- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Runners in the Little Rock Marathon and Half-Marathon were forced to take alternate routes to find their way to the finish line.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/MGmvXW) that race officials made the decision to close at least part of Sunday’s course and send runners still on the roads in a different direction due to harsh weather conditions that were moving into the area.

At 8 a.m., around 11,000 participants hit the course under damp and cold conditions, with temperatures dropping well into the 30s over the next three hours. Rain became increasingly present in the area as the morning continued.

Marathon race director Gina Pharis says severe thunderstorms became dangerous for participants, forcing the rerouting of running and walking events.

The reroute is the first in the race’s 12-year history.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com