Overall Rating
Overall Rating (178 Reviews)
4.6
(178 Ratings)  (178 Reviews)
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3.3
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3.7
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4.7
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4.5
Named as one of Runner’s World “Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers” in 2017, come fill your bucket at the annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon. A race with personality, loads of southern hospitality, tons of caring volunteers, a running or walking … MORE
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    lindamartinez1 FIRST-TIMER '24

    I decided to do this race because of all the hype. Well the hype was real. The production is really organized. The shirt and medal are superb and I just … MORE

    I decided to do this race because of all the hype. Well the hype was real. The production is really organized. The shirt and medal are superb and I just love how we all started at the same time, no waiting around.
    I signed up and was terrified to find out about the course. I saw the elevation map and decided to add hills to my training. Still worried about the course map I decided to add 10 additional minutes to my goal time. The race has many pacers. So I decided to run with one of them and it was the best thing to do. My pacer kept me going and I guided me through the hills. When the hills were over around mile 19 I decided to take off and finished strong and I beat my goal time. Ladies do not forget to pick up your lipstick on mile 26!

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    GwenWest FIRST-TIMER '24

    This was a nice race. COMMUNICATION from the race team was good. The theme this year was dinosaurs, which I wasn't crazy about, but the production team did a nice … MORE

    This was a nice race. COMMUNICATION from the race team was good. The theme this year was dinosaurs, which I wasn’t crazy about, but the production team did a nice job setting the theme for the expo, a water stop and the after party.
    The MEDAL was very nice (though again, dinosaurs).
    The COURSE was hillier than I expected from the elevation map but wasn’t too challenging. I was surprised at how few water stops there were. There was one really big one that was decorated with the theme that was a lot of fun. There were also unofficial stops that had beer and mimosas which I thought was pretty cool. I was really glad I brought my own water.
    The WEATHER was absolutely perfect. It was upper 50s, cloudy, and a super light drizzle. Pre-race and after race are in the convention center which I’ve never had at a race before but liked it. Plenty of port-a-johns pre, after and during. It was nice to use a real bathroom in the convention center.
    The EXPO was good sized and had merch that you could buy if you forgot anything.
    AFTER PARTY was ok. They gave water away in a re-usable water bottle which I thought was nice. They had a plastic bag you could grab with a banana, and had a bunch of drinks you could grab. Pasta was the food they gave away. They did have beer you could grab in the food line but no “beer tent” where you or family could buy more. Overall a nice race. We really liked Little Rock too. It was a nice clean city, and everyone was super friendly.

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    kgladfelter FIRST-TIMER '24

    anticipated weather to approach high 70's they moved start time and cordinated this perfectly. Great attmoshere, with very enthusiastic runners. Local involvement was amazing. weather ended up perfect but glad … MORE

    anticipated weather to approach high 70’s they moved start time and cordinated this perfectly. Great attmoshere, with very enthusiastic runners. Local involvement was amazing. weather ended up perfect but glad they started at 6. Few hills made the course somewhat challenging however surprised it was only 550′ total incline. The swag including the large medal was amzing. production and support were very good. Strongly recommend running this race at least once.

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    mgavinellison1 FIRST-TIMER '24

    This race was COMPLETELY sold out in every event, and I know why. It is a very organized race! The communication is top tier, and everyone knows the medals are … MORE

    This race was COMPLETELY sold out in every event, and I know why. It is a very organized race! The communication is top tier, and everyone knows the medals are HUGE especially if you are chasing this bling. If you have not ran this race, do it. Hotels in the area are close by and are in walking distance, so you don’t get into the Marriott, do fret. Also, most of the hotel offer shuttles to and from the airport.

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    chrispstaunton FIRST-TIMER '24

    Overall, I loved this race, I thought it was really well done and the city of Little Rock did a great job of putting it together. The city of Little … MORE

    Overall, I loved this race, I thought it was really well done and the city of Little Rock did a great job of putting it together.

    The city of Little Rock has a very nice downtown area. Lots of hotels to stay at if you didn’t want to stay at the host hotel. I stayed less than half a mile from the race start. Good restaurants, the Presidential library and a few other things to do. Note: If you want to eat dinner ahead of the race at Bruno’s then get in line early! Huge line to get into the popular place on Saturday.

    Packet pickup and the fitness expo were spot on. Lots of vendors and booths to check out. Easy in and easy out for grabbing your packet. They were also giving away protein powder. As much as you could carry, some people were walking out with cases of it!

    Race day was simple and easy. Back to the expo location and thru the back door to the race start. The race was moved up to 6am from 8am due to the heat and humidity. The race crew handled that without a hitch. Emails well in advance, signs everywhere, people verbally telling you. They got the communication right!

    The race was not terribly hard. You first headed north across the Arkansas river across the bridge, loop and then back to the South shore. From there thru downtown to the East, back again, and through lots of different neighborhoods. You run past the Governor’s Mansion and a few other sites. I was hoping to go past the Capitol, but I think the Full did.

    Overall, the team put on a great race for us and made it fun and exciting. Lots of attendees and lots of crowds along the way to help pump up the running. I would definitely do this one again!

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    tsfinn23 FIRST-TIMER '24

    Very well run race - excellent logistics, especially if you stay at the host hotel. Volunteers are amazing and they do a great job on course making sure runners are … MORE

    Very well run race – excellent logistics, especially if you stay at the host hotel. Volunteers are amazing and they do a great job on course making sure runners are protected from traffic. Pockets of supporters as you would expect. The organizers were amazing in adjusting the start up to 6 am to protect us from the heat.

    The course was tough (I won’t forget you Hillcrest). Maybe it was the humidity and the hills combined – either way, I thought it was tough. Definitely not a PR course.

    The medal is as advertised and the post race food was really good.

    In all, a nice day experiencing Little Rock. I would definitely recommend,

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    carlson1128 FIRST-TIMER '24

    The music to begin and end was on point. Crowd support throughout was pretty good too. One of the churches even had run through communion available. Didn’t have a gel/goo … MORE

    The music to begin and end was on point. Crowd support throughout was pretty good too. One of the churches even had run through communion available. Didn’t have a gel/goo station but other than that the on course support was great. This would be a race that I’d do again.

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    pablopelos FIRST-TIMER '24

    Nice and cool, one water station, great crowd, orderly start, fun run, decent spectators and very friendly police officers along the route. Will most likely repeat next year. MORE

    Nice and cool, one water station, great crowd, orderly start, fun run, decent spectators and very friendly police officers along the route. Will most likely repeat next year.

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    fancypants REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I’ve done the marathon 3x and the half 1x. I do it for the medal - my favorite! Best medal out there! It’s a hilly course with great crowd support. … MORE

    I’ve done the marathon 3x and the half 1x. I do it for the medal – my favorite! Best medal out there! It’s a hilly course with great crowd support. The weather can be sleeting/snowing or sunny and 70. It’s a surprise!

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    dawgw00d REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Flat course that ran through some of the historic parts of the city. Portions of the course were not as scenic. Getting to the race from hotel was a breeze … MORE

    Flat course that ran through some of the historic parts of the city. Portions of the course were not as scenic. Getting to the race from hotel was a breeze as well as packet pickup and communication. Nice overall race.

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    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Yea, it's a great big heavy medal, but it's a well put on race through Little Rock. The central thought is that a race is best that allows everyone to … MORE

    Yea, it’s a great big heavy medal, but it’s a well put on race through Little Rock. The central thought is that a race is best that allows everyone to participate, and Little Rock really takes that to heart. Pacers for up to 8 hours, medals for those who covet the bling, and a great on and off course experience, and you have a race that is highly recommended for the first time marathoner. If you only do one marathon, Little Rock needs to be considered for that spot.

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    tsltan FIRST-TIMER '23

    I enjoyed every moment—from the marathon expo and its location to the hilly course scattered with historic sites to the interactive and entertaining aid station staff and energetic spectators. Make … MORE

    I enjoyed every moment—from the marathon expo and its location to the hilly course scattered with historic sites to the interactive and entertaining aid station staff and energetic spectators. Make sure you stay at the Little Rock Marathon which is next to the marathon start/finish line. The finisher medal is the biggest I’ve ever seen, holly molly! This is one groovy marathon and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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    This race was overall great. My performance was not the best due to a hip injury and I didn’t get to finish the full 26.2. Of course the medal was … MORE

    This race was overall great. My performance was not the best due to a hip injury and I didn’t get to finish the full 26.2. Of course the medal was amazing and heavy. Ready to try this one again.

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    runner75 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Randomly set my sights on this race last year...and registered w/o any travel plan. I knew that the race had a great reputation (beyond just the ginormous medal) and thought … MORE

    Randomly set my sights on this race last year…and registered w/o any travel plan. I knew that the race had a great reputation (beyond just the ginormous medal) and thought it’d a fun weekend trip. Overall had a great weekend…loved the expo, some great deals and everyone was very friendly.

    The city is very walkable, so easy to get around. Nice race shirt, and well, the medal…it’s fab!

    Race-day – loved having indoor access to bathrooms in the convention center, and overall just a smooth process. Lots of friendly folks in the starting corrals too. I had a basic idea of the course from the maps, and found it enjoyable. Lots of great crowd support with fans, DJs, etc. Going back over the bridge at apx. mile 7 was a little challenging (and humbling, as I heard the 1st male finisher cross the finish line, lol), but I kept plugging away. A few hills, but overall really enjoyed it. Mile 12 was great, downhill and then a smooth shot to the finish.

    And the post-finish area was well organized and then having some tables to sit and gather yourself were nice as well. So glad I went!

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    aubreynetzel REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Pros: Huge medals, beyond well run, pacers, early start (8 hour cut off!), ample water and Gu on course, support throughout, and finish line beer and pasta. Cons: You have … MORE

    Pros: Huge medals, beyond well run, pacers, early start (8 hour cut off!), ample water and Gu on course, support throughout, and finish line beer and pasta.
    Cons: You have to pay for pictures (and they’re pricey) – otherwise about as good on an event as you can hope for

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    jfickler FIRST-TIMER '23

    The race was a great time! The course was very tough, lots of rolling hills and the second half really was difficult. Mike 15-18 we're extremely rough. Mike 25 also … MORE

    The race was a great time! The course was very tough, lots of rolling hills and the second half really was difficult. Mike 15-18 we’re extremely rough. Mike 25 also had a crazy hill. Kinda boring on Mile 19-24 as its an out back.

    BUT…. the race production was excellent. The people were fantastics, the expo (though small), was well put together. The finish line was great which led you back INSIDE to the expo which was a great tough. Clearly, Little Rock looks forward to this event every year and they put on a great show. Happy to run it! Also, like everyone says, the medal was massive!

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    onepamperedgirl REPEAT RUNNER '23

    As always Little Rock knows how to bring it. The bling, the race swag, crowd support, etc. It was good to see so many returning vendors to the race expo. … MORE

    As always Little Rock knows how to bring it. The bling, the race swag, crowd support, etc. It was good to see so many returning vendors to the race expo. As always packet pick up was a breeze. I was able to purchase a few running goodies at the expo. Race morning temps were awesome! Arkansas weather is always a toss up but this whole weekend was just perfect for running. I have run the 10k twice in the past. I felt strong and completed the race in under the time goal I had for myself considering my training. One perk about it you can sign up for training emails from LR and they offer them for free! Some other races you have to pay for that perk. I plan on being back next year!

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    kuotravels FIRST-TIMER '23

    Very well run race. I loved that it started at a convention center so there was plenty of indoor bathrooms for pre and post-race and it was inside! It was … MORE

    Very well run race. I loved that it started at a convention center so there was plenty of indoor bathrooms for pre and post-race and it was inside! It was lovely to have real chairs and tables to relax at pre-race, not having to be out in the elements was a nice though (it was great weather but this could have been clutch)
    They have pacers for the marathon and since the half and full are together for the first ~11 miles it was nice to have company and steady pacing. The water stops did get a bit crowded at times and there could have been more of them along the course since it was rather warm.

    Course support was great for the half. Lots of fans and families out cheering and even handing out oranges, beer, mimosas, water, etc. It was fun!
    Overall a relatively flat course for the half.

    Post race was well organized! There were so many volunteers making sure people were ok and directing you where to go. My only complaint is I needed water closer to the finish line (it wasnt that far but I was thirsty). The post race food option was pasta with marinara sauce which I thought was kinda unusual but it was also kinda perfect. The water came in a reusable sports bottle rather than the typical single use plastic bottle so I also appreciated that.

    The medal…wow…HUGE! It actually hurt to wear it around the expo; it was so heavy.

    Overall, a great race in a nice town. On my quest to run a race in each state, I don’t like to repeat states but this was one race that I might actually consider doing again.

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '23

    So nice to feel the fun of an expo pre-pandemic style. So much fun!!! Got me in the mood. They described the course accurately, the hill being a killer. This … MORE

    So nice to feel the fun of an expo pre-pandemic style. So much fun!!! Got me in the mood. They described the course accurately, the hill being a killer. This was to be my 46th state for my 50th quest, fortunately I figured out to get myself moving to make it in the time by mile 19, before being taken off the course. I was able to complete it by the skin of my teeth. If I would’ve known how Covid in January would’ve affected my breathing I would’ve signed up for the early start and walked the majority. I’m a slow runner, but have never taken that long to finish.
    Fortunately the volunteers were so helpful and encouraging right up until the very end. I didn’t feel like they were rushing to close things down. Beads, lipstick, pins, shots all there to enjoy!!! Then the medal… well we all know the medal!
    The post race food was blah, but all I care about is the chocolate milk (which was there!!) but something pastry or bread type would’ve been nice.
    Such a great event. Little Rock sure embraces this race. I wish I could’ve performed better, but I’m just glad it is done.

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    MattyIce FIRST-TIMER '23

    First time I've traveled for a race where it felt like everyone was in town for the same reason. Definitely a big event for LR. Production was great and all … MORE

    First time I’ve traveled for a race where it felt like everyone was in town for the same reason. Definitely a big event for LR. Production was great and all the locals got into it.

    Expo was significant and swag was good. A purple running tech shirt! Nice break from standard colors. Race day was great. Only complaint is I would have loved an earlier start than 8AM. Huge throng on people under the bridge and the MC was hyping everyone up. All and all a great race experience and deserving of the fame. The hike up to Hillcrest near the middle sucked.

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