(Little Rock, Ark.) – Little Rock Marathon Events, a project of the Little Rock Marathon, will host its fourth annual events summit on May 17 at the Bill & Margaret Clark Room, located on the third floor of Ottenheimer Hall in the River Market District.

Registration is $75, and is open to any events producer, facility manager, or public safety official.

Participants can register at littlerockmarathon.com/event-security-summit/

Little Rock Marathon Race Director Mike Garrity said the goal for the Summit is to help create and facilitate best practices and a network of support among organizations in Central Arkansas who plan major events.

“The Marathon is incredibly fortunate to have the partnerships we do with local law enforcement and other agencies around Central Arkansas,” Garrity said. “Now we have the opportunity to share some of those best practices with others in the state to hopefully help make their events as smooth as possible.”

Michael Nishi, the Chief Operating Officer for Chicago Event Management, will headline this year’s Summit. Since 1990, Nishi has served as General Manager for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. With his extensive operational knowledge, Nishi was integral in guiding a local road race of 6,000 runners to a world-class event that saw over 45,700 marathon finishers in 2019.

In addition to Nishi, the Summit will feature presentations on medical staffing, weather, event technology, relationships with local public safety entities and will close with a Question & Answer session with all presenters and experts, including:

·       Dr. Michael Cassat of UAMS, who serves at Little Rock Marathon’s Medical Director;

·       Dennis Cavanaugh with the National Weather Service;

·       Jim Martin of Playbook; and

·       Major Joe Miller and Sgt. J. Plunkett with the Little Rock Police Department.

The Little Rock Marathon is a project of Little Rock Parks and Recreation. Additional information about the Summit can be found at littlerockmarathon.com/event-security-summit/

About Little Rock Marathon

The mission of the Little Rock Marathon is to provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities, while promoting a healthy lifestyle through running and walking and raising money for Little Rock Parks & Recreation. Since its inception in 2003, more than $1 million dollars has been donated to Little Rock Parks & Recreation. Little Rock Marathon Race Weekend is held the first weekend in March each year and includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K run/walk, a children’s mile and a free two-day health and fitness expo. With an estimated $6 million in local spending annually, more than 140,000 individuals have participated in a Little Rock Marathon race, sponsored event, or free training program. This has been achieved through school-based programs, community outreach, partnerships with running/walking groups across the country and passionate grass roots promotion.

About Little Rock Parks & Recreation

Little Rock Parks and Recreation oversees 62 developed parks and twelve undeveloped parks totaling over 6,100 acres. In addition, the Little Rock Parks & Recreation offers a wide-range of youth and adult recreational and sports leagues, after-school and summer playground programs for children ages 6-15, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation and programs for seniors. Little Rock’s parks system is not only a source of pride for the city, but it has received national recognition for excellence! Little Rock Parks & Recreation became the 30th agency in the United States to receive accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Funds raised will continue to support parks and recreational programs for all ages. For more information about Little Rock Parks & Recreation please visit www.lrpr.org.