Low-key but challenging (General Comments)|
P. B. from Saline County, AR (8/12/06)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Arkansas Marathon
While I have not run the race in many years, I occasionally run and bike on the course and have volunteered or crewed at the race in recent years. This is a low-key race with few frills, but there are aid stations every 2 to 2 1/2 miles with water, sport drink, fruit, and other foods. There are large mile marker signs at every mile.
The course is a mix of residential and scenic rural areas, with a short section through downtown Benton. There are quite a few hills, though the steeper ones are mostly fairly short. The turns in town are all marked with signs and there have been ROTC cadets helping direct traffic and the runners. Outside of town the turns are marked with multiple arrows painted on the pavement. On race day there are also signs or ribbons marking the turns. However, there have been a few runners in the past who ran right past the markings. Recently there have been improved pavement markings apparently in preparation for the upcoming race and reportedly there will be enhanced signage at the turns.
There is no pre-race meal. Check-in is on race-day only. There is food at the finish line after the race. The awards are nice and the people involved are helpful and friendly.