Little Rock Marathon draws crowds, benefits businesses

The Little Rock Marathon gives an injection of new life into the city's economy.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — It is marathon weekend and runners are not the only ones gearing up for the big race.

The Little Rock Marathon brings in thousands of people from all over, meaning big business for the capital city.

"It's tremendously increased our sales for those days. It's something we look forward to,” Dugan’s Pub owner Don Dugan said.

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Dugan said he is excited the route will finally pass his shop again. The race was on a previous route the past few years.

“We’re about mile four,” he said. "It just means there's going to be people down here for us to be able to possibly be open and sell mimosas, bloody marys, have breakfast, all kinds of things."

The Meteor Cafe is also along the race route on Kavanaugh.

"This is about mile 15. And it's the beginning of a long gradual hill that everybody is worried about usually,” Rick Hood said.

Hood said he hopes this will give the coffee shop some exposure.

"We're fairly new. We just opened the café in June of last year. Some people may see it for the first time, I think it's going to be great for our store,” he said.

The shop will have a booth set up to help get runners through the race.

"We're also not only going to give them an extra boost with music and enthusiasm but also some iced coffees and some snacks we bake here,” Hood said.

Instead of cheering along with his co-workers, Hood will be running the marathon. His 45th one to be exact.

"I'm not going to PR but I'm going to enjoy myself and I can't wait to get the largest medal in the world just for finishing it,” Hood said.

For a complete list of restaurants and businesses that will be open during the race, click here.