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River Rat Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

Date April

About River Rat Marathon

Here in this southeastern corner of South Dakota, life revolves around the Missouri River that flows along the southern edge of town, so perhaps it is only fitting that this race gets its name from the waterway that brings commerce, people and goods from the rest of the country to this small Plains city.

Part of a day filled with events that include a full marathon relay and an off-road biking event in addition to the 26.2-mile, 13.1-mile and 5K races, the River Rat race follows a route that starts and finishes at Yankton’s Riverside Park, which looks across the Missouri over into Nebraska, just across the river.

Distances

5K Run/Walk

  • 5km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

10K Run

  • 10km
Start:

Yankton’s Riverside Park

Yankton,us

Highlights

Run mostly on paved surfaces, the race takes runners along some beautifully scenic stretches of Yankton’s riverwalk paths, which lie just west of the park and just south of the city’s downtown.

Overview

From there, runners in the marathon follow an out-and-back course along the first several miles of the half marathon route, which runs between Riverside Park and Lewis and Clark Lake, which lies just a few miles to the west.

Named for the famed explorers who visited Yankton back during their famous expedition in 1804, the lake also serves as the turnaround point for those running the half, where they then make the turn and head back along the exact route they’ve just run, back to Riverside Park for the marathon finish.

The only significant hills runners encounter occur at between the mile 2 and 3 markers on the way out (and the mile 10 and 11 markers on the way in), along the stretch just after runners have passed the campus of Yankton’s Mt. Marty College, along Highway 52 (West 8th Street).



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