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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, February 11, 2017
2016: Saturday, February 13, 2016

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

2016: 207 Finishers
2015: 206 Finishers
2014: 379 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 10.1%
2015: 10.7%

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 269th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 281st largest in 2015.

Last year 10.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mississippi River Marathon the 210th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 167th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.54 ranks it as the 81st 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 53rd 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mississippi River Marathon

4 Stars from 2 Reviews

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.

Race Tips

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

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Mississippi River Marathon in 3:52:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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