Overall Rating
Overall Rating (124 Reviews)
4.6
(124 Ratings)(124 Reviews)
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3.3
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3.8
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4.6
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4.4
Named as one of Runner’s World Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers, come fill your bucket at the Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon, held annually on the first weekend in March! A race with personality, loads of southern hospitality, tons of caring … MORE
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    gsitkowski FIRST-TIMER '10

    This was my first half-marathon, actually my first running event. I was amazed at all the fan fare. There were so many people and stations along the course. It took … MORE

    This was my first half-marathon, actually my first running event. I was amazed at all the fan fare. There were so many people and stations along the course. It took me ten years to run it again but I am glad I did.

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    gsitkowski REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This race is fun. The people are friendly. The course takes you through the City of Little Rock. You run by the Clinton Library, the airport and Governor's Mansion. There … MORE

    This race is fun. The people are friendly. The course takes you through the City of Little Rock. You run by the Clinton Library, the airport and Governor’s Mansion. There are people on every corner to cheer you on and provide food and beverage. Overall a Great Experience.

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    cjmaise FIRST-TIMER '20

    Great support and a great challenging, very hilly, course. Best of all, the medal is worth every mile. Will definitely return to do this race again. MORE

    Great support and a great challenging, very hilly, course.
    Best of all, the medal is worth every mile.
    Will definitely return to do this race again.

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    lalawbest REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This is a great race. There is one long hill from about mile 14 to about 17, but most of the course is flat. Most of it is good scenery … MORE

    This is a great race. There is one long hill from about mile 14 to about 17, but most of the course is flat. Most of it is good scenery going past historic sites. I’ve run it about five times and the Governor has been out cheering us on most of those races. Only problem is the weather is very unpredictable in Little Rock. Lots of people cheering you on, good aid stations.

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    adickerson REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Awesomely huge medals. Great aid stations. People all along the course supporting and cheering you on. The finish area is nice. They announced you when you are crossing the finish … MORE

    Awesomely huge medals. Great aid stations. People all along the course supporting and cheering you on. The finish area is nice. They announced you when you are crossing the finish line. There is a bell you get to ring. A place to take your picture when you finish. Lots of goodies for you to choose from a post run drink/snack. Also downtown has thing for your family to do while waiting on you like going to the fabulous Hurts Donuts 🍩

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    LappyRunner FIRST-TIMER '20

    This race is well organized. The Chicks-In-Charge have been doing this for a long time and it shows. It may not be a big deal for many runners but for … MORE

    This race is well organized. The Chicks-In-Charge have been doing this for a long time and it shows. It may not be a big deal for many runners but for a back-of-the-pack runner like me, the toilets are well placed. This means less waiting around for over-used toilets.
    The course had lots to reveal visually in that it started downtown, offered up some beautiful neighborhoods, and passed through a pine-tree lined stretch before ending back at the convention center.
    The course is not packed with spectators but what they lack in numbers they make up for in food (way to go team grilled pineapple!!!).
    Of course, the medals are the reason so many choose this race. I enjoyed the theme and the medal lived up to it’s billing. Thank you Little Rock Marathon for a memorable race!

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    imnumber25 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The medals are awesome as always, The CIC run a great race and you can not ask for The Hobbit to be any better to take care of any needs … MORE

    The medals are awesome as always, The CIC run a great race and you can not ask for The Hobbit to be any better to take care of any needs you have during pre race and race day event. Swag store is well stocked and after race treats are great, Course support is light on the shorter races but is still readily available and can’t be beat for the distance races the next day.

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    mlegall REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Always has a fun theme and new medal, which of course is appropriately sized for a race this epic. Only race I've been to where you finish running inside a … MORE

    Always has a fun theme and new medal, which of course is appropriately sized for a race this epic. Only race I’ve been to where you finish running inside a climate controlled building. If it’s cold outside you can wait inside (a few steps from the start line) until just minutes before the race start. Great affordable city with good breweries. I recommend Lost Forty, Flyway, Diamond Bear and Rebel Kettle. Plus there is a free trolley that will take you around downtown Little Rock and give you a little history on the city!

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    mindylou FIRST-TIMER '20

    The atmosphere was fabulous. The course was really good with nothing to leave you bored. A good mix of flat with hills. Loved the community involvement throughout the entire course. … MORE

    The atmosphere was fabulous. The course was really good with nothing to leave you bored. A good mix of flat with hills. Loved the community involvement throughout the entire course. The hills were challenging but not too horrible. Will be signing up again next year. I stayed at the Marriott it was pretty expensive more than I would have liked to have paid but nice in the fact that I could leave my room and be right where I needed to be and the same when I finished. Overall GREAT experience and excited about n next year.

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    My daughter and I signed up for this race and I didn’t know what to expect. We drove from Chicago, and I must say it was totally worth it! What … MORE

    My daughter and I signed up for this race and I didn’t know what to expect. We drove from Chicago, and I must say it was totally worth it! What a great weekend. The race operations were really smooth. I did my first combo – 10K Saturday and 13.1 on Sunday. There was a large crowd, but it didn’t feel overwhelming. I walked out of my hotel 10 minutes before the race started and was in my corral and ready to go. The race had some really fun stops – an entire cycling glass greeted us at one point! I took a selfie with the Governor of Arkansas in front of his mansion at around mile 10! And the lipstick station at mile 13 was unique.

    Little Rock as a destination was great… everything was so easy to get to and very walkable – we parked our car Friday and it sat until we left Sunday afternoon. We walked and used Lime scooters to get around. The city had great food, shopping and sites!

    We are already talking about bringing friends back for next year!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I enjoyed this better than all the other years I’d done it because the weather was good! All the other years were either cold or rainy or both. This one … MORE

    I enjoyed this better than all the other years I’d done it because the weather was good! All the other years were either cold or rainy or both. This one was in the 50s and only rained for maybe 2 minutes. It was an absolutely amazing experience in good weather. They have plenty of port-a-potties and aid and drink stations on the way. There were so many people cheering us on too! I felt so happy and blessed during the race! There was an elderly hearing impaired man doing the race with a walker, as well as visually impaired runners. I say this to point out not only how encouraging these runners are, but also how good the LR marathon is at accommodating for runners/walkers with special needs. Asa Hutchinson was also out saying hi to people outside the governor’s mansion which was cool.

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    lorimodo FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was a no brainer choice for my Arkansas race. Of course I wanted that huge medal for running the marathon. I loved that they offered the early start for … MORE

    This was a no brainer choice for my Arkansas race. Of course I wanted that huge medal for running the marathon.

    I loved that they offered the early start for people who would take 6:30 or more to finish. That way we could finish in the middle instead of the end. And another great perk due to the early start, no lines at the Porta Potties at the beginning of the route.

    There were hills, but they weren’t too bad. Crowd support along the way was wonderful. Loved all the people out there. I recommend it.

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    My dad and I drove from St. Louis for this race and we were not disappointed. We did the half marathon (#8 for me). For the last couple of years … MORE

    My dad and I drove from St. Louis for this race and we were not disappointed. We did the half marathon (#8 for me). For the last couple of years it had rained during race day, but we got very lucky this year with sunshine and 65 degree temps. Every year, they have a different theme to the race and this year was 80’s themed. Everything was themed from e.g. the race expo, the medal, the bib.

    The course itself had a large out-and-back section. This was between miles 5 through 8, if I remember correctly. I personally don’t like out-and-backs, but to each their own. The race was fueled with bananas, so if you’re use to other fueling sources like gels, I suggest that you bring your own. Another thing that I thought was really cute was the L’Oreal lipstick booth right before the finish line. I definitely recommend this race to midwesterners. The bling is awesome and an overall fun experience.

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    DaisySage FIRST-TIMER '20

    Lots of race support: plenty of water/fuel stations and porta potties. Great race route! Fun expo and easy access if you stay downtown. The race medals are the ABSOLUTE best!!!!!!!!!! … MORE

    Lots of race support: plenty of water/fuel stations and porta potties.
    Great race route!
    Fun expo and easy access if you stay downtown.
    The race medals are the ABSOLUTE best!!!!!!!!!!

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    DaisySage FIRST-TIMER '20

    Lots of race support: plenty of water/fuel stations, porta potties and also, locals and businesses providing snacks and beer! Great race route! Fun expo and easy access if you stay … MORE

    Lots of race support: plenty of water/fuel stations, porta potties and also, locals and businesses providing snacks and beer!
    Great race route!
    Fun expo and easy access if you stay downtown.
    The race medals are the ABSOLUTE best!!!!!!!!!!

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    aussiemomNLR REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I've been racing in Little Rock since 2015, and every year the weather is unpredictable, at best! At worst, it's sleeting, snowing & has the potential to be called before … MORE

    I’ve been racing in Little Rock since 2015, and every year the weather is unpredictable, at best! At worst, it’s sleeting, snowing & has the potential to be called before the time limit! This year it was unseasonably perfect, even a little warm at times – in the 50s at start and ending in the 60s. The hills are unforgiving, even the downhills (see: Lookout), and the out & backs are relentless, with no end in sign it seems. But the crowd support is incomparable. I’ve raced in almost 100 difference races across 8 states, and none have had the support, the volunteers, the aid, the number of DJs, and the [wildest] assortment of donuts, mimosas, pickles, beer, candy, tater tots, communion, and grilled pineapple being passed out as fuel, as has Little Rock. At times, the miles disappear because you’re so enthralled with spectating the spectators! It’s a bucket list race for sure. Just make sure you leave plenty of weight available in your luggage for the dinner-plate-sized medal.

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    Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Expo was good, a lot of other races trying to get you to come back to Arkansas. The temp was great both days. Races started a bit later than I … MORE

    Expo was good, a lot of other races trying to get you to come back to Arkansas. The temp was great both days. Races started a bit later than I had anticipated/preferred (730 on Saturday and 8am on Sunday) so be prepared for a full race in the sun. There are quite a few hills that you should prepare for.

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    EJRunner FIRST-TIMER '20

    My all-around favorite half marathon of the 32 I've run during the past three years. Because it features: * Best overall runner experience, from packet pick-up to post-race food and … MORE

    My all-around favorite half marathon of the 32 I’ve run during the past three years. Because it features:
    * Best overall runner experience, from packet pick-up to post-race food and festivities.
    * Thorough, frequent, informative communication pre-event.
    * Energetic and helpful volunteers along the course.
    * Huge, six inch by six inch, finisher’s medal.
    * Scenic course.
    * Supportive host city.
    Totally, awesome experience.
    I’ll be back!

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    msanchez FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first time running a half and the LRM did not disappoint. All along the race there were supporters that kept you pumped up. There were plenty of … MORE

    This was my first time running a half and the LRM did not disappoint. All along the race there were supporters that kept you pumped up. There were plenty of volunteers helping at each aid station so hydrating was not a hassle. The medal has such great detail and really goes well with theme. Overall this is a race I will never forget and will be returning for years to come.

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    bdmcelr FIRST-TIMER '20

    Everything was so organized! I was super nervous since this was my first marathon but the pacers were amazing and got me across the finish line injury free! I would … MORE

    Everything was so organized! I was super nervous since this was my first marathon but the pacers were amazing and got me across the finish line injury free! I would recommend this as a first time marathon experience for any of my friends (runners and non runners). The medals are the best part of this experience as well! They are large and blingy!

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 28, 2020 at 2:17pm

    Congrats on your first marathon, Breanna!! 👏 There's nothing like the euphoria of your first finish line, and no better place for it than Little Rock. Thanks for sharing your… MORE

    Congrats on your first marathon, Breanna!! 👏 There's nothing like the euphoria of your first finish line, and no better place for it than Little Rock. Thanks for sharing your experience here on RaceRaves, and we hope you'll continue to use the site to help you find, track and review all your races. Here's hoping Little Rock is the first of many marathon finish lines to come! LESS

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