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3 Bridges Marathon – Saturday, December 16, at 7:00 a.m.
Two Rivers Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas – 4468 River Mountain Road, Little Rock, AR
See separate tab regarding the following Event Policies.
(Note: The following topics are listed alphabetically.)
Aid Stations, Restrooms, and Medical Support
There are 12 aid stations that average nearly every mile. There are numerous restrooms, including permanent restrooms on the River Trail and portable ones that we will place on the course. Medical personnel will be on duty at the Start/Finish and on the course. A clothing drop will be at Mile 2, where you may leave any clothing to be delivered to the finish line.
Awards will go to the top overall, masters, and grand masters and to the top three males and females in five-year age groups starting with 19 and under through 75+.
The awards ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. for the overall winners. All age group awards may be picked up at the information booth as soon as the results in that age group have been verified and finalized by the timing company. Early starters may not pick up awards until their age groups have been verified and all regular starters in their age group have finished.
The course is almost entirely on the Arkansas River Trail and is a 19-mile loop to the east and then a 7-mile loop to the west. The course crosses the Big Dam Bridge at Miles 1 and 18, the Clinton Presidential Bridge at Mile 9, and the Two Rivers Bridge at Miles 19 and 26. The course crosses the Start/Finish line going west at 19 miles. The course is mostly flat, except for the three bridges. The course is mostly paved trail. The course is USATF certified as AR13030DLP. See the Course tab for more detail.
All miles are clearly marked with signs. A trash box will be placed at every mile. Please carry your trash and dispose at the mile markers or aid stations. Mile 9 is prior to the Clinton Presidential Bridge going east. Mile 10 is on the Clinton Presidential Bridge on the return trip. Mile 18 is on the Big Dam Bridge going west. Mile 26 is on the Two Rivers Bridge.
Numbered drop bag tags will be provided at packet pickup. Make sure tags are securely fastened with the zip tie included in your race bag. We discourage placing valuables in drop bags.
The drop bag area is a U-Haul parked at the Start/Finish line area near where you will be dropped off by the 3 Bridges Marathon trolley. It will be December in Arkansas, so it could be 20 or 70 degrees and may change that much overnight. Bring plenty of warm clothes for after the race. You may retrieve your bag immediately upon finishing, get warm, and enjoy food, music, and fellowship.
An early start of 5:00 am will be allowed for those expecting to take between six and eight hours. Runners expecting to take longer than six hours are asked to take the early start option or may be removed from the course.
Indicate Early Start with your online registration. If you did not indicate so with your online registration, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject EARLY START. You may not take the early start option unless you have registered online with your normal race registration or received an email confirmation of your post-registration email request. Runners starting early without having registered to do so are subject to disqualification. Confirm at packet pickup that you are on the registered early start list.
See the Parking instructions for early starters. Note in the instructions that the first trolley pickup is at 4:30 a.m. at the Trinity Assembly of God at 11210 Cantrell Road and that 5:00 a.m. early starters are responsible for being at the starting line at 5:00 a.m. There is no parking at the bottom of River Mountain Road and runners driving down River Mountain Road are subject to disqualification and ban from future 3 Bridges Marathon events. Thus, the 4:30 a.m. trolley from Trinity Assembly of God is the only option for starting line arrival for early starters.
Early starters are eligible for awards in every age group but may not pick up their awards at the information booth until all regular starters in that age group have completed the race and the timing company has declared the results in that age group to be final.
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The registration fee for the 3 Bridges Marathon is non-refundable. See Deferral Option policy. Registration for the marathon is $85. There will be no increase in the fee until the registration cap is reached.
There is no half marathon option or other race distance.
A race shuttle will no longer be offered from area hotels.
Participants staying at local hotels may have a cab bring them to either of the race parking lots, and then ride the shuttle to the starting line. Cabs will not be allowed to deliver participants to the starting line. Instructing your cab to drive down River Mountain Road may result in disqualification and ban from future 3 Bridges events.
There will be a black information tent at the Start/Finish where you may address issues and ask questions. Shirt exchanges will be accommodated based on availability by request at the information booth on race day. Shirt exchanges will not be mailed after race day. Age group awards will be available at the information booth as each age group is verified and finalized by the timing company.
Every finisher gets a medal.
Packet pickup will be at Rock City Running in the Colony West shopping center in West Little Rock at 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road on Friday, December 15, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The phone number is (501) 313-4689. Rock City is owned by Bill Torrey, legendary Arkansas Hall of Fame runner and nine-time race director of the Little Rock Marathon. Packet pickup will also be available on race morning at the Start/Finish area from 4:30 a.m. until the last packet is claimed. We thank Rock City Running for hosting us!
Detailed Parking instructions are listed here. Do not attempt to drive down or to park on or at the bottom of River Mountain Road. This area is reserved for race officials, volunteers, and emergency vehicles. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification and ban from future 3 Bridges events.
See the Partners tab for a list of our sponsors and partner organizations. Please continue to put us in touch with potential sponsors. Check out our Facebook page for Sponsor Spotlights and please thank and patronize these businesses at every opportunity.
Race photographs will be taken by Marvin Winston and his team from Run Bike Swim Photos. Locations include the start, finish, and all three bridges. Signs will indicate upcoming photographers. We are offered free digital downloads for all 2016 runners. Photos from last year’s 3 Bridges Marathon can be ordered at www.runbikeswimphotos.com.
Post-race finish line activities will include the awards ceremony at 11:00 a.m. and food and beverages for runners, friends, and family.
Race results will be provided immediately by Mac’s Race Timing Service on your smart phone through the RunSignUp.com Results app in your app store.. Provide your bib number to your family and friends for a 13.1 mile split and instant finishing time. Full race results will be posted at www.macsrts.com or simply scan the QR code on your race bib. Race results will also be provided to MarathonGuide.
2013 Results – http://www.macsrts.com/2013/3b26overall.htm
2014 Results – http://www.macsrts.com/2014/3b26overall.htm
2015 Results – http://macsrts.com/2015/3b26overall.htm
2016 Results – http://macsrts.com/2016/3b26overall.htm
Medical personnel from Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) will be on hand at the Start/Finish and patrolling the course. Law enforcement will be on hand at the Start/Finish and at every section of the course that converges with traffic.
For the short sections of the Arkansas River Trail that converge with the roadway, runners must remain aware of vehicular traffic at all times. Runners must remain to the right side of the roadway, observe course monitors’ instruction, and proceed through intersections with caution. Race numbers should be securely pinned to the front of your clothing and visible at all times.
Strollers, rollerblades, skates, unauthorized vehicles, and pets are strictly prohibited to ensure runner safety. Pets are prohibited on the 3 Bridges Marathon trolley, except for service animals.
Shirts are long-sleeve unisex technical fabric. Select from XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL at the time of registration. Shirt sizes may be exchanged on race day at the black information tent subject to availability. Shirt exchanges will not be mailed after race day.
See the Spectators guide specially prepared for your friends and family to enjoy the day cheering for you along the course. You will not find another course on trails this beautiful that is also this accessible. The guide includes directions, descriptions, and approximate mile marks for numerous viewing areas. Your friends and family may see you many times, often twice at one stop in a short period. Better yet, have your friends and family volunteer for an early or late shift and cheer the other half of the day!
The course is almost entirely on the Arkansas River Trail system. However, in a few short stretches, roads with vehicular access converge with sections of the trail. Although we know you will be very mindful of traffic and there will be police officers at these locations, please remind your friends and family that if they drive near the course to be courteous and careful.
The race begins at 7:00 a.m. There is a 6 hour time limit for the regular start. There is an early start option at 5:00 a.m. for runners planning to take between 6 and 8 hours. See details under Early Start above. Runners expecting to take longer than six hours are asked to take the early start option or may be removed from the course.
It takes a tremendous number of volunteers to carry out a marathon. See Volunteers for clubs and organizations involved. Every major running club in central Arkansas has committed members and resources to make the 3 Bridges Marathon possible. If you would like to volunteer write email@example.com.
The marathon waiver is included with your online registration. Specifically note the Event Policies tab regarding cancellations, registration refunds, deferral option, waiting list, transfers, and inclement weather. Online signature of the waiver upon registration acknowledges your understanding and adherence to all event policies.
Thank you for complying with all runner instructions.
3 Bridges Marathon Race Team