Saturday, February 8, 2020 • Greenville, MS • Course Map
With the exception of races in places like Miami or Key West, this race is no doubt in the running for one of the flattest anywhere in the United States, as it is run along the banks of what is perhaps America’s most storied river, the winding Mississippi River that gives the race its name, making its 8th annual running in the late winter season of 2020.
The race organizers — a pair of Teach for America teachers who came up with the idea for the race while working at Lakeside High School in nearby Lake Village, Ark. — note that the race takes runners through some forgotten pieces of the nation’s history, including the site where Charles Lindbergh made his first nighttime flight as well as the largest ox-bow lake anywhere in the United States.
(What is an “ox-bow” lake, you ask? It’s a U-shaped body of water made by diverting water from a river — in this case, the Mississippi River.)
Runners can choose between running 26.2 or 13.1 miles, and the half marathon course will start at the mid-way point of the full marathon route, near the intersection of Highway 82/278 and Levee Road. From there, runners head northeast and almost immediately hit the recently opened 82 Bridge that spans the river and features the only hilly stretch anywhere along the race course. After they make it over and down the bridge — also known as the Greenville Bridge — runners then head northeast along the highway into Greenville, along fast and flat paved terrain the entire rest of the way.
The race finishes in downtown Greenville, the home of famed writers William Alexander Percy and Shelby Foote (the author of the beloved Civil War trilogy and the face of Ken Burns’s The Civil War documentary in 1990 for PBS) as well as Muppets creator Jim Henson. Runners will head north along Washington Avenue all the way into the city, turning left near the courthouse to head in to the finish line near the riverfront park, Stein Mart Park.
New from 2018, runners may run the first half of the full marathon, which takes place entirely in Arkansas, followed by the regular half marathon course. Half marathoners in the Arkansas race begin with the full marathoners and can complete both half marathons as part of the Delta Double Down challenge.
Shuttle buses will take runners in both races to each starting line, as runners will meet at the finish line to board the buses to the start. Runners in the full marathon or Delta Double Down challenge will have 7 hours to complete their 26.2 miles, while those running the half marathon will have 6 hours to finish their race.
Musicians will be out on the course playing Delta blues music, organizers add, and proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Washington County and Southeast Arkansas Community Foundations.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi on the state’s eastern border with Arkansas, about 120 miles northwest of Jackson and roughly 150 miles southeast of Memphis, Tenn., Greenville typically sees February temperatures that average between 37°F and 58°F, while precipitation amounts average about 4.7 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Feb. 8), the average low is 36°F and the average high is 58°F.
- 2019 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Mississippi Half Marathon Results
- $65 – $110 for the half marathon
- $85 – $130 for the full marathon
- $95 – $140 for the Delta Double Down challenge
To sign up for the late winter 2020 running of Greenville’s Mississippi River Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the race website here.
Official Race Website
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