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Little Rock Marathon, Half-Marathon rerouted

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (March 2, 2014) – Little Rock Marathon Race Officials rerouted the 12th annual Little Rock Marathon and Half Marathon after extreme weather conditions threatened the safety of participants and spectators on Sunday. 

"Our primary focus is the safety of our participants," Little Rock Marathon Race Director Gina Pharis said.  "We have been on the course and have been working with the National Weather Service and city officials throughout the day assessing safety concerns.  Severe thunderstorms in the area have become dangerous for participants, forcing the closing of our courses and the rerouting of the remainder of today's running and walking events."  This is the first rerouting instance in the organization's 12-year history and follows their written policy on weather cancellations. 

 Race officials had posted weather alert levels that ranged from moderate to high to extreme.  The Extreme Alert Level was enacted due to extreme and dangerous conditions.  Participation was stopped and participants were routed to safety.

 Due to the rerouting of events after the start, a refund will not be given per the cancellation policy.  The Epic Post Race Party was scheduled to continue and was set to take place from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Race organizers urged attendees to consider weather conditions before making the decision to attend the party.