Tia Stone was again the fastest female runner, crossing the line in just under three hours Sunday. It marks her third marathon win in a row.
The 39-year-old ran cross country and track at Harding University “like 20 years ago” she said, and has lived in Searcy ever since.
Stone said she had been trying to beat three hours for the past two years and said she would have been happy without the win if she made that time, which she previously missed by less than a minute. The hardest part was getting up the hill Kavanagh Boulevard and keeping up with a competitor, she said.
She said the support of her family, including a daughter who runs middle school cross country, helped keep her going.
“They know how much I’ve trained for this and practiced running on hills for the last three months,” she said.
The crowed helped too, she added.
“I love this race so much,” she said.
— Rachel Herzog
9:33 a.m.: Mueller takes first in 2018 Little Rock Marathon
A 23-year-old from St. Louis finished his first-ever marathon in Little Rock on a drizzly Sunday — and won.
Drew Mueller, who ran cross country and track for Arkansas State University, said the hardest part was the hill at mile 25, where he said he almost started walking but managed to power through.
“I’ll try not to brag too much about it,” he said with a laugh.
Mueller finished with an unofficial time of 2:32:35.
Mueller said he’s been running for 10 years and trains with a club in St. Louis. He started Sunday’s race at a conservative pace to save energy at first, he said, since he had never run more than about 22 miles.
He said the light showers helped him keep cool during the race and that he enjoyed the scenic route.
Coming in second was 31-year-old Benjamin Kopecky while 27-year-old Jeremy Provence finished in third.
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11:20 a.m. FRIDAY: Clearer skies and fair temperatures forecast for Little Rock Marathon
Marathoners in Little Rock on Sunday just might outrun the rain, forecasters say.
The morning will start out cool, about 40 degrees at sunrise, and rise into the upper 50s as the day goes on, according to Michael Brown, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.
The start time for the Little Rock Marathon and half marathon is 7 a.m.
The chance of rain before noon is about 20 percent, Brown said, but precipitation is more likely after the finish line closes at 3:30 p.m.
"I wouldn't be too surprised to see a few showers, maybe at the end of it," he added.
Runners in the 5K and 10K runs Saturday will race under clear skies, with temperatures reaching the 50s during the day, Brown said.