Whatever you've heard about Little Rock racing (particularly the marathon weekend), it's probably true. And it's awesome.
Yes, the weekend races have a different theme each year (this year was space -- A Race Odyssey). Yes, the marathon medal is massive. But that's only the surface. The city really shows out for the whole weekend.
This was my first time running races on back-to-back days (Little Rock Challenge). I ran the 10K on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday. The 5K/10K started behind the host hotel/expo and made its way through town. There was a water stop at about 1.5, and there was also a local brewery handing out their own hydration. Party on, Little Rock!
The 5K and 10K split not far after that water stop, and we continued on our tour in the 10K. The races came back together before the end, and the final stretch was pumping with folks cheering and music thumping.
After finishing the race, runners were moved inside to collect medals and snacks, etc. It was there that I found a runner dressed as David Bowie and snapped a photo. There was a lady dressed as a spaceship with an alien, and others dressed as aliens. In all, most people seemed to be in it for the fun.
Unfortunately, I cannot speak to the parking situation; I flew into town on Friday and stayed at the host hotel, so I didn't have to worry about that. From the race information, it seemed to be okay, but I can't say for certain. Same with transportation.
All in all, a great experience. Go be a part of it.