The Little Rock Marathon will be held March 5 – 6 in downtown.
“In 2004, Runner’s World Magazine reported that we gave out the ‘world’s largest marathon finisher’s medal,” Gina Marchese Pharis, Co-Executive Director said. “For seven years we have been recognized as having one of the largest marathon finisher’s medals and we believe we can still claim the title with this year’s Mythic medal.”
“We believe our marathon finishers should take home a medal that represents their achievement,” Pharis said.
“Our race is known for its fun spirit,” Pharis said. “Athletes come from around the world to earn our medal. Only a handful of professional athletes will take home a prize. When it is all said and done, the one thing so many finishers cherish is their medal.”
The 2011 Little Rock Marathon finisher’s medal is 7 ¾ inches long and 5 inches wide. The medal features the 2011 “A Medal of Mythic Proportions” theme and weighs approximately 1 ½ pounds. The medal is showcased by a custom ribbon which features the race’s signature globe, as well as race director’s “smooch”.
“We made our marathon medal a little lighter this year so our marathoners can dance at the post race party with it on,” Pharis said. “After going 26.2 miles that extra pound and a half can get in the way of getting your groove on.”
According to Jon Scott of Maxwell Medals & Awards of Traverse City, MI, the average finisher’s medal is 2.5 inches and weighs approximately 3 ounces.
The half marathon finisher’s medal also features the 2011 race theme and is 3 ¾ inches long by 2 ½ inches wide.
Race day is Sunday, March 6. In addition to the marathon, there is a half marathon, presented by Baptist Health and a four-person relay marathon (26.2 miles divided into four segments), presented by the Heart of Arkansas.
The Little Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk, presented by Windstream Communications, is Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 a.m. The Little Rockers Kids Marathon (26.2 miles completed over an extended time frame) is at Noon. All races start at the River Market and finish at the Riverfest Amphitheatre.
Participants in all events can run, walk or do a combination of running and walking in any of the events.
Prior to race day, there is a free two-day health and fitness expo on March 4 – 5 in the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.
Online registration and mail in registration for the Little Rock Marathon and companion races will close February 25 at midnight CST and will re-open at the Health & Fitness Expo on March 4 – 5 if maximum registration limits have not been reached.
Click here to visit the marathon website.