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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 4, 2018
2017: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 60°F (15°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.05
Course Score: 98.05

Race Size

2017: 2,172 Finishers
2016: 2,024 Finishers
2015: 2,333 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 3.4%
2016: 3.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**Course updated for 2018**

The Little Rock Marathon course is a fairly challenging course comprised of lots of rolling hills - especially the first 2/3rds of the race. After the large downhill after approximately mile 17, the next seven miles are relatively flat. The hills on the last 2 miles will challenge weary runners.

Marathon Rankings

The Little Rock Marathon was the 37th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 42nd largest in 2016.

Last year 3.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Little Rock Marathon the 396th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 422nd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.05 ranks it as the 306th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Arkansas.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Little Rock Marathon a PR Score of 98.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 253rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Arkansas.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 497 feet (151m)
Min Elevation: 227 feet (69m)


Recent Little Rock Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 7 Reviews
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review of 2017 Little Rock Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Awesome marathon and medal (which is my driving factor). I convinced my 2 besties to travel with me and run the 1/2.

When I met them back at the room, I was a little disappointed for them at the size of the medal. Since the promotion of the race states "half the distance, half the size" I expected the medal to be larger, yet it was closer to a quarter size....

And the spinner is tight and scrapes.


All of the race was awesome, the waterstops spaced well, the volunteers awesome....

Great race.

I didn't like the white color (medal) at all.

I love the size and shape

But the white makes it look plastic and cheap especially on my wall compared to the awesome Game On gold of 2016

And I don't like the teashirts, of either year, they are just not comfortable

But I love the race!!

Race Tips

10k day have the corral letters with opening in the gate that goes with the letter.

It was mass confusion.

We were forced to come in from back of line and could NOT get to corral.

Corral gates in marathon day were great.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2017 Little Rock Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2017 Little Rock Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Pros: Course and atmosphere!

Race Tips

Train on some hills

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay anywhere, nothing is to far and parking is easy!

review of 2016 Little Rock Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I like it all but I'm biased because it is my hometown marathon and I have run it every year. It is a challenging course with flat and hilly sections. There is good crowd support downtown and in the residential neighborhoods. The organizers Gina and Geneva always throw in some new twists and keep it fun.

Race Tips

Beware of the hills of Kavanaugh, starting early in the second half of the race. The steep downhill on North Lookout starting around the mile 16 marker can destroy you if you yield to temptation and take it too quickly.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The dining options in or near downtown LR and North Little Rock have grown extensively over the past five years so there are lots of great choices. Three Fold noodles is a nice casual place situated a few blocks from the start and finish line. We like the pizza and calzones at Vino's brewpub, 7th and Chester.

review of 2015 Little Rock Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Overall it was a great race with lots of support throughout the course and the governor even came out to high five and take pictures. The hill from mile 13 to 15.5 is pretty tough, and they bring you back down on a very steep hill. The out and back is not too exciting. It is a challenge, but very doable marathon course.

Race Tips

I stuck with a pacer that knew the course really well and would make pace adjustments for the hill sections. I would really recommend finding a good pacer.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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