This year’s edition has been turned into a virtual event
Aderire Midsouth Championship Marathon and Half
The people of Cross County offer runners and walkers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of Corporate America.Rediscover what you love about running, and enjoy a slice of rural America country running at the same time.This is a USATF certified marathon, out and back course.
With a race course designed to highlight the scenic beauty and Southern charm of this corner of northeastern Arkansas, the Midsouth Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners through a rural landscape filled with acres of delta farmland, tree-lined country roads and the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains in the distance.
Founded and organized by the Cross Country Ramblers, a local running and walking club, the race welcomes a few hundred runners each year, a participant field size that enhances the race’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Punti salienti del corso
Start and finish are located at Wynne High School stadium, with plenty of parking.
Laid out along the scenic highway at the base of Crowley's Ridge overlooking expanses of Delta farmland. The course is a mix of flat and rolling terrain. The elevation at the start/finish line is 270 feet above sea level. The lowest point is 230 feet. The highest point is 350 feet. The rest of the course is very light rolling terrain.
The first mile is flat. The largest hill of the race starts at mile 1, climbs for 1/2 a mile and ends at mile 2. You won't feel it leaving, but you will on your way back.
From mile 2 to mile 5, the course is flat. At mile 5, you will turn north on Hwy 163 (Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Byway).
If you are doing the half, you will travel about a mile and a half on this road and then turn around and head back. The half turn-around is marked by two bales of hay in the middle of the road.
The rest of you will remain on this road and turn around at mile 13. This section on Hwy 163 is a beautiful 2-lane road. Crowley’s Ridge lies just west of the road and Mississippi River Delta lies to the east. This section rolls the entire way. The grade is gentle, but there is tons of 1/4 and 1/2 mile rises and falls with elevation changes of 20 to 45 ft. They don't make you huff and puff, but the course is not pancake flat.
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