Sunday, November 21, 2021 • Little Rock, AR • Course Map
More than 10,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors are set to trek through the downtown city streets and neighborhoods of Arkansas’ capital city at the annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which also features a 5K on Saturday.
With its large field, occasionally hilly course that takes runners across the Arkansas River and runs through both the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock and more than 20,000 spectators lining the streets to cheer the runners on, the race has become perhaps the state’s most popular road race running event.
The out-and-back course for the half-marathon race starts downtown and finishes not far from the banks of the Arkansas River, within a short drive from the Clinton Presidential Library, along Main Street.
From the starting line on La Harpe Avenue, the course winds north toward North Little Rock, taking runners along Riverfront Drive and surrounding roads for the first several miles before heading back into downtown Little Rock.
The course features longer straightaway sections of several blocks each, including along 6th Street, where runners will run past the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and continue along 6th Street before turning around and heading west toward the Macarthur Park Historic District. before heading past the Governor’s Mansion and Philander Smith College.
Once the course makes its way past Philander, runners are hitting the last couple of miles of the race, which takes them along Chester Street and La Harpe Boulevard for the finish on the riverfront.
The scheduled starting times for the race are 7:55 AM for wheelchair and hand cycle competitors, followed by the 8:00 AM start for runners and walkers — the race is open to both, provided they can finish within the 4-hour time limit.
All photos courtesy Little Rock Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Little Rock normally experiences cool, crisp (and sometimes cold) weather in the late fall, with temperatures averaging between the high 30s and the mid-60s in November. The city also sees ample rainfall, averaging nearly 5 inches of precipitation for the month.
On the day of the race (Nov. 21), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 59°F.
- 2020 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Little Rock Half Marathon Results
- 7:55 AM – wheelchair, hand crank start
- 8:00 AM – runners’ start for half marathon & full marathon
- $85 and up for the half marathon
- $105 and up for the full marathon
To sign up for the 2021 running of the Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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