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Overall Rating (33 Reviews)
4.2
(33 Ratings)(33 Reviews)
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The Little Rock Marathon and companion races are a running and walking tour of Arkansas’ capital city. When asked if there are hills in Little Rock, we love to affectionately say “What Hills? It depends on your perspective.” There are some bumps in the road, but life is full of … MORE
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    usamhall REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I was still recovering from my ankle injury. I was excited to run the entire race. It seems it always rains during this race. Was happy to finish. Their expo, … MORE

    I was still recovering from my ankle injury. I was excited to run the entire race. It seems it always rains during this race. Was happy to finish. Their expo, administration, and swag are first rate. Watch for the long hill on the second part.

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    Carebear10378 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran Little Rock for the Medal and it didn't disappoint!! I did the combo of 5k and marathon and had a blast at each race. The expo was very … MORE

    I ran Little Rock for the Medal and it didn’t disappoint!! I did the combo of 5k and marathon and had a blast at each race. The expo was very small and easy to get into. It didn’t have a lot of options but being from out of town I appreciated the ease to get in better.
    The race start for both races were smooth and not confusing. I had easy access to the bathrooms for both races which is always a plus! Both were smaller starting corrals and all the people an volunteers were so nice. The course was pretty and had a few challenging parts. I even enjoyed the big hill at the end! You feel like a complete badass once you conquer that! The only part I was not a fan of was the out and back portion there was not enough water at the back section. I am sure the logistics of setting up a water station there is why it was like that. It would be great if the volunteers give you a heads up before passing them. Overall it was a great smooth race and the MEDAL is to die for!

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    Jennipool REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This racing family is terrific. With weekly runs in my town, I got to know some more experienced runners who helped me grow. ALR also has the best and biggest … MORE

    This racing family is terrific. With weekly runs in my town, I got to know some more experienced runners who helped me grow. ALR also has the best and biggest medals! This year it flowed in the dark!

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    plb25 FIRST-TIMER '15

    My main motivation for running this race was the medal, which did not disappoint! The weather was horrible when I ran this race, but other than that it was great! … MORE

    My main motivation for running this race was the medal, which did not disappoint! The weather was horrible when I ran this race, but other than that it was great! The course was pretty flat and the course support was good.

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    janajill FIRST-TIMER '17

    Little Rock has the world's best medals, the most energetic staff, and great Southern hospitality. The course is an unguided historic tour of the city. Have participated in Kids Marathon … MORE

    Little Rock has the world’s best medals, the most energetic staff, and great Southern hospitality. The course is an unguided historic tour of the city. Have participated in Kids Marathon 10 times, 5K 3 times, and half 1 time. Volunteered twice. SO worth it!

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '19

    All around, Little Rock Marathon is a great race. Marathon number seven for me. I'm always on the hunt for awesome bling and I came across the Little Rock Marathon. … MORE

    All around, Little Rock Marathon is a great race. Marathon number seven for me. I’m always on the hunt for awesome bling and I came across the Little Rock Marathon. This race is known for it’s over-sized marathon medals. This year, the medal measures 8.5 inches and weighs in at 3 lbs. The medal is definitely worth the travel time to fly there for a weekend of racing. A 5k and 10k is offered on Saturday. If you do either the half or full marathon on Sunday, you earn a “combo medal” with the Saturday race. This race is very well organized.There were enough pre-race emails to keep you up to date and they provided all the race details. The expo was large and had a good variety of vendors selling items that we “needed”. Bib p/u was straight forward and easy.
    The marathon travels through the capital city of Arkansas. That’s Little Rock. There are plenty of historic sites through out the course. Sites to be seen are the Clinton Presidential Library, Central High School, The LR Capital building, and a few more.There were plenty of aid station on course. The volunteers were great. This race offers a seven hour time limit and there is also an early start at 6am for those that will take longer than 6.5 hours. I did the regular start a 8am, but there were hundreds that did the early start. I finished in a little over six hours. This was my slowest marathon due mostly to the two hours of pouring rain, some light snow, wind, and the temperature not getting above 35′. Of course, this is no fault of the race organizers. It was still a great race. If you are looking for a well organized race from top to bottom, check out the Little Rock race weekend. I’m glad we flew in. Of course, don’t forget the over-sized bling!

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was by far my toughest and worst marathon but none of the reasons had anything to do with the event itself. I ran this race just 2 weeks after … MORE

    This was by far my toughest and worst marathon but none of the reasons had anything to do with the event itself. I ran this race just 2 weeks after being diagnosed with the flu and really felt like I didn’t have enough time to recover properly. And then the weather didn’t do any of the runners any favors!
    The city of Little Rock absolutely goes all out for runners the weekend of the marathon. There are tons of signs around downtown and in front of restaurants and bars welcoming runners to the city. That’s always a great thing to see when you’re away from home.
    The expo was well done although a little smaller than I expected. I think the race organizers do such a good job of hyping up the race that it’s easy to forget that the actual race itself is pretty small in terms of number of runners. But, they had plenty of merchandise and good vendors to visit with so no complaints.
    The day of the race the weather did exactly what was forecast, very cold with off and on rain for the first 2 hours which shifted over to sleet and snow for about another hour and then came the north wind blowing from 10 to 20mph. Since this was according to forecast, most of the runners were dressed appropriately, but there is no way to not be cold when you’re wet and the wind chill drops into the 20’s. None of this is the fault of the race directors, of course, and there was actually fairly good crowd support in spite of the weather.
    The course itself hits a lot of Little Rock highlights. It goes directly in front of Little Rock Central High School, the state capitol building, and the governor’s mansion. The back half of the marathon goes through some sketchy areas and there is a long out and back along a bike path that is a little boring but there’s no way the entire course could be perfect.
    I will say this course is the toughest that I have done so far. The hills are steep and long and come one after the other. In the early sections there is usually a nice downhill to get some recovery but the later hills don’t go back down much at all. As noted by other reviewers there is a rough hill between 24 and 25 that is not a welcome sight at that point in the race.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 16, 2019 at 7:48pm

    Well done, Scott! I thought the cold rain of Tokyo made for a tough day, and I was fully healthy for that one. Not to mention it was flat! I can only imagine what those last 8 miles must have felt like, as visions of dry socks and hot tubs danced in your head. I was in Little Rock in December and able to get a good feel for the city, and this sounds like it definitely hit most of the highlights. Hope you're recovering well, and congrats on adding Arkansas to your 50 States Map. And thanks for another awesome review!

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved the race! I didn't expect to, because I was worried about the hills, and the rain. BUT it only rained for about an hour, and I ran with … MORE

    I loved the race! I didn’t expect to, because I was worried about the hills, and the rain. BUT it only rained for about an hour, and I ran with pacers who were AMAZING. In thinking, why didn’t I run with pacers before, I realized no other race has had a 5:45 pace group–and that’s my typical finish time, although I usually start too fast and end up in a real negative place toward the mile 18 mark.

    So, what ‘s great:
    * Little Rock itself, if you stay by the start/finish/expo, has plentiful fun restaurants and is very walkable.
    * The DJs along the course, the bands, including a steel drum band, were plentiful and played high-energy songs.
    * There were at least 5 places where I was offered beer, liquor, or mimosas–with enthusiastic cheerers
    * There were numerous non-official places where people were offering mini-candies, jolly ranchers, etc. Again–enthusiastic spectators!
    * The hills were honestly not as bad as I had built them up in my mind. The pacers were so great–one was cracking jokes and the other was cheerful (I’m really proud of how strong we are up this hill!) They were locals and very familiar with the course.
    * The out-and-back along the river is nice and flat, and my pacers were high-fiving all the other pace groups we saw. Lots of positivity!
    * I can’t express enough how much fun, good music there was–more than Rock and Roll New Orleans (which I ran 3 weeks ago and was mostly techno in the 2nd half). Ran w/o headphones and didn’t miss them at all.
    * I did not carry water and there were plentiful stations on the course.
    * The medal is garish and huge, but you know that already!! Represents the big heart of the race staff and the townspeople. The race welcomes all runners (and walkers) and celebrates them for 26 miles!

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    jstu417 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Rain and hail! Hilly second half course, ok views, back and forth over interstate bridges. Very nice having convention center start, was able to stay inside and warm up until … MORE

    Rain and hail! Hilly second half course, ok views, back and forth over interstate bridges. Very nice having convention center start, was able to stay inside and warm up until 5 min before start!

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '19

    First race out of my state. I ran the 5k. There is also a 10k that runs Saturday. The theme for this year’s marathon weekend is A Space Odyssey. The … MORE

    First race out of my state.
    I ran the 5k. There is also a 10k that runs Saturday. The theme for this year’s marathon weekend is A Space Odyssey. The race is very well organized and run. The Expo is large and had a great selection of vendors selling their item. All racers received a gender specific tech tee that is white.
    The race starts on LaHarpe behind the Marriot and Convention Center. The course is a big loop with 127 ft of elevation. At the finish, the announcer calls the finishers name. It’s nice considering how big the race is. There were plenty of course monitors and aid station volunteers. Aid stations had water and Gatorade.
    The race had great vibe.
    The finisher’s medal are race specific and very well done. The Little Rock race weekend is a definite must.

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    cassidymegan3 FIRST-TIMER '12

    This was nearly 7 years ago but - until I ran Indianapolis in 2018 - this was my favorite Marathon in the USA. This was my 4th Marathon and my … MORE

    This was nearly 7 years ago but – until I ran Indianapolis in 2018 – this was my favorite Marathon in the USA. This was my 4th Marathon and my first out-of-state marathon, too. The weather was beautiful that day – it was probably in the high 30s (ºF) at the start. There was no wind and not a cloud in the sky. I didn’t know what time the race started, but they said that bag-drop opened at 5:30am so I went at that time. They had “early start” at 6:00am (which I did not sign up for but took advantage of anyway because I could already feel my pre-race was not enough to keep me going. They said that it was for anyone anticipating a finish time greater than 6 hours.)
    The course was gorgeous. Who knew that Arkansas was a pretty place? I remember a race-walker who was next to me for a lot of the race warned me around mile 17 that there was a “downhill” coming up — it was more like a “tuck and roll”. I wondered how elite runners could make it done this thing and have knee-caps to finish the race.
    At mile 20, I was at the 4-hour mark and I started walking. My race-walk guy asked me if I was OK and I told him, “yeah, but I started with the early group and I don’t want to be disc qualified or something because I took less than 6 hours.” He told me that that wouldn’t happen – they just wouldn’t let me use my time to qualify for another race if I took less than 6 hours. I was there for the medal, so I took off after that. L’Oréal was one of the sponsors and had a little make-up table at mile 26 so ladies (or men, too, I guess if they wanted to) could freshen up before the finish line photo. Nothing short of a change of clothes, a shower, and a hairbrush was gonna improve the mess that I had going on, so I skipped the table and finished my race. I looked like a total ragamuffin after shedding all of my layers and I didn’t care – I was doing this one for the medal and it did not disappoint.
    I told my friends that if they ever wanted to do this one, I would go back. I enjoyed this.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The participants are all so wonderful and willing g to offer worlds of encouragement anytime needed. People walking are treated just like the sprinters. Great community support and a beautiful … MORE

    The participants are all so wonderful and willing g to offer worlds of encouragement anytime needed. People walking are treated just like the sprinters. Great community support and a beautiful historic course. Great for all levels.

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    This is a must do! Wonderful course, great swag, and well supported. The best medals ever! Enjoyed the free makeup and lipstick at the end. The after party is full … MORE

    This is a must do! Wonderful course, great swag, and well supported. The best medals ever! Enjoyed the free makeup and lipstick at the end. The after party is full of goodies.

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    jamielkramer FIRST-TIMER '18

    I had a blast running this race! There were plenty of official aid stations, but also a TON of spectators that also had food, music, drinks, fireball, beer, mimosas, pickle … MORE

    I had a blast running this race! There were plenty of official aid stations, but also a TON of spectators that also had food, music, drinks, fireball, beer, mimosas, pickle juice, and plenty of encouragement and enthusiasm! This was so much fun! Also, there was a lipstick station at the end of the race where you could apply lipstick for your finisher photo.

    I ran with the 4:30 pacers, and they were both SO awesome and positive. They were very inclusive, told lots of funny/inspiring stories, and made the miles fly by. I departed them at mile 20, but they were really the best part of this race for me. Thanks Ron and Dale!

    I definitely wouldn’t call this a flat course, but the hills weren’t steep- more rolling, and were not a problem. And the 4:30 pacers did 30 seconds running, 30 seconds walking up some of them, which helped a lot. We went by the capital, Central High, the statues commemorating the Little Rock Nine, and some neat neighborhoods. Overall, I thought it was a good tour of Little Rock- I found it scenic and interesting.

    Organization of registration, packet pickup, starting and finish line were all very smooth. No problems finding bathrooms either. I also enjoyed the race promotion by the CIC’s (Chicks-In-Charge)- I thought they really helped build up the event in advance, and did not disappoint on the day of!

    The only things I could of that would have improved the race is to spread out the aid stations that give out GU. There were four of them, and it seemed like they were from miles 19-25, and this didn’t make sense to me. Not a huge deal since so many spectators had food too, but I’m curious as to why. The only other thing is that I wanted to buy an everyday cotton shirt to commemorate the experience, but could only find very bright tech shirts for sale. Again, not a big deal.

    Overall, I definitely recommend this race!

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    jfoster84 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first time running this race. Love the huge metal! It was a week after I ran Cowtown, so I didn't expect to do well but I finished … MORE

    This was my first time running this race. Love the huge metal! It was a week after I ran Cowtown, so I didn’t expect to do well but I finished in the time that I wanted. Loved the pace group, they were entertaining and helpful and made sure you finished in your time. Love the support from volunteers and spectators. Super hilly and hard! I don’t have any hills in my area that could ever prepare me for this run! My only complaint is that you have to pay for your finishers shirt but I have only ran one other marathon and that is Cowtown and it was included in your registration so buying your finishers shirt maybe the norm and Cowtown may be the exception. Over all loved the race!! I did the combo run and loved the 5k the day before too.

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    dalebassplayer FIRST-TIMER '18

    The 2018 theme was "What is your Quest?" which is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As a huge fan of the movie, this was the year … MORE

    The 2018 theme was “What is your Quest?” which is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As a huge fan of the movie, this was the year that I just HAD to do Little Rock! I was on the pacing team so I spent most of my expo time in the pacer booth, but there were lots of vendors and fun photo ops. As a pacer we were also given free access to the VIP area on race day. The VIP area had lots of food pre and post race, but the best things were separate gear check and toilets and tables where you could sit and hang out. The race itself seemed quite well organized. The main hilly section was in miles 16-18. The long out and back (18.5-23.5) was mentally and physically challenging. I really wish there had been another aid stop around mile 20. The stretch from 24-end had 2 more hills that were a little tough because of where they fell in the race. Overall good experience and a medal that IS worth writing home about!

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    robrien0215 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants. Packet pick up on Friday was … MORE

    The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants.
    Packet pick up on Friday was a breeze. Expo had a ton of vendors and volunteers helping to move the line along. I registered for the challenge so I received 2 different tech shirts. There wasn’t much else in the way of swag though.
    I stayed downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn-it was way cheaper than the host hotels and a 3 minute walk to the start line.
    I ran the 5k on Saturday-gorgeous weather and race was smooth. Generally large races do not start on time but this one-they ensured to have everyone lined up prior so it was a prompt 7:30 start.
    The half marathon on Sunday-again a smooth experience. Unfortunately it rained buckets the entire time! The end of the race routes you into the convention center where they present your medal and a foil blanket to help warm you up. Note this race does not run past the Capital or City High which are some of the huge Little Rock attractions. I was disappointed as they were not terribly far from where we were.
    On the course, there were several local businesses that supported the mile so you were able to have beer tastings, mimosas, food etc all on the course.
    The finish had a great flow where you were able to get your photo taken (thumbs up they brought the medals from the day before so you could get your pic taken with all 3 for the challenge). They had great food such as pasta, endless beverages, yogurts etc. They actually hand you a bag while in line so you can grab whatever you wanted.
    The medals are really nice-the marathon one is huge!
    Overall, great race-really well put together.

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    Evwatkins REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I ran this race two years in a row as a pacer. First off: I am not a fan of big blingy party races. (Only ran to check off the … MORE

    I ran this race two years in a row as a pacer. First off: I am not a fan of big blingy party races. (Only ran to check off the state and to visit family in the area). This race is over the top if you like the party race scene.
    COURSE: Forgettable. There’s a long out/back along the park that is nice, but nothing to write home about. They do offer a good amount of food/drinks at aid stations. One year it was freezing cold-they had hot chicken broth. That was nice.
    SWAG: Ridiculous. If all you care about is getting the biggest/gaudiest/shiniest medal, then this is the race for you.
    If you enjoy feeling like just a number – go for it. If you want to enjoy a more personalized, scenic race, choose something else.

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Nice town. Big city feel, but not overcrowded. Largest Half Marathon medal I've ever seen. You will have a good shot at a PR on this course. MORE

    Nice town. Big city feel, but not overcrowded. Largest Half Marathon medal I’ve ever seen. You will have a good shot at a PR on this course.

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '17

    After years of seeing the ridiculous race bling I had to sign up. I heard many wonderful things about this race. The race was fine with a good indoor brunch … MORE

    After years of seeing the ridiculous race bling I had to sign up. I heard many wonderful things about this race. The race was fine with a good indoor brunch post-race. I will say that 2017 was a very wet year so my experience might have been worse than most years. The bling was huge, the theme was fun, but I was not a fan of the race shirt. The shirts at the expo were adorable…what’s with that?

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