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Community. Health. Fun.

Our 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile and half marathon relay courses, wind through Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The community and sponsor support results in an excellent race day experience for all participants.

The race's proceeds benefit local non-profits who improve the health and well-being of those who call Southeast Missouri home. Since the race's inception, over $65,000 has been donated to charities.

We believe that fitness equals happiness, and encourage our participants to challenge their bodies while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 


Embrace the Race Theme

The Muddy River Marathon is more than just a race. It's a unifying event that deepens and strengthens the roots of our community.

It's a challenge. Not to each other, but to ourselves. A challenge to work towards a goal that we're not sure we're able to accomplish, but choose to believe we can. It's the knowledge that each hardship you face and overcome will test the strength of your mind and body to press on. It's solace in knowing that even though times may get tough, if you can will the drive and dedication within yourself to keep going... you will always Find Your Stride.



Fresh air and Southeast Missouri beauty


Find Your Own Groove

There is no perfect way to train for a marathon. Early mornings, late nights, pushing yourself or taking it easy on this run or that. It doesn't matter what did or didn't work for someone else. All that matters is what works for you. Create your own rules. Find Your Stride.


Race Proceeds

Proceeds from the Muddy River Marathon are donated to organizations that work to benefit the local community.

Green Bear

Green Bear’s primary mission is to lower child abuse cases in Missouri by educating adults and children alike on prevention and warning signs of abuse.

South Side Farms

South Side Farms is a community program with the goal of providing healthy, affordable food to residents of south side Cape Girardeau who face food insecurity.

The Aslinger Foundation

The foundation seeks to encourage and enable individuals with disabilities to pursue their education through awarded scholarships.

Graceful Opportunities

Graceful Opportunities is an organization that works to improve employment opportunities, provide transportation, and build life skills for adults with disabilities in Missouri.

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