This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mississippi River Marathon and Half Marathon and the time to sign up for the Boston Marathon qualifier is now.
Race time is set for 8 a.m. Feb. 5 and this year’s event will not differ much from last year as it will feature the full marathon, Half Marathon, Delta Double Down, Half Marathon Relay, Wheelchair Marathon and the 5K.
The 2022 Mississippi River Marathon Expo and Packet Pick-Up presented by Planters Bank will take place at the Leyser Gallery Building at 301 Washington Ave. in Greenville.
Packet pick-up will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4.
For those unable to make it on Friday, packet pick-up will be available for free from 5:15 a.m to 6 a.m on Saturday before the buses depart at 6:30 a.m.
For the full marathon, which starts in Lake Village, crosses the halfway point on the Mississippi River Bridge and finishes into Greenville, the registration fee is currently $110 and will increase to $115 on Feb.1 until Feb. 5.
For the Half Marathon, which starts on the Mississippi River Bridge in Lake Village, crosses over and finishes into Greenville, the registration fee is $90 and will increase to $95 on Feb. 1 until Feb 5.
For the Half Marathon Relay in which as a team of two, one runner will start on the bridge and run roughly six miles of the half marathon, tag their partner for the other team member to run the other seven miles of the half marathon to the finish line, the registration fee is $120 and will increase to $125 Feb. 1 until Feb 5.
For the Delta Double Down (Arkansas half and Mississippi half) whereas the Arkansas Half Marathon will finish on the Mississippi River Bridge and 10 feet beyond that will be the start to the Mississippi Half Marathon, the registration fee is $120 and will increase to $125 on Feb. 1 until Feb. 5
The 5K Race, presented by Delta Health - The Medical Center, has a registration fee of $25 and will increase to $35 on Feb. 1 until Feb. 5. There is no registration cost for those 18 years old and younger.
For the wheelchair marathon, the registration fee is $120 and will increase from $120 to $125 on Feb. 1 until Feb. 5.
In addition, a virtual option is being offered to runners and all they have to do is register for the “half” or “full” marathon, submit their results and a “swag” bag — given to all race participants at the conclusion of the race — will be mailed to them.
There will be no refunds or deferments for the 2022 Mississippi River Marathon and Half Marathon.
Entries are non transferable to another participant.
Participants must present a photo ID and sign a release-from-liability waiver at check-in.
Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event due to unfavorable conditions.
Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God.”
Any participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
To participate in the half marathon, the participant must be at least 12 years of age and at least 16 years of age for the full marathon.
Those interested in participating can visit http://msrivermarathon.com/ to register and learn more about the races. They can also follow the MS River Marathon’s Facebook page.
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, one being it is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
“Our goal is first, for people across the nation, especially in the Delta communities, to get excited about healthy lifestyles by supporting and participating in our running events. Second, this marathon was created to help all children receive an excellent education by donating funds raised to the Washington County and Southeast Arkansas Community Foundations to benefit local non-profits and organizations,” race director John Conner said.