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.
This event does not have pace groups and can be windy. That is something to be prepared for.
By CYL about 2017
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!
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!
Arrive as soon as you can, the hotels are ok in the area.
By TDH about 2015
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.
Ample parking near finish line/bus to start. We stayed at local motel 6 and drove in.
By YM about 2012
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.