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When and where is packet pickup?

Packet pickup will be in the Century Casino Event Center at 777 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 12 PM to 6 PM.

Will there be race day packet pickup?

For those that cannot make the regular packet pickup, race day bib pick up is available at the starting line. The remaining packet can be collected after the race at the finish line. We strongly encourage Friday pickups.

Where can I find the course map?

Where do volunteers sign up?

Anyone interested in volunteering along the course should sign up here.

What are course time limits?

The marathon will have a cutoff time of 7 hours. The half marathon will have a cutoff time of 5 hours.

Will bad weather effect the event?

Sometimes, there are weather events beyond our control. (A little rain in the forecast won’t stop us.) But if there is a threat of more severe weather, the Muddy River Marathon is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators. If race officials deem the course unsafe because of weather conditions, here’s what you need to know.

Race officials may cancel, delay, or change the event in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of participants. The race can be delayed for a maximum of one hour from start time. If severe weather hasn’t cleared within one hour, the race will be canceled. The race director and medical director, in consultation with law enforcement, fire/EMS, and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action is necessary.


The race director may decide to shut down the course after the race has started if weather conditions deteriorate. Runners will be asked to take shelter at the closest aid station (there are 10 along the course) and wait for a shuttle to the finish line. The race will not resume. If you refuse to take shelter and continue, you do so at your own risk.


Volunteer course marshals will be released from their positions if the race is canceled. Zone Captains will notify marshals at each location.


Entry fees are nonrefundable. In the case of cancellation, we will offer, a 50 percent discount to all participants for next year’s race, and you may run virtually at anytime during the month of May and we will send you your medal.  


As long as the weather cooperates, will be to have the normal start times, Marathon 6 a.m. followed by half marathon and relay at 7:45 a.m..  However, if there is severe weather, lightning and/or heavy rains and we are forced to delay the start of the Marathon, we could delay the start to as late as 7 a.m.. If we cannot start the Marathon by 7 a.m. but a break in the severe weather is forecasted then Marathon participants will be switched to the Half.  The Half Marathon start time will remain 7:45, unless severe weather is imminent. The start of the Half could be delayed by as much as 1 hour.  If we are unable to start the events by 8:45 a.m., then we will have to cancel and follow the policy, stated above. 

Will there be water stations?

There will be 12-14 water stations along the course.  Along with water, aid stations will have will have Gu and Tailwind available.

Do all runners get swag?

All runners will receive a race shirt and a water bottle. All finishers will receive a medal.

Is the course certified?

The Full Marathon course is certified. We hope to see you chase your BQ at the Muddy River Marathon! 

Will there be a post race party?

We cannot wait to celebrate with you! There will be music and fun immediately following the race.  Many local businesses will have great offers as well so make sure to check them as we share them on social media. 

How does a team register for the relay?

A team captain registers and pays the cost of the entire team. Teammates can register at same time or after but will not be charged. Teammates must indicate the team in their registration.

Looking for hotel accommodations?

There are a number of options close to the start and finish lines – including two hotels and numerous Airbnb. Stay tuned for group rate information.

What prizes will be awarded?

We are pleased to award several prizes for the Muddy River Marathon and Half Marathon, they are:

  • Individual Male/Female Marathon 1st: $300 2nd: $200 3rd: $100

  • Individual Male/Female Half Marathon 1st: $150 2nd: $100 3rd: $50

  • Course Record Full: $250 Half: $125

    • Course Records: Full

      • Daniel Plunkett 2:36:07

      • Amanda Erikson 3:15:20​

    • Course Records: Half

      • Daniel Plunkett 1:14:59

      • Jennifer Bertucci 1:25:54

  • The Middle of the Pack: Marathon $100 / Half $50

What is the refund and deferral policy?

No refunds will be granted and deferrals cannot be made closer than seven days to the race date.

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