2011 Little Rock Marathon:
Unofficially, I finished in 2:54:55, comfortably qualifying for the Boston Marathon and posting a PR nearly an hour better than my previous PR. It was great weather, and I executed my race strategy, running nearly even splits at 6:36/mile (Garmin) for the entire course.
More to follow when official results post, but it was a good day, and I am very happy with the results.
But there's no rest for the weary...I'm off to a three-year old's birthday party!
Official Results (9:00pm)
Div. 25-29: 4/97
10K: 40:31 (6:32)
Half: 1:25:07 (6:30)
Final 10K: 38:20
Finish: 2:54:49 (6:41)
It's a bit silly (and cool at the same time), but the Little Rock Marathon folks take pride in having one of the largest, if not the largest, finisher's medal in the world. The 2011 medal weighed a whopping 1.5 pounds and measured 7.75 inches long and 5 inches wide. The thing actually made my neck sore...if you have 20 seconds, check out the link below for some local media coverage of the medal "unveiling" a few weeks back.
Its a great little race (2,100 person limit for full marathon) in a very hospitable, southern city. I hope some of you take the opportunity to give it a go in the future. For purposes of full disclosure, my only connection to the race is as a three-time finisher and born and bred Arkansan. I just think Little Rock does a nice job making it a fun weekend for everyone involved.