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Overall Rating (171 Reviews)
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(171 Ratings)  (171 Reviews)
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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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    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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    bramms24 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Awesome race and would recommend for sure. Good sized expo that seemed to have a little of everything if you forgot something or just looking for some deals. Pre race … MORE

    Awesome race and would recommend for sure. Good sized expo that seemed to have a little of everything if you forgot something or just looking for some deals. Pre race area had a great atmosphere and lots of music Course had a couple of hills but nothing crazy and was lined with spectators more than I thought there was going to be. Only small complaint about the whole day was the water spots were a little more spread out than usual it seemed and they weren’t very big imo. Other than that, no complaints at all.

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    MarathonerMadeline REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This was the second time I ran Little Rock, but the first time I ran the marathon (did the half in 2020). Ran it with my dad who is a … MORE

    This was the second time I ran Little Rock, but the first time I ran the marathon (did the half in 2020). Ran it with my dad who is a slower runner. The only thing we were disappointed with was that they basically ran out of food if you finished from 5:50 on. All they had was potato chips and soda. Other than they, it was great weather and, of course, a great medal. The hills on the back end of the course are modest. This is where you get a lot of your elevation from. I was also impressed by the course support throughout the race. There were tons of volunteers handing out fuel. I think I counted 16 water stations in total. Would definitely recommend to a beginner marathoner.

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    titans1fan92 FIRST-TIMER '23

    I really enjoyed the Little Rock Marathon. The race is on a Sunday. The Expo was at the local convention center. It was decent size. The process was quick and … MORE

    I really enjoyed the Little Rock Marathon. The race is on a Sunday. The Expo was at the local convention center. It was decent size. The process was quick and easy. The bib came with a nice t-shirt and small little poster. Race was at 8am. We had perfect weather. Sunny and low 54 high 74. I doubt you will have crazier weather in early march outside of rain. Temperature rise it should be fine. You actually meet inside the convection center before you went outside. Only race were I ever had that. It was nice you could use indoor bathrooms. The first 7 miles you go across the river. Outside the bridge pretty flat. Nothing to interesting. Then you go across the city. You go through some really cool sites like the State Capital. Around mile 11-12 is when the half marathoners cut off from the full. However, this is when the elevation starts. Mile 13-18 is a pretty steady inclined. It is tough. So be prepared for those hills. Around mile 18 you go into this wooded area for a couple miles and it is a big downhill. So be carful on that. Mile 19-23 was my least favorite part. You basically run along side a golf course. So you have no shade. Nothing to interesting. I personally had some struggles during this time. Last 3 are nice again running through the city to the finish line witch is the same as the start line. The Volunteers on the course were amazing. There were so many aid stations. ( I think lots were unofficial). Great crowd support and aid stations. When you cross the line you go back in the convention center. That’s when you get food and this Medal. Let me tell you. This medal is huge. Its about the size of 5 regular ones. I have done 6 full and 3 half. This one is the one that stands out. Its heavy, big and so cool. Very unique. Overall a great marathon. If your trying to do 50 states. This is the one you have to do in Arkansas

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    JeremyGarrett FIRST-TIMER '22

    Overall, I was very impressed with this race and Little Rock. I especially enjoy mid-size marathons in which the race is a large draw for the city. Little Rock was … MORE

    Overall, I was very impressed with this race and Little Rock. I especially enjoy mid-size marathons in which the race is a large draw for the city. Little Rock was very welcoming for racers and I experienced nice hospitality throughout my stay. The medal is famous (legendary) for being one of the largest and it did not disappoint! The course route went by several notable/historic sites including the Arkansas Capitol, the Governor’s mansion, and Little Rock Central High School. I actually enjoyed the second half more than the first which is rare for me in marathons. The race organization was top-notch and the food and after party is one the best!

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    cperdue FIRST-TIMER '22

    I'll be honest, this race was on my bucket list just for the medal and did it ever meet my expectations. Naturally I had to do the full because the … MORE

    I’ll be honest, this race was on my bucket list just for the medal and did it ever meet my expectations. Naturally I had to do the full because the half medal is half as big and that just wouldn’t cut it. And when I say big, I mean the medal is bigger than my head and weighs about 4lbs!

    The course was good, the view was ok, pretty standard for a marathon. The weather didn’t cooperate and it was wicked humid leading me to dry heave at the finish but when does mother nature ever cooperate.

    The atmosphere was AMAZING. So many people out cheering, communion on the run and a lipstick stop at mile 26!

    If you are a medal addict like me, this race is for you!

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    pbegno FIRST-TIMER '22

    Very Well Organized, Expo had some great vendors and the Medal was Awesome! Very impressive and huge! The finish line was packed with lines of great food and drink. We … MORE

    Very Well Organized, Expo had some great vendors and the Medal was Awesome! Very impressive and huge! The finish line was packed with lines of great food and drink. We stayed at Downtown RV Park and rode our bikes to the Expo! There was a chance of rain but turned out to be a beautiful day for a run!

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    Tricia123@ FIRST-TIMER '22

    I Absolutely loved this race! Hyped from EXPO to the finish line! Great volunteers! Great entertainment! Great snacks and fuel along the course! I did the 5k on Saturday and … MORE

    I Absolutely loved this race! Hyped from EXPO to the finish line! Great volunteers! Great entertainment! Great snacks and fuel along the course! I did the 5k on Saturday and the Half on Sunday so I received 3 Great medals in all! Nice technical short sleeve shirts for each race! The weather, I’ve heard can be awful but Saturday ‘s weather for the 5k was great! It was supposed to be thunderstorms on Sunday during the half and the full, but we prayed the storms away. It was a bit humid on Sunday but no storms! I’ll take that! Just a great race! Some hills but they give my calfs a break from running a completely flat course. This is a great, exciting and fun race to do! I recommend it highly! 👌

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