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Rave Race: Little Rock Marathon

Arkansas’ capital serves up a springtime marathon with a big heart and a boatload of bling.


If you like your races well done and your medals supersized, head to Arkansas for a marathon tailored to your tastes. The Little Rock Marathon (, held in early March, exudes southern hospitality, from the generous cut-off time (walkers may start two hours early) to the encouraging volunteers who hand out fresh fruit along the course. Warning: Out-of-towners’ carry-on bags may be flagged for extra screening—the race medal isn’t just big, it’s dinner-plate huge.

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