Marathon Co-chair Brian Ott

The Mississippi River Marathon, a premier two-state race and certified Boston Qualifier, promises to be bigger and better in 2014 as the number of entrants and purse sizes increase.

After a very successful inaugural race that attracted nearly 1,300 runners from 37 states and three countries, Mississippi River Marathon organizers are ready to expand to 2,000 total runners for the full and half marathon.

The 2014 race will also include more prize money and two community runs.

The Mississippi River Marathon will award a total of $3,000 in prize money to the top five male and female full marathon finishers. Money will be awarded as follows: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $300, 4th place: $200, 5th place: $100. In addition,any male or female runner who breaks the course record for the full marathon will receive a cash bonus of $500.

Two community runs – one in Lake Village and one in Greenville – have been added this year to encourage people of all ages to walk, jog or run one mile. Organizers believe the one mile Community Run is an excellent opportunity to allow community members the opportunity to participate in the Marathon, but without running the long distance.

Interested runners can register online or through mail, with more information available online..

Race Committee Co-Chairman Brian Ott said 500 volunteers are needed to make this year’s race a success. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up online.

In 2013, the Inaugural Mississippi River Marathon attracted 1,300 participants, including elite runners, more than 400 volunteers and more than 1,000 spectators.

With an overall estimated economic impact of $500,000, the Mississippi River Marathon is a driving force for economic development in Delta.

Proceeds from the Mississippi River Marathon will benefit Teach For America in Arkansas and Mississippi and its partnerships with local school districts in the two states.