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White River Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

November 23 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2024 White River Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K for Kenya will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2024, at Cotter Schools in Cotter, Arkansas.

This event boasts one of the flattest and fastest courses in the United States, offering an ideal opportunity for those aiming to set a personal record or qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course, with picturesque views along the renowned White River, guarantees a memorable experience for participants.

All races start at 7:00 am.

Beginning at a high point, the course descends a mile along the river in an out-and-back style, concluding at a lower elevation to ensure no uphill running.

Both the Marathon and the Half Marathon and 5K races begin and end at Cotter Schools, finishing at Cotter’s Big Spring Park.

The final two miles of each race include a two-mile stretch on a compacted and fine gravel pathway, with the remaining course paved in asphalt. Conveniently located aid stations are provided every two miles for participants’ support and refreshments.

Packet Pickup

  • Friday, November 22, 2024
    Packet Pickup, Pre-Race Dinner & Expo: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 23, 2024
    Race Day Packet Pickup: 5:30 am – 6:45 am
  • Location: Cotter Schools (181 Mabel St. Cotter, AR 72626)

White River Marathon Course Map


  • The marathon course is an out-and-back route, completed twice.
  • Start: Cotter School, beginning with a one-mile downhill stretch (Out 1).
  • Turn around at mile 6.8 (Back 1).
  • Turn around again at mile 12.45 (Out 2).
  • Another turn around at mile 18.2 (Back 2).
  • Finish: Big Spring Park.

White River Marathon Course Map

White River Half Marathon Course Map


  • The course follows an out-and-back configuration.
  • Start: Cotter School, with a one-mile downhill section.
  • Turn around at mile 5.97.
  • Finish: Big Spring Park.

White River Half Marathon Course Map

White River 5k for Kenya Course Map


White River 5K Course Map

Race Registration

To register, visit the official website of White River Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K for Kenya. The registration fees are as follows.

Event March 17 – May 31 June 1 – Sept 30 Oct 1 – 31 Nov 1 – Nov 21 On-site, Nov 22
Marathon $80 $90 $100 $110 $120
Half Marathon $65 $75 $85 $95 $105
5K $25 $30 $35 $40 $45


November 23
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cotter Schools, Cotter, Arkansas
181 Mabel St.
Cotter, AR 72626 United States
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Note: Race information is subject to change by the race provider, including last minute logistical changes. While we do our best to keep up to date with the latest information, we are not responsible for any missing, last minute changes or incorrect information. When in doubt, always refer to the official race website listed for the latest infomation and instructions.