40th Running of the Capital City Classic 10K
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. The Capital City Classic is an event for the whole family as there is a free Kids' Race as well
The race starts within Two Rivers Park, winding through park roads until reaching the 1 mile marker near the park entrance. The Second Mile takes runners out of the Park for a straight stretch west on County Farm Road.
The course now turns north onto Beck Road, curving back to the west to meet Pinnacle Valley Road near the halfway point of the race. Heading south for ~1/2 mile will return the runners to County Farm Road, where they will turn left to start back for the Park.
This second long, straight stretch along County Farm Rd lasts a mile and a half, one fourth of the race distance knocked out in a single flat, straight stretch. This section is great for reeling in and passing runners who went out too fast in the opening miles.
There is approximately one mile to go as runners travel back into Two Rivers Park for the race's final stage. Most of the trip back through Two Rivers is on the park's paved running trail alongside the Garden of Trees project. At the mile 6 marker, runenrs will return onto the Park's road for the Finishing Kick.
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