The half and whole marathons generally sell out before race day, so if you're planning on running, register for your spot early.
The course is very walker friendly with an eight hour course limit. That is one of the longest course limits for any race I know of.
Official pre-race training begins in September. There are various registration discounts starting in August.
The Round and Back:
Round and backs are common in marathons, so it's not really a criticism of the course. It's just a really boring stretch (but you're almost done).
Places to Train:
The official Little Rock marathon training program meets weekly, and they do routes in Maumelle, around Lake Wilastein, and around the same areas as the actual course. You can see past routes on the Little Rock Road Runners site.
Hotels, Eating and Things to Do:
Some of my favorite restaurants for pre and post marathon meals are right in the River Market. Big Whiskey's has a variety of food including burgers and some pasta. Iriana's has awesome pizza (great for post-race especially). Gusano's is another pizza place. Copper Grill has great burgers and salads. Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro has an eclectic menu. For the diehards that believe in pasta before a race, Dizzy's probably has the biggest selection of pasta downtown. There's Juanita's for Mexican food and beer. Vino's has great beer and pizza too.
Past Medal Themes:
2004 - Similar medal to inaugural year
2005 - Similar medal to inaugural year
2006 - Big and Bodacious (this is when the "big finisher's medal" concept started taking off)
2007 - Male and female finisher's medals were different colors
2008 - Six in the City
2009 - It's Big (Greatest Medal on Earth)
2010 - It's a Natural
2011 - Greek theme (A medal of mythic proportions)
2012 - Celebrate (10th Anniversary Spinner Medal)
2013 - Lucky (race will be on March 2-3)