FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Rock Marathon Expects Sell Out By Valentine's Day
(LITTLE ROCK, AR – February 9, 2010) Race officials announced today the
field for the 2010 Little Rock Marathon, presented by the Arkansas Democrat
Gazette is almost at capacity with fewer than 200 registrations available
in the marathon and 400 in the half marathon, which is presented by Baptist
According to Gina Marchese Pharis, Co Executive Director of the Little Rock
Marathon, both races will fill up by the weekend based on current
The registration cap was established in 2008 to ensure a safe, quality race
experience for all participants.
The 8th running of the Little Rock Marathon and companion races will be
Sunday, March 7th in downtown Little Rock. The Little Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk,
presented by Windstream Communications and the Final Mile of the Little
Rockers Kids Marathon, presented by Arkansas Children's Hospital, Arkansas
Department of Health and Today's THV will be Saturday, March 6th in
downtown Little Rock. The Little Rock Marathon benefits Little Rock Parks &
"Each year we have had a nice increase in participation from the previous
year and we are excited that we will continue that trend," said Pharis.
"Our team works tirelessly to make sure every athlete's experience is
unforgettable. We put on a quality event; our volunteers are the epitome of
true southern hospitality; the City of Little Rock rolls out the red carpet
for our athletes, and we give the world's largest marathon finisher's
Race officials are preparing for 9,000 participants and 25,000 spectators
On line registration is available through midnight CST on February 26, 2010
or until the registration cap has been reached at
www.littlerockmarathon.com. Paper registration forms must be postmarked by
February 26, 2010, but are strongly discouraged as the race may have filled
prior to receipt of the form.
Prior to race day, there is a free two-day health and fitness expo on March
5 – 6 in the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.
Race weekend is also sponsored by Abbott Point of Care, Academy Sports
+Outdoors (presenting sponsors of the training program), Arkansas Blue
Cross & Blue Shield, Arkansas Lamination Products & Services, Arkansas Rice
Depot, arkansasrunner.com, Arvest Bank, ASICS, AT&T, Ben E. Keith Foods,
Chick-Fil-A, Coleman Dairy, Crowne Plaza Little Rock, Darragh Company,
Datamax of Arkansas, Diamond Bear, Easy Runner, Fence World, Grace
Communications, Governor's Council on Fitness, Hammer Nutrition Ltd., EMS
Innovations, Fence World, First United Methodist Church, Fiser Truck &
Tractor/Twin City Tractor & Equipment, Gatorade Sports Marketing, Go!
Running, Grace Communications, Harbor Distributing, Hatcher Agency
(presenting sponsor of the Perks Pavilion), Heart Clinic Arkansas
(presenting sponsor of the training program), Hugg & Hall, KARK Channel 4
(presenting sponsor of the training program), KURB B98.5, Little Rock
Convention & Visitors, Loreal USA, Magna 4 Printing, North Little Rock
Visitors Bureau, Olive Garden, Papa John's Pizza, Peabody Little Rock
(presenting sponsor of the Pasta Party), Pepsi Americas, Premium
Refreshment Services, Road Safe Traffic, Stellar Sun, Time Striping Inc.,
and Whole Hog Café (presenting sponsor of the Big N Bodacious Post Race
For information, visit www.littlerockmarathon.com or call 501-371-4770.