FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Geneva Hampton
501-371-4639 or 501-351-7730 cell
Gina Marchese Pharis
501-918-5321 or 501-351-7700 (cell)
Arkansas Governor Running as #2008 for Little Rock Marathon
(LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (February 21, 2006) - With months of marathon training
behind him, Gov. Huckabee accepted his official race number for the 2006
Little Rock Marathon during a ceremony today at Allsopp Park. Race Director
Geneva Hampton came up with the idea to surprise Gov. Huckabee with the race
number 2008. The 26.2-mile race through the streets of Little Rock will be
Sunday, March 5.
"We thought it would be fun to give him 2008 in case he decides to run for
president," said Hampton. "We were hoping that might get us a few tickets to
"People are always asking me if I'm going to run for president in 2008,"
said Huckabee, "Now I can honestly say I am running in 2008 - number 2008 in
the Little Rock Marathon."
This will be Gov. Huckabee's third marathon. He completed the Marine Corps
Marathon in Washington D.C. in October 2005 with a time of 4 hours 37
minutes and 10 seconds and he ran the Little Rock Marathon in March 2005 in
Since Gov. Huckabee lost 110 pounds, he has put healthy living in the
spotlight. His Healthy Arkansas program has partnered with the Little Rock
Marathon this year to encourage healthy habits.
"Our partnership with the Little Rock Marathon will help us send the message
of healthy living statewide. We want to encourage people to eat the right
foods, quit smoking and exercise on a regular basis. The marathon is not
only a fun event that benefits our state, it's an event that shows how
people have found better health through exercise," said Huckabee.
The Little Rock Marathon is the highlight of a weekend of events geared
toward fitness. The event is also a huge economic boost for the state,
bringing in an estimated $4 million to the local economy.
For more information on how you can take part or volunteer for the Little
Rock Marathon, call (501) 371-4770 or go to www.LittleRockMarathon.com.