Full fields set for Lit­tle Rock Marathon

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - TROY SCHULTE

Chances to en­ter any of the races dur­ing this week­end’s Lit­tle Rock Marathon have come and gone. But those who got in be­fore all spots were sold more than two weeks ago will be run­ning on packed streets in the metropoli­tan area.

The marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 5k races slated for Satur­day and Sun­day are all sold out, and have been since Feb. 9, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Geneva Lamm said Mon­day.

That means 2,500 marathon run­ners will par­tic­i­pate on a marathon course that for the sec­ond year ends at Third and Main streets in down­town Lit­tle Rock on Sun­day, and more than 12,000 will par­tic­i­pate in the events through­out the week­end, which in­clude Satur­day’s 10k, 5k and the one-mile Lit­tle Rocker Kids Marathon.

It’s not a record num­ber of

par­tic­i­pants for the marathon that is in its 15th year, but it’s a well-re­ceived to­tal, Lamm said.

“When you hear about races all over the coun­try not sell­ing out and we’re sell­ing out, we’re very happy about that,” she said.

Cour­ses for the marathon and half- marathon re­main un­changed this year, af­ter un­der­go­ing a makeover last year.

In­stead of end­ing near the Junc­tion Bridge as it had in previous years, the race ended a year ago on Main Street. Lamm said Mon­day there was no thought to tinker with the course again af­ter such rave re­views from run­ners and spec­ta­tors.

“It’s just a re­ally nice course,” she said. “I think peo­ple were so sur­prised. I don’t know if it was the com­bi­na­tion of the roads are re­ally nice or the peo­ple out there. We just had rave re­views about it.”

The 10k and 5k cour­ses, both of which will be run Satur­day, have been ad­justed a bit, she said. The start­ing line will be at Fourth and Scott streets and the fin­ish line will be at Third and Main streets.

Lamm is hop­ing for co­op­er­a­tive weather for a con­sec­u­tive week.

“It’s Arkansas,” she said. “It’s day- to- day and it can change. It’s look­ing like it’ll be nice weather, so a nice spring day will be very, very wel­comed. But we’ll plan for ev­ery­thing as we al­ways do.”

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