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Little Rock
Little Rock Marathon
Little Rock, Arkansas
March 7, 2010

Little Rock

This page will include details of our participation in this event as they develop. This will include details of when we're getting together, flight schedules and such. In the interim, here are some general details about the race.

Health and Fitness EXPO - Packet Pickup


Statehouse Convention Center
#1 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

Friday, March 5, 2010
12 Noon to 7 pm
Saturday, March 6, 2010
10am to 6 pm

Our primary responsibility, beyond picking up our packets, is to man a booth during the expo with the other pacers. Convention Center and the Hotel

Pre- Race Events

This is where we'll put details of any pre-race family events. At this point, none have been planned.

Carbo Loading Dine-in

Pasta Party
Since we're pacing we get free admission to the official Little Rock Marathon Pasta party.

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Statehouse Convention Center

According to the marathon website we'll...

Meet participants from around the world and enjoy a hearty pasta meal prepared by the award winning chefs of the Peabody Hotel.

Served buffet style, the meal includes whole grain pasta served with a variety of sauces, green salad, specialty breads and desert.

We get to enjoy a Perks Membership, which is a VIP ticket to our race day country club! Take advantage of this offer to a little extra pampering and piece of mind on race day.

Membership includes:
Private pre-race gear check
Toilet facilities
Hand wash stations
Food & beverages (adult beverages too) Dan!!
Complimentary photo
Pre-race and post race massage
Covered pavilion
Personal cheerleaders to calm your nerves prior to race start
Attention to your every need! (I hardly know where to begin with my 'every need!')

Race Start


Race Start: 8:00 AM (well AFTER dawn)

Pre-Race staging will be at the Epcot "Wonder" parking lot. Buses and the Monorail will be available from the various Disney resort hotels. The race management says that you must be on the Bus and/or Monorail by 4:00 AM to be on time for the start.

There are two waves, Red for faster racers and Blue for slower ones. They follow different tracks for the first three miles before converging.

Dan should be in Corral "A" or "B" depending on what he told them when he registered. Stephen will be in Corral "E". By a curious twist, Stephen's chances of seeing an elite racer is actually better than Dan's.

"Expect at least a 20 minute walk from the Start Zone to your corral."

Starting Line

The Race Itself

The Little Rock Marathon Course is described as relatively hilly. Running great Bill Rodgers once said "any marathon worth its salt has a few hills. Little Rock is a little salty." The largest hill is found early in the race with a number of smaller hills throughout. In 2008 The Little Rock Marathon moved the Start/Finish area from the Arkansas State Capital to Riverfront Park. The course shifted just slightly, but was sure to keep all of the old familiar hills...

The elevation change for the entire course is as follows:
Start = 270 feet (82 m) above sea level
Finish = 260 feet (79 m) above sea level
Highest point = 519 feet (158 m) above sea level
Lowest point = 246 feet (75 m) above sea level


Landmarks along the course include the Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock River Market District, the Clinton Presidential Center, Governor's Mansion, MacArthur Birthplace/Military Museum, and Historic Little Rock Central High School.

Elevation Graph
Water and lemon-lime flavor Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available at 14 stations along the marathon course. We'll see two of the stations twice in mile 18 to 22 range.

Hammergel will be handed out at "various places along the course." Perhaps even more than two.

Race Finish

After completing the race, our chips are removed and we are given our medals. They request that we move expeditiously toward the refreshment tent, the bag pick-up area and the family reunion area.

Although I haven't found anything that says so explicitly, its a pretty good bet these are all held north of the Epcot sphere near the parking area.

Parking and Finish Area

Little Rock Marathon Medals