Saturday, September 30, 2023 • Jonesboro, AR • Course Map
Set for its 18th annual running through the city streets and rolling hills of the home of Arkansas State University, the Heart & Sole Half Marathon takes runners through the streets of Jonesboro for a marathon, half marathon, corporate walk, and 5K race.
Runners start the half marathon northeast of downtown Jonesboro, on the medical loop of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital on Johnson Street.
From there, runners and walkers head out on an out-and-back loop course, which after a couple of early turns takes runners on mile-long stretches along Peachtree Avenue and County Road 745.
The early miles feature gradual uphills and downhills, followed by a left turn onto Macedonia Road which brings runners into the residential neighborhoods there, where runners will make their way along the edges of Macedonia Cemetery and Sage Meadow Golf Course.
Just past mile 8, runners return to Macedonia Road and retrace their steps back to the finish line, with just a short detour going around the other side of the medical loop.
The race is open to runners as well as walkers, and both will receive official race times provided they can finish within 3 1/2 hours, organizers note. Anyone finishing after 3 1/2 hours will not receive an official race time. More than 400 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined in 2014, including 200 in the half marathon alone.
Proceeds from the race go to benefit the Cardiology Associates Foundation, which provides risk assessments for heart disease and other health screenings throughout the northeastern Arkansas region.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Arkansas’s northeastern corner, just over 130 miles northeast of Little Rock and roughly 70 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn., Jonesboro typically sees moderately warm to occasionally hot weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 33°F (in 1916) and as high as 110°F (in 1925).
On race day (Sep. 30), the average low is 58ºF and the average high is 83ºF.
- 7:00 AM – full marathon
- 7:15 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 5K
- $65 – $80 for the individual half marathon
- $80 – $95 for the full marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Heart & Sole Half Marathon, 5K or Relay, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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