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The Capital City Classic 10K

2014 Grand Prix Race #7
Little Rock, AR - April 5, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Race Highlights

  • Race hosted by the Little Rock Roadrunners Club
  • Very Flat Course
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR02004DLP
  • Starts and ends at Two Rivers Park in west Little Rock.
  • State Championship 10K for 2014

Directions to the Starting Line

From I-430, take the Cantrell St exit in Little Rock and head west. Drive approximately 3 miles on Cantrell and then turn north onto Pinnacle Valley Rd. Pinnacle Valley Rd will gradually curve to the right after passing over the train tracks. Continue straight on what is now County Farm Rd for almost two miles and turn right at the entrance to Two Rivers Park.


Race History

The Capital City Classic 10K started as the Diet Pepsi 10000 meter run in 1980. Pepsi Co sponsored a national series of 10000 meter races at the time and sought out the Little Rock Roadrunners Club to administer the Little Rock edition. Marty Liquori ran 30:05 on a downtown Little Rock course for the inaugural victory while Joyce Taylor was the top female finisher in 39:58. In 1981, the race was called the Pepsi Challenge 10000 and was won by Ric Rojas (30:11) and Francie Larreau (33:31). The Little Rock Roadrunners Club continued to administer the race under the Pepsi sponsorship for the next 13 years and the race attracted thousands of runners including elites such as Bill Rodgers and Anne Audain. The Pepsi 10K was annually the largest road race in the state as well as Arkansas's biggest participatory sporting event. After the 1992 running, Pepsi dropped its sponsorship and the LRRC recruited Golden Eagle Distributors to step in as the new presenting sponsor in time for the 1993 race. Since Golden Eagle primarily distributed products for Anheuser-Busch, the race switched names to the "Bud Run 10K". This sponsorship ended after the 1997 running and though the club was able to line up new sponsorship from St Vincent's Infirmary, a permenant name was needed. After much debate and several official votes, the club decided on the name "Capital City Classic 10K." The name has stuck and the race lived on. In the past decade, the race course was moved from downtown Little Rock to Two Rivers Park on the west side of town, resulting in a nearly hill-free course.

    Course Records (since move to Two Rivers Park):
  • Male Overall: Hillary Kogo - 31:52 (2009)
  • Female Overall: Leah Thorvilson - 35:50 (2009)


Course Description

The race starts within Two Rivers Park, winding through park roads until reaching the 1 mile marker near the park entrance. The first mile is all flat. Approximately 1/3 of the way through the 2nd mile, runners will exit the park and head west on County Farm Rd on a long, straight stretch lasting 1.5 miles.

The course now turns north for a short straight stretch which takes runners past the 3 mile and 5K markers. Here the course turns right and snakes southeast along Beck Rd. After running 2/3 of a mile on Beck Rd, the 4 mile marker is reached. The runners will continue on Beck Rd until returning to County Farm Rd where the course heads due east.

This second long, straight stretch along County Farm Rd lasts nearly a mile, passing the 5 mile marker, and returns the runners to Two Rivers Park. The race has now reached its final stage.

There is less than one mile to go as runners travel back over park roads to the finish line. The final stretch of the race is flat and straight, allowing the racers full view of the finish line before hitting the six mile marker. Overall, the route is very flat with few turns, and typically moderate weather allows for fast times.



For further information, contact:
Bill Torrey, Race Director
501-231-3730
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