Plans announced for Little Rock Marathon

Registration is under way for the 11th annual Little Rock Marathon planned March 2 – 3, 2013.  The event is expected to attract more than 20,000 participants.

The Little Rock Marathon is presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation. 

Weekend events include the Little Rock Marathon, the Little Rock Half Marathon (presented by Baptist Health), the Little Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk, Little Rockers Kids Marathon (presented by Arkansas Children’s Hospital) and the Little Rock Health & Fitness Expo.

Registration for the Little Rockers Kids Marathon will open Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Little Rock Marathon offers a free training program to individuals participating in the 2013 race. Official training begins in mid-September with a "build-up" training phase, which began Aug. 6. The Little Rock Marathon Training Program, presented by KARK Channel 4, is free of charge, but registration is required.

The 2012 race (held earlier this year in March) was a success with a 13.9 percent increase in participation from 2011 and more than 18,500 individuals participating in the various training programs and races according race officials.

Registration is available online at through 11:59 PM CST Feb. 22. A mail in registration form is also available on the registration page of the website or by calling race headquarters at 501.371.4639. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by Feb. 22. 

In the past, all races have sold out, due in part to large finisher’s medals and fun race themes.  The 2013 theme is “Lucky” and race officials anticipate the race will sell out before the end of the year. 

For more information about deadline, details and the race, visit the website or contact the Little Rock Marathon office at 501.371.4639.