53rd Annual Arkansas Marathon, Bearcat Half-Marathon, Booneville 10K Run, Mayor's 5K Walk-Run, October 9th 2021

REGISTER ONLINE

WELCOME TO THE ARKANSAS MARATHON

We invite you to come enjoy a great run in a unique Marathon. We are looking forward to seeing you in South Logan County!

ABOUT THE MARATHON

The Arkansas Marathon is one of the oldest and most unique marathons in the South. The race is not crowded, parking is easy, and the scenery is great! In fact, you may even find yourself sharing the road with deer, turkey, squirrel and the odd rabbit or two. The road course takes you along the northern boundry of the Ouachita National Forest and is an out-and-back course.

The best times for the race are:
Male: 2:26:52 on 02/05/83
Female: 2:58:34 on 03/06/82

The race also finishes in the middle of the local October Daze fall festival so your family and friends can shop, listen to music or just hang out while you run.

Register

There are 3 ways to register:

Online

Use the RaceEntry online registration process.

Paper Form

Download, fill out and mail paper registration form here.

In Person

Register in person at the BDC/SLC Chamber of Commerce at 210 E Main, Booneville AR.

At Race

You may register the morning of the race, but we cannot guarantee a shirt to runners that do so.

Volunteer

There are many ways to participate in the races even if you don't run.
To volunteer, contact the South Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Aid Station

Help keep the runners safe and healthy.

Spirit Station

Cheer the runners on and show them our community spirit.

Organizer

Help out with the various tasks that go into putting on this kind of event.

Race Day

Race Day Map

Early packet pickup
10/08 8:00AM-4:00PM
South Logan County Chamber of Commerce
210 E Main Street, Booneville

Race Day
10/09 6:00AM-6:45AM
South Logan County Chamber of Commerce
210 E Main Street, Booneville

**Please note that late arrivals may not receive division awards.**

COVID-19

At this time, the Arkansas Marathon is not required to adhere to any requirements regarding COVID-19 but for everyone's safety temperatures will be checked during packet pickup.
We just ask that all participants and spectators use common sense regarding their health and the health of others and have a fun race.

This year the marathon will feature a post-run relaxation room at the finish line sponsored by Stirling Soap and Stirling Roastery.
Runners can bring in their race number and ID and enjoy free, freshly roasted, specialty coffee, free beer and snack provided by Stirling.
Sit inside, relax and swap stories with fellow racers while you recuperate.


Timing System Change

This year we are changing to reusable chips which will no longer be attached to the bibs. In your packets there will be 2 chips pinned to your bib. Please use the provided safety pins to pin the chips to your hips on the outside layer of clothing.
The bib is yours to keep but we do ask that you drop the chips in the Tag Return bins at the finish line so they can be reused in the future.

Routes

All races are on the same route with different turn-arounds for each race.

Arkansas Marathon

Bearcat Half-Marathon

Booneville 10K

Mayor's 5K

Places To Stay

Inns/Lodges/Bed and Baths

Country Side Inn
1600 E Main
Booneville, AR 72927
(479) 675-4900
The Lodge at Mount Magazine
16878 N Highway 309
Paris, AR 72855
(479) 963-8502
Paris Inn
2010 E Walnut St
Paris, AR 72855
(479) 963-2400
Rosebriar Inn Bed and Bath
313 E Walnut St
Paris, AR 72855
(479) 254-7558
Paris Bed and Bath
114 W Short Mountain St
Paris, AR 72855
(936) 443-5211

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes but only the marathon.

Since the pandemic began we have changed to staggered starts. The marathon will begin at 7:00AM, the half at 7:10AM, the 10K at 7:20AM and the 5K at 7:30AM

No! With the exception of the start/finish area, the entire course is on an active state highway. While we do our best to keep the runners safe through signs and police presence, it is still an active highway.
Stay alert and aware of traffic and watch out for your fellow runners!!. We want everyone that starts to finish!

Yes. There is a 7 hour time limit - from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. Most of the aide stations will shut down at 1:00PM but we have a mobile aide station that will be driving the course until 2:00PM if necessary.

Walkers are allowed and even encouraged in the 5K race - keeping in mind the 7 hour time limit. We do ask that those that are walking start toward the back, behind those that are running.

All finishers will receive a nice finisher medal. Also, 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers in their age groups will receive an additional medal.
See some of the pictures on this site to get an idea.

Since all courses are "out and back" there is no need for a shuttle!
However if you'd like to freshen up before joining in at the October Daze festival, we will provide a shuttle to and from local churches that have made showers available.

© Arkansas Marathon 2021