The Run the Line Half Marathon is a unique opportunity to run in one half marathon in Texas and Arkansas on a USATF certified single-loop course. The race starts at W. Broad Street and Texas Blvd in downtown Texarkana, Texas, quickly moves into Arkansas, crosses back into Texas, and finishes in Texarkana, Arkansas. The course includes two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails and residential neighborhoods on city streets. The finish line is downtown at 3rd and Wood Streets in front of the Hopkins Ice House about 5 blocks from the start.
We are submitting a bid to be in the in the prestigious 2022 Arkansas Grand Prix Series. We will be notified by October 1, 2022, if we are in the series. If selected, this will be our 13th year to proudly be in the series. The Arkansas Grand Prix Series is a series of 20 races affiliated with RRCA and Arkansas running clubs throughout the state. Information about the Grand Prix series is available at www.arkrrca.com.
We are a Road Runner Club of America event member. We are also waiting to learn if we will be a qualifying race again the 2023 Natural State Running Series. The races and registration will be available at www.naturalstateruns.com.
A portion of the course is on the Texas/Arkansas State Line. The 2023 course is USATF certified (AR19015WJT). The race includes chip timing, walkers, and 2-person and 4-person relay teams.
Start: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. for all runners/walkers with starting waves based on estimated mile time. There is no early start. We will provide Pace Groups for finishing times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30. Pacer Leaders will be at the start with signs. The start is at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd which is one block west of Packet Pick Up in the Bi-State Justice Building. This is one block west of the pre-2020 start. The course closes at 11:30 a.m. For participant safety and official race timing, finish the race by 11:30 a.m.
Course & Maps: Four miles of the course are on two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails with the remainder on coned off city streets. The course does have several long inclines. Water stops and restrooms are near miles 2.3, 3.5, 5, 6.5, 8, 9.8, 11 and 12. Multiple police officers and 100+ volunteers are stationed along the course. Musical entertainers are on the course. The Course Map is posted on this site. Water stops, restrooms, and the Relay Team Exchange Point locations are also on the course map.
The 2nd Annual Arkansas Backyard Ultra Championship will take place at the Historic Big Springs Park in Cotter, Arkansas. The flat & scenic out-and-back route follows an old railroad bed along the White River and there’s a Natural Spring to re-invigorate your beaten body after the race. Food will be provided every 6 hours at the “One More Yard Cafe” and a menu will be announced prior to the event so you know what to expect. There will also be water and electrolyte coolers available throughout the race at the starting area but all other energy/food support is provided by the runner. Each runner will have room for a chair and small bag/cooler by the corral. Runner spots by the corral are not first come, first gets. Once a runner times out, or decides they will not continue, they will ceremoniously bang the massive gong announcing they’re done and remove their chair and belongings from the starting corral area; allowing other runners to move closer.
The beauty of the backyard format is that it ‘smooths’ the advantages that age, gender, and speed oftentimes play in running events and rewards to a higher degree the runner with mental toughness and grit. There will be ONE winner; everyone else gets the gong and DNF. Let’s get Arkansas on the Backyard map as a competitive destination race by putting up some big miles. As Laz often says, “It only takes two to tango”