. You could walk up to a kiosk, type in your bib number, and get a printout of your Gun/Chip time, rank in your division, rank overall, and average pace, very neat!

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 16, 2017 at 1:42am

    Count me in! Sounds like a great choice for an Arkansas race, especially with the mighty Mississippi as the backdrop. I'm a sucker for small-town marathons, and solid production goes… MORE

    Count me in! Sounds like a great choice for an Arkansas race, especially with the mighty Mississippi as the backdrop. I'm a sucker for small-town marathons, and solid production goes a LONG way. And let's be honest – you had me at "donuts". :) Thanks, Kyle! LESS

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '15

    Not a particular scenic route, but running over the Mississippi was really nice. Very flat and fast course. For some reason they started the half .1 miles too soon which … MORE

    Not a particular scenic route, but running over the Mississippi was really nice. Very flat and fast course. For some reason they started the half .1 miles too soon which screwed up anyone trying for a PR. The food at the finish was fantastic – pizza, donuts, fruit, tamales, etc. Very well organized for the small number of people racing.

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