Misadventures with wine, weights, and running shoes.

Little Rock Marathon Pt 1

Monday, March 14, 2016
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It was a few years in the making, but I finally made it to the Little Rock Marathon. Unlike last year, the race weekend welcomed absolutely beautiful weather with cool mornings and warm afternoons. It made walking downtown Little Rock, Arkansas an absolute joy.

When we arrived downtown, we checked into the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown. (TripAdvisor review here.) The hotel was a perfect location, allowing for a short walk to the convention center and race starts. I could not have asked for a better place to stay.

The Expo:

Upon arrival, we made a direct route to packet pickup to get our 5k and marathon bibs, tshirts, and bags. The process was painless and the volunteers greeted us with a heaping helping of southern hospitality. After a long morning of travel, it was greatly appreciated.

Just beyond packet pickup, we found our friend, Sid:
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The expo was small but well attended with some incredible vendors on hand. I even got to see Sparkle Skirts up close and in person. Lucky for me they didn't have any of the items I was interested in or it could have turned into one expensive weekend. That isn't to say that my wallet was entirely safe. Hoka was there with their NEW shoe, the Clayton, and I broke down and got the glorious 6.5oz clouds of pure comfort. Damn you Hoka! I also found out that the Cifton 3 promises a return to a more open toe box and better cushioning. I need a second job.


Saturday morning meant 5k race and the Inaugural Little Rock Challenge; run either 5k or 10k and the Marathon and you get an additional medal. What can I say, medals kill brain cells. Sign me up.
I have to say, the 5k was just what I needed with an easy run around Downtown Little Rock. It made me happy to see a small town race command such a huge presence for its 5k and 10k. If I come back, I'll definitely put either the 5k or 10k on the agenda again.

Ok, one race down. One to go. Next up - the reason I went to Little Rock in the first place; a big A$$ MEDAL!

Love, Light, Kettle Bells, and Running Shoes,

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As a race ambassador, Little Rock Marathon provided me with a free entry into the Marathon, along with my packet goodies. Hotel accommodations, travel, and other expenses related to the race were paid by me and as always, the opinions are 100% my own.
1 comment on "Little Rock Marathon Pt 1"
  1. Glad to know that you had a great time at little rock marathon 5k.Its a good activity and every one should take part in this Marathon.