With early registration up 25 percent from last year’s race, Little Rock Marathon officials are expecting nearly 5,000 participants in the event on Sunday, March 6, beginning at 7:50 a.m.
This year, the marathon adds North Little Rock’s historic neighborhood to its 26.2-mile route. The top winners will vie for $17,000 in cash prizes.
As of three weeks ago, the marathon had received entries from runners in 43 states and six countries, according to race chairman Greg Hatcher, with more than 32 percent of the field coming from out of state. Hatcher credited a recent article in Runner’s World that named this event as one of the best marathons in the country.
The cost to enter the marathon is $85; the half-marathon is $65. The relay marathon is $55 per person, the family fun 5K is $35 and the Little Rockers Kids Marathon is $15. Registration is available at the event’s Health and Fitness Show/Expo on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, at Robinson Center Exhibit Hall, 426 W. Markham. There will be no online or race-day registration.
The weekend Health and Fitness Show/Expo is free. All participants must pick up their race number, timing chip, T-shirt and goodie bags there. Visitors will find more than 60 exhibitors with the latest in health and nutrition products, running gear and more. Expo hours are Friday from noon till 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The marathon finishes at Capitol and Victory near the state Capitol, and the awards ceremony will begin at noon on the grounds of the Capitol. All registered race participants and volunteers will receive a free ticket to the post-race concert Sunday night at the Historic Arkansas Museum, featuring the Greasy Greens.
For a complete schedule of events, a race map and other information, visit www.littlerockmarathon.com on the web or call 371-4770. The event is sponsored by the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, and funds raised support park programs.
Chanticleer in Conway
The University of Central Arkansas’s Public Appearances program brings in the Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer, a 12-man vocal ensemble, on Tuesday, March 8, to Reynolds Performance Hall.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for non-UCA students and free to UCA students, faculty and staff.
Chanticleer’s repertoire is wide ranging, from folk to jazz to gospel to classical. New Yorker magazine has called Chanticleer “the world’s reigning male chorus,” and the Los Angeles Times has praised the group for its “luxurious perfection.” The group will perform more than 75 shows in 28 states on its current tour of the U.S. This show is titled “Women, Saintly and Otherwise,” and is a tribute to “woman as ruler, composer, muse and creator.”
Call 866-810-0012. More information on Chanticleer is available at www.chanticleer.org.
One of the largest golf events ever in Arkansas is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Statehouse Convention Center. The Natural State Golf Expo, presented by South Central Golf, will feature exhibits from local and regional golf courses, travel destinations, free instruction, contests, giveaways and apparel and equipment for sale. Representatives from the leading equipment manufacturers will also be on hand.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, with discount coupons available at local Arby’s restaurants. Seniors can obtain two-for-one tickets Friday. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Shakespeare in Beebe
Arkansas State University-Beebe will present its 40th annual Arkansas Shakespeare Festival featuring a production of “Macbeth” Saturday through Tuesday, March 5-8, at the Owen Center Theater. The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest continuous educational Shakespeare festivals in America, having presented more than 300 performances. ASU-Beebe students, high school students and community members ranging in age from 15 to 50 will participate in the production. Showtimes for the general public are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. (Public school students are invited to shows at 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.) Tickets are $2.50 for general admission and $1 for seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Call 882-8325.
Hollywood in pictures
Arkansas resident and Hollywood photographer Ron Phillips will present “Pictures of the Stars,” a free lecture at the Cox Creative Center in the River Market District on Tuesday, March 8, beginning at noon. Phillips will discuss his work on still photography and movie posters. Phillips worked as a photographer on numerous motion picture projects for Sony Classics, Touchstone Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount, HBO, Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios. Some of his projects include “Ladder 49,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Grumpy Old Men” and “Urban Cowboy.” He also studied with Ansel Adams.
Bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided. With limited seating available, reserve a spot by calling 918-3032.
Art in the Market
The seventh annual Art in the Market begins Friday, March 4, and runs through Sept. 2, in the River Market’s ARKLA Tower Plaza.
The event is each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features arts, crafts, and commercial vendors selling their wares in the open air plaza. Art at the Market products include paintings, woodworking, jewelry, candles, handmade clothing, pottery, crafts, stained glass and more. Admission is free.
Raising the roof
Last week in Little Rock, it was the annual Flower and Garden Show. This week, at North Little Rock’s Alltel Arena, the focus is on the home. Central Arkansas’s largest show of its kind, the annual Home Show, showcases the latest products and the future in home building, interior design and landscaping. Hundreds of home products are showcased in the event, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Admission is $7 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. Call 758-3646.