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Little Rock Marathon
REGISTRATION FOR LITTLE ROCK MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM
UNDERWAY IN LITTLE ROCK
Build Up Program and Official Marathon Training Begin
Sept. 1 for 26.2 Mile Race
Arkansans can began registering now for the Little Rock Marathon Training
Program, a free four-month physical conditioning program that will prepare
both beginners and experienced runners and walkers to participate in a
26.2-mile race. After completing the program, participants will be
prepared to take part in the second annual Little Rock Marathon in Little
Rock, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 7, 2004. Funds raised from the Little
Rock Marathon will benefit programs offered by Little Rock Parks and
Recreation. The Little Rock Marathon is presented by the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette and is a multi race event. In addition to the marathon,
there is a ½ marathon (13.1 miles), 4-person relay (4 individuals covering
the 26.2 mile course), Little Rockers Kids Marathon (26.2 miles over a 4 to
5 month period), and a family 5K. Participants can run or walk any of the
events. The marathon events have an eight-hour time limit.
"We had 350 people in the 2003 training program and want to double that if
we can." said Tom Singleton, volunteer training coach and marathon
"The Build Up Program or pre-marathon training will prepare a person to run
a 10K (6.2 miles). This training begins Sept. 9 and will last six weeks.
This will be followed by training for the marathon beginning Oct. 13 and
concluding on Feb. 28, 2004," said Singleton. "Interested participants
should attend the organizational meetings. The Build Up Program meeting
will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at War Memorial Fitness Center. The
Official Marathon Training Program organizational meeting will be held at
6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, also at War Memorial Fitness Center."
War Memorial Fitness Center is located at 300 South Monroe in Little Rock.
"Finishing a marathon requires remarkable determination," said Singleton.
"Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned athlete, there's a place for you
in the Little Rock Marathon. Once registered, participants will undertake
a four-month training program tailored to individual fitness levels and
their desire to run or walk the marathon."
The Little Rock Marathon Training Program has been developed by UALR Cross
Country/Track & Field Team Head Coach Kirk Elias. Overseeing the weekly
training will be Singleton and his wife Hobbit Singleton, and Fred Klinge.
Tom Singleton encourages individuals interested in starting a group outside
of Little Rock to call 501-371-4639 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration forms
for training and the marathon can be obtained at the Little Rock Marathon
office at 501-371-4770 or online at www.littlerockmarathon.com.
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