Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.7
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.3
The White River Marathon – Run where it’s Fast, Flat & Fun! Highlights include: – Boston Qualifier ​- Awesome Pre-Race Pasta Dinner and renowned Post-Race Meal! – All races start at 7:00 am – Shoe Recycling Drive – bring your old shoes to us! – Flat Course along the White River! … MORE
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    DonnaS FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well-organized, small-town race. The medal was huge and the long sleeve technical shirt was nice. The food at the finish was phenomenal (huge selection and variety). The downhill start followed … MORE

    Well-organized, small-town race. The medal was huge and the long sleeve technical shirt was nice. The food at the finish was phenomenal (huge selection and variety). The downhill start followed by flat course helped me finish strong with a good finish time despite the fact I recently found out I’m anemic. Volunteers at aid stations were good. Zero complaints.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    42kStraley FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a low key race with a lot of perks. It's an out and back course where the out and back is run two times (once for the half) … MORE

    This is a low key race with a lot of perks. It’s an out and back course where the out and back is run two times (once for the half) along the White River. The scenery of the river is beautiful, but the wind can really circle around in the valley. After the race, showers are available and a truly awesome all you can eat pot luck is put on for the runners by the locals at no charge. Plus, they give you the best running shirts I’ve ever seen and the medals are classy.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    FLTLBrun REPEAT RUNNER '14

    The White River Marathon for Kenya is a delightful small race (less than 200 in the marathon) in Cotter, Arkansas which if you didn't know is known as "the Trout … MORE

    The White River Marathon for Kenya is a delightful small race (less than 200 in the marathon) in Cotter, Arkansas which if you didn’t know is known as “the Trout Capital of the USA”. The route follows the White River although I swear you only see if for a short time. We did the race in 2012 and enjoyed it enough to return.

    Packet pickup is held at the Cotter Middle School which is also the location of the pasta dinner, the post race food. and the start line for all three of the races (they offer a 5k, half marathon and marathon). The first 1.25 miles of the course presents the runners with a significant downhill and then things level off to almost perfectly flat. I would describe the course as a double out and back (but you never go up the hill you came down). The scenery is peaceful, the spectators are cows, you’ll pass a very small airport, some farms and an RV park which is the marathon (13.1 mile turnaround) and then the finish line. You are running on a road for the entire race. The course is well marked and aid stations are well spaced.

    Speaking of aid stations, there was a problem which was quickly corrected by race management. During the race it appeared that volunteers abandoned one of the water stops leaving water and gatorade vats on the table without cups. I heard a race participant call the RD to report the problem and within 15 minutes (my estimate) a volunteer arrived with cups and began providing support.

    I gave the course a difficulty of 3 primarily because I find flat races to be more difficult than races with slightly rolling terrain. I also gave the scenery a 3 simply because of the redundancy – it is however a very pleasant run especially if the weather is nice (which it wasn’t this year – it was cool and rainy).

    There are not many lodging choices very close by. Most of the well known chains are 10-15 miles away. If you don’t mind the pre and post race drives, they are just fine. We wanted to stay closer to the race site so we selected HIS PLACE RESORT which caters to those who love to fish. It is 7/10 of a mile from the start (all uphill) and less than 1/4 mile from the finish line. We stayed there 2 years ago and found it to be more than adequate, with a full kitchen but very itsy bitsy bathroom.

    The medal for the race is beautifully designed suncatcher. This year’s featured violet tones.

    If you enjoy smaller races without a lot of fuss this might be for you. If I didn’t have so many other races on my bucket list I’d come back again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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