Where can I meet my runner on the course you ask? Well, there are a variety of ways being that we are a point-to-point course, but there are some exceptions. We ask that you not go anywhere in the first six miles of the course that run along Lake Chicot, except at the intersection of Lakeshore and St. Mary’s in Lake Village. You will access this point from Highway 82 by turning east (right turn if you’re coming from Greenville) at the traffic light onto St. Mary’s and taking St. Mary’s until it runs into the course on Lakeshore. There is a parking lot (red star) on the left side of the road across from St. Mary’s church. This is just past the 3 Mile point of the full marathon course (marked in yellow)
After mile six of the full marathon course there are plenty of opportunities to park along the highway until you reach the Mississippi River bridge at Mile 13. In many spots there are pullouts off the highway where you can safely park right on the route. Do be aware of runners on course as the shoulder and outside lanes are blocked off for the marathon and watch the vehicle traffic behind you if you decide to pull off and wait on your runner in one of these areas. They typically look like this.
Once you hit the bridge it is off limits to spectators due to safety reasons. We aren’t even allowed to have porto-potties or aid stations on the bridge. Once you get over the bridge around Mile 15.5 there are again plenty of places to pull over on the highway until you get to Mile 20 or so. Once the runners turn onto Bayou Rd. from Highway 82 it is off limits to spectators until the finish line area. The neighborhood roads from Mile 20 – 23 are just too narrow to safely allow non-essential vehicles back there. It is suggested that after the runner has turned off the highway, that spectators return to the start line area to see their runners finish. To avoid the race course and traffic delays it is suggested to come down Broadway and turn left on Main Street to return to the finish line area. It is a short one block walk from Main Street over to the 300 block of Washington Avenue.