Packet Pick Up

Packet Pick up and Check in will be the Day before the race, Friday Night,  from 5-8PM at Ace Bike and Fitness, 2404 N. Broadway Ave in yankton.  If you are not able to pick up on Friday, you can have someone stop in and pick up for you, just let us know in advance, or, you can check in Down at the Starting line at @ 400 Levee Street one hour before your race.  If you choose the latter, please be there early as the races will start on time and if you are in a line to check in, you may miss the start of your race.

Restrooms &Water/Aid Station Information

There are bathrooms and Porta Potties located at various points along the route for the Marathon and Half Marathon around mile marker 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 22 and at the start/finish line.   Water stations are located about every 2 miles on the course and aid station/ water Stations at mile 4, 6.5, 13.5, 15, and 19 as well as the Start/Finish line.

RACE/RUNNER PHOTO'S

Photos will be taken at different points along the race.  These photo's will be sent to Allsportcentral.com a few days after the race and will be available for viewing and purchase from Allsport Central.  The photo's will be sortable by bib number.  Please allow Allsport Central a week or two to get the photo's sorted and viewable online.

Marathon & Marathon Relay

All timing and courses close at 2pm, you are on your own to make it back to the finish line.

26.2 mile marathon starting at Riverside Park,Yankton SD and proceeding out on the trails to the scenic Lewis & Clark Lake campgrounds, around Lake Yankton and back to the Riverside Park. Places awarded to fastest times in each age group per catagory. Check riverratmarathon.com for additional info. PLEASE plan on being at the River Front about an hour before your event begins. Thank you

Relay teams are accepted, but must consist of 5 participants under one group name, no age limit, all must sign a waiver. Plaque given to teams for first and second place overall in the relay team category. Sorry, no finishing dog tags in this Category. Team members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the relay staging areas for the race. Staging areas are listed on the Marathon Map on the Route Photos/Map page.   A "Traveling Trophy" will be awarded to the fastest Co-ed team in the relay race. The Co-ed relay team of five participants must consist of a minimum of two, (2), female participants but no more than three, (3) with the remainder of the team being male.

Finishing dog tags given to all marathon and half marathon racers (excluding relay teams). Overall winner Plaque given to top Male and female in each individual event. 1st and 2nd place awarded to top two finishers in each age category.  Excludes Relay.

Approximate relay distance by "leg" in miles:
Leg One = 6.5 miles
Leg Two = 4.1 miles
Leg Three = 5.5 miles
Leg Four = 5 miles
Leg Five = 5.1 miles
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Half Marathon

  The beginning of the race is the same as years past going out towards the lake.  Instead of going to the Marina, you turn south at TJ's  for ~1/2 mile, then head back towards town, going up Chalkstone Hill, and following the remainder of the full Marathon course from 8th & West City Limits road to Williams Field then to Auld Brokaw Trail along Marne Creek, and back to the finish line.  Better scenery for the 1/2 runners.  Finishing medals for all runners in the 1/2.   For more info, check out the map.
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5K

The 5k starts at the beautiful Yankton Riverfront and proceeds across the lower deck of the Meridian Bridge, then back across the upper deck winding through Historic Dowtown Yankton, and finally crossing the finish line back where you started. Sorry, no finisher dogtags for this race. Race map under "route photos/map" link.
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Safety Tips

Drink plenty of liquids - DRINK BOTH WATER AND SPORTS DRINK. Do not drink only water. Both water and sports drinks are available at the water points. If you run/march and sweat for a long time and drink only water, you can dilute your body's electrolytes, which can lead to weakness, nausea and confusion. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, it's too late! Water points are generally 4-6 miles apart, plan accordingly! Hydration packs are recommended. Fruit provided at main water stations.

Listen to your body! See a medic if you are not feeling well.
Listen to your feet! Take care of hot spots before they turn into nasty blisters.
Use sunscreen. Sunburn can occur within 20-to-30 minutes.
Watch your step. Beware of rough terrain.
Be respectful of wildlife along the route. You may see critters native to the area, such as rabbits and snakes, deer, etc. If you see a participant who needs aid, help them. Please report injured or ill participants to race officials.
Miscellaneous
No pets or strollers are allowed on the route accompanying a participant.
CD players, boom boxes, etc., are allowed only if headphones are used.
Removal of signs or other markers is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
Running and biking routes subject to last minute change due to weather & route conditions.

Good sportsmanship is expected at all times

Survival Tips & Tactics

Training
Follow a realistic and progressive training schedule such as the one listed below, working up to 26.2 miles several weeks before a marathon. When training, wear the shoes and carry the equipment you intend to use on race day.
    -This is a rigorous and demanding event. You should be in good health to participate.
    -If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease; if you are on regular medications or if you have medication allergies, please legibly write down this information, place it in a zip lock bag and pin the bag to your race outfit. That way if you pass out on the route, the medics will have a better idea of how to care for you.
    -The temperature will be cool at the start of the day. Light, layered clothing is a good idea. We highly recommend wearing sunscreen and reapplying it several times during the race.
    -Bring and use sunscreen. Your face, neck and shoulders are especially vulnerable. Sweating will wash the sunscreen off, so reapply it frequently.
    -Those with a history of reactive airway disease or pulmonary dysfunction should consult their physician before this event. Blowing dust may, in some cases, trigger acute respiratory events. Make sure to keep any prescribed medications needed in case of such an attack with you during the race.
    -It's a good idea to wear sunglasses.
    -It is recommended that participants plan on staying the night after the race as exhaustion will increase safety risks-falling asleep while driving, cramps while driving, blisters on the feet, etc.

Eating & Drinking:
    -Avoid alcohol for 48 hours before the race.
    -Avoid caffeinated beverages for 24 hours before the race. Both alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate you.
    -Carbohydrate load at least 48 hours prior to the race.
    -Drink a lot of water the day before and the morning of the race, and drink at every water point. Sport drinks are good, as are oranges and other juicy fruits. You will lose more time due to muscle cramps and dehydration than you will lose by stopping to drink at every opportunity.

Your feet:
    -You should have at least 50 miles on your footwear before doing this race. This ensures that your gear is broken in and you will know where you will get "hot spots."
    -Carry some pre-cut moleskin pieces to fit these areas, and apply it before the "hot spot" develops.
    -Some marathoners find that knee-high nylons next to the skin under absorbent socks are effective in preventing blisters. Some recommend applying an extra-dry deodorant to your feet to reduce or prevent sweating; others recommend foot powder. Experiment during your training to see what works best for you.
    -If you get blisters, stop at an aid station and get them treated before continuing on. Believe us, it will save you time further down the trail.
    -If you come upon a disabled participant on the trail, note the location and report this information to personnel at the next water point or to a roving patrol so we can send a vehicle to retrieve them.

Injured participants will be taken to Sacred Heart Hospital either by ambulance (at your own expense) or race officials.

If you have questions regarding your health and participation in this event, consult your physician.
Sample marathon training schedule which could be used as advanced training for the River Rat Marathon.
Source - Duke City Marathon Schedule

*1½ Mile Warm Up and Warm Down       I = Interval Training       R = Rest
Phase 1: (Weeks 1-4) this phase of training assumes that you have reached the four-mile per day level. First-time marathoners should build up to this goal with at least six months of running experience. The secret to successfully completing Phase 1 is learning to run at a consistent pace that will allow you to complete the marathon.
Phase 2: (Weeks 5-8) In Phase 2 you will experience a progressive increase in the mileage, interval workout and training time.
Phase 3: (Weeks 9-12) Phase 3 leads you to a long run of 20 miles, increasing your confidence in performing long distance and increased intervals. Runs of diminishing distance in the 10 days immediately preceding the event allows you to build strength and rest for race day.
Wednesday Interval Training Schedule: Always begin with an easy mile and half jog, stretching exercises and end with a mile and a half easy jog.
Weeks 1 and 2: 4 x 440 with a 440 jog between for full recovery at 65% effort.
Weeks 3 and 4: 6 x 440 with a 440 jog between and decreasing jog time in week 4.
Weeks 5 and 6: 3 x 880 with a 440 jog between and full recover, still at 65% effort.
Weeks 7 and 8: 5 x 880 with a 440 jog between and decreased jog time in week 8 at 75% effort.
Week 9: 3 x 1320 with a 440 jog between for full recovery at 75% effort.
Week 10: 6 x 440 with a 440 jog between and decreasing jog time at 75% effort.
Week 11: Fast tempo Fartlek for 25-30 minutes. Fartlek is a Swedish word for speed play. Accelerate when you feel good, then jog easily repeat for duration of workout
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