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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.

Discovery Playhouse

Discovery Playhouse, a nonprofit, offers hands-on exhibits for fun and learning, serving 43,000+ patrons annually. We rely on donors and sponsors to make this educational museum possible for children.

Southeast Kids in Action

Southeast Kids in Action promotes participation of visually impaired children in community activities and in recreational & leisure pursuits, fostering a sense of community.

Graceful Opportunities

Providing employment and life opportunities to those with developmental disabilities. Funds will aid our "Rules of the Road" program, helping individuals with disabilities obtain their Missouri driver’s license.

The Howard Aslinger Foundation

The Howard Aslinger Foundation supports people with disabilities through scholarships and adaptive equipment for sports.

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