One of them is the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association, which is hosting a Meet & Greet at Little Rock Professor Bowl on Saturday, March 3rd.
The event, from 11AM to 12:30, is for families that include someone with Down syndrome, as well as their friends.
It's a chance for them to get together and meet those with Down syndrome who will be running in the marathon, or have someone running in their honor.
The following three families who are running in the LR Marathon/Half Marathon & 5 K:
Heath White and daughter Paisley
White has already run the marathon before (while pushing his daughter Paisley who has Ds in a stroller), and qualified for the New York Marathon. ESPN is covering this year's run for the former Air Force pilot who's and now a special agent with the FBI. He has family in North Little Rock but lives in Florida.
White has run other marathons while pushing a stroller with 4-year-old Paisley inside, for a total of 312.7 miles. Their most recent race was in late January when they ran the Miami Marathon along with one of Paisley's classmates who also has Down syndrome. When they finish with the Little Rock Marathon on March 4th they will have accumulated 365.1 miles of races.
Maj. Seth & Robin Tolliver of North Little Rock
Seth and Robin Tolliver will also be running in the Little Rock Marathon while pushing their daughter, Presley Grace. Seth is an active duty Nurse Practitioner in the Air National Guard on Camp Robinson. His rank is Major and he currently works for a Civil Support Unit/Weapons of Mass Destruction. Robin retired from the Army National Guard as a Major two years ago when their first daughter was born. She is a Physician Assistant and spent her last five years as the Commander of the medical clinic on Camp Robinson after returning from a year long deployment in Iraq. Click here for the Tolliver's Facebook page for more about the family and their upcoming race.
Shannon Wewers of Ash Flat
Wewers will be running in the 5K part of the Little Rock Marathon in honor of her daughter, Blakely Grace. Family and friends joining Shannon in the various races are: Half Marathon Runners - Mandy Humphries, Kelly Moss and Leslie Ross, 10K Runner - Mary Medlock, 5K Runners/Walkers - Miranda Arnold, Megan Houltzhouser, Megan Haynes, Staci McHenry, Amy Nicholson, Brenda Parker, Kristen Scherm, Denise Scholz, Gale Scholz, Courtney Simpkins, Jennifer Smith, Drew Tanner, Kathy Tanner, Krystal Tanner, Elaine Vaccaro, Jennifer Vaccaro, Micah Vaccaro,and Jennifer McGahhey. Team BG will also have supporters cheering from the sidelines.