Muddy River Marathon returns for 3rd year in Cape Girardeau; volunteers needed

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Muddy River Marathon is returning for a third year in Cape Girardeau.

This year’s event is set to take place on Saturday, April 29.

Organizers say this year’s marathon is expanding from the 13.1 or 26.2 miles run by offering a one-mile dog walk and a Spring Fling block party.

The block party will feature local musicians and more than 40 artisan vendors and food trucks.

“We just wanted to, one, celebrate the runners and all of their families and participants; and, two, offer something for Cape Girardeau residents to enjoy as well,” Alyssa Phares, Muddy River Marathon board member, said.

Hundreds of runners from 20 states are expected to participate this year.

Marathon organizers are asking for volunteers to help with various roles.

“With eight stations and intersections to have people, one person at some of the intersections in Cape isn’t always the best thing,” said Muddy River Marathon Co-Director Brandon Hahs. “We currently have all of our areas covered which is great, but we can always use more.”

Volunteers are also needed for support.

“Not only do we need the runners to show up and the volunteers, but we need cheerleaders, and this is a phenomenal event for Cape from an economic standpoint and just for a fun day,” Hahs said. “26.2 miles is a long time and they’re not the happiest people when they cross that line. They may have a smile on their face, but they can still use that encouragement.”

Organizers say the marathon has raised $45,000 for local non-profit organizations over the past two years. Plans are to donate this year’s proceeds to more non-profits.

Registration is now open for the events and for those interested in participating or volunteering. Details can be found here.

Marsha Heller

Marsha Heller

Marsha joined the KFVS-12 News Team in August 1999.