***Special Notice***

Due to the need for social distancing surrounding the COVID-19 situation, many of the events listed on our calendar have been canceled or had the dates changed. We are not currently taking down events as we haven’t received any definitives from most event organizers. WE RECOMMEND that you contact the race director or organizer before registering for any event in the next couple of months. We will attempt to keep you informed as we get more information. Thanks.

Our calendar of events lists outdoor participatory sports throughout Arkansas. Feel free to search through the categories or tags. There is a lot happening so make your plans today. Please remember, these are not our events but a listing of Arkansas events that we share through Arkansas Outside.


Get Your Rear In Gear 5K @ Burns Park Soccer Complex
Jun 1 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Get Your Rear In Gear 5K @ Burns Park Soccer Complex | North Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Register for the Little Rock Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run/Walk to help raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Little Rock area. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease. The event includes refreshments, tech shirts and marathon quality medals for age group winners.  Get Your Rear in Gear provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer in our community.

7:15am – Registration
7:45am – Opening Ceremony
8:00am – 5K Run begins
8:05am – 5K Walk begins
9:30am – Closing Ceremony & Awards
10:00am-12:00 pm – After party & Lunch Celebration

Packet Pick Up:
Rock City Running
Friday, May 31
3:00-6:00 p.m.


Pink Tomato Festival 5K Run/Walk @ First State Bank
Jun 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am


The  Annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will kick off Saturday June 10, 2017, with the pageants to be held at the Cultural Center in Warren. The main attractions will be held the second full weekend in June, as always, in Downtown Warren. Make your plans to attend, and be sure to become a fan on our Facebook page!

True Grit 5K @ Chafee Crossing
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
True Grit Ride 2019 @ Chaffee Crossing
Jun 22 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
True Grit Ride 2019 @ Chaffee Crossing | Fort Smith | Arkansas | United States

TGR100/MTB/5K Run/Walk benefits the Community Services Clearinghouse.

Route Distances: Road Ride 10, 28,42,66 and 100 miles, the Mountain Bike Ride is a 15 mile guided Mountain Bike Tour and the newest addition is the 5K Walk/Run. We offer a course for riders of any skill level.

Entry Fees: Registration is $50 for the TGR , $45 for the TG Mountain Bike Ride and $35 for the TG 5K Walk/Run.

The Clearinghouse is a well-established, non-profit organization located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, that provides emergency assistance to families and children in need throughout seven counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The most well-known program the Clearinghouse offers is the Meals for Kids backpack program, which distributes over 2,500 sacks of weekend food each Friday to children who otherwise would go hungry before returning to class on Monday.

Brickfest 5K @ Syke's Parking Lot, Behind Taco Bell on MLK/Hwy 270
Jun 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

The Brickfest 5K is a run/walk that starts at the Sykes parking lot in Malvern, AR and runs down to the Ouachita River following the beautiful white water park in Malvern. With only one short incline, it’s a great 5K for all levels. Brickfest festivities are directly across the street for post race fun.

The Brickfest 5K is part of the annual Malvern Brickfest festivities.  This is a 5K route that partially follows the beautiful Ouchita River.  All proceeds from the race go towards raising money for college scholarships awarded to local teens.

Firecracker Fast 5K
Jul 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Firecracker Fast 5K @ East Palo Alto | California | United States


Firecracker Fast 5K

  • The course records are held by Ruben Reina with 13:26 and Collette Murphy with 15:23.
  • The race has been the first road race of many runners. Governor Huckabee ran his first road race as governor in 2004.
  • Running legends Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, and Joan Benoit Samuelson have each run the Firecracker several times.
  • 2016 winners were Elizabeth Gillette in a time of 18:10:80 and Shaun Koehn in a time of 16:04.70.
  • This is a point to point race. You can park at the start line and take the trolly from the finish back to the start after the race. Two trolleys will be running from finish line back to the start line from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.
Eureka Springs Multisport Festival @ Eureka Springs Area
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
Eureka Springs Multisport Festival @ Eureka Springs Area | Eureka Springs | Arkansas | United States

A three-day multisport festival consisting of a sprint-distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, Gran Fondos (road bike rides) on Saturday morning and running races on Sunday.  Participants can enter individual events or take one of two “Eurekan” challenges.

The name not only is the moniker of the event, but also refers to participants who complete the ultimate challenge! Any participant who enters the “Full Eurekan” who can complete the triathlon, 100 mile ride and 10K run will be known as “The Eurekan”! There is also a Half Eurekan competition which is the triathlon, 62 mile bike ride and 5K run.


The triathlon is located on Holiday Island, just a few minutes from downtown Eureka Springs. The finish line for the biking and running events are the same place each day which is located in the heart of Eureka Springs on historic Main Street in front of the Eureka Springs City Courthouse.

Eurekan 10k 5k Fun Run @ Eureka Springs Courthouse
Jul 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Walk

awards – Runs
  • Overall Male & Female finisher
  • Three deep at 10-year increments beginning at 10-19 thru 70+.
  • Overall Male & Female finisher
  • Three deep at 10-year increments beginning at 6-9, 10-19 thru 70+.
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk:
  • Custom finisher ribbons.
Awards & Prize Ceremony –
  • Immediately following the finish of the 10K run at the finish line.
  • 11:00am – Video & Picture Recap of the weekend…YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
  • 11:00am – door prizes for all event participants who attend the ceremony
  • 11:30am – “The Eurekan” Recognition
Door Prizes, Pre & Post Race Goodies –
  • Goody bag with lots of sponsor products and services
  • Door prizes will include gift certificates and products.
  • Saturday post bike ride celebration with adult beverages, food and snacks will be available to all registered athletes.
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Dam Night Run 5K @ DeGray Lake Spillway
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Dam Night Run 5K @ DeGray Lake Spillway

That Dam Night Run
Flat and Downhill…very fast. Beautiful view of Degray Lake and Caddo River Valley.

Flat and Downhill…very fast. Beautiful view of Degray Lake and Caddo River Valley.

START: Approx. 2 miles west of Degray Lake Dam on Skyline Drive at 8:00pm SHARP. Transprotation will be provided to starting line. Water and porta potties will be provided at the start.

WATER STATION: At the halfway point.

FINISH: Spillway Dam area just below and east of Degray Lake Dam. Music, water, ice cold watermelon and water cannon.

PACKET PICKUP/LATE REGISTRATION: 3:00 – 7:00 at the spillway dam area.


Entry Fee: Students 18 and under $15.00

$30 Race Day Registration

AWARDS PRESENTATION: Beginning at approx 9:30 pm at the spillway Dam Area. Awards must be picked up the night of the race.

Overall Male and Female – 3 deep
Master Male and Female – 3 deep
Grandmaster Male and Female – 1 deep
Seniors Male and Female – 1 deep
Age Divisions: 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-up. Male and Female – 5 deep
Walkers Male and Female – 5 deep
Wheelchair Male and Femal – 3 deep

Hook and Ladder 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run @ Bentonville Fire Department
Aug 3 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

4th Annual Hook & Ladder! Register today https://app.regwiz.io/register/hookandladder/610

The 4th annual Hook & Ladder 5K/10K and 1 mile fun run. Firefighter Challenege is back and details will be released closer to race date. Sponsor booths, Live DJ from Brock Entertainment, Water shower at the end of the race and much more! We’re set and can’t wait to see everyone there this year! Bentonville Firefighter’s Assoc. is a non-profit organization.

Race Routes:

5K Race Route: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/163330
10K Race Route: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/180205
**It is your responsibility to know the route you plan to run, we do not accept responsibility for runners accidentally going off course**

Run with the Flock
Aug 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

The Annual Run with the Flock is a race event for which all the proceeds will be donated in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Did you know approximately every 3 minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer? The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to find cures for blood cancer patients.

Awards for Top Male & Female and Age Division Awards. 5K participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal when they complete the race. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk participants will also receive a t-shirt and a special medal! To be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must register by August 1.

Packet Pick Up will be Friday, August 23 at Rock City Running on Rodney Parham Road from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ainsley’s Angels will be participating in our race.  If you would like to sign up to be an Angel Runner for our race or any other race they participate in, please go to www.ainsleysangels.org and sign up by selecting Arkansas/NW Fort Smith. There is no fee for signing up to be an Angel Runner.  Please note: Angel Runners pay their own race entry for all races.

Cammack Village 5K and 1K Pup/Family Run @ Cammack Village Pool
Sep 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Cammack Village 5k and Family & Pup Fun Run on Labor Day.

5K Run begins at 8:00 am at City Hall.  The Family Fun Run starts at 9:00 am; bring your pup, and run/walk a mile lap.

1 t-shirt comes with each registration (1 per family for the Family and Pup Fun Run), extras available for sale.

Early packet pick-up is Friday at Go Running! in the Heights from 2-6 p.m.  You can also pick up packets the day of the race from 6:30-7:30 am for the 5k.  Family/ pup fun run packet pick up will last till 8:30 am.  Packets will include your bib, chip and t-shirt.  Please pick your packet up early if possible.

Parking for the race will be in the Jefferson Elementary School parking lot next to City Hall.


Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at wkees2879@gmail.com
Band on the Run 5K @ Batesville High School
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am



REGISTRATION for Band on the Run

Pre-registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for students (18 and under). Mail in pre-registration deadline is September 10th but you can register on line until Friday Sep. 21st at 4:00pm CDT.

Day of race registration, 6:30-7:30 am, entry fees rise to $20 for adults and $15 for students.

Sports Bag:

Sports bag will be provided to all pre-registered runners/walkers. On day of race, they will be handed out until we run out.


Top 3 Male and Female runners and walkers will get a unique trophy.

Age groups (runners only): Top 3 in the following age divisions: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and above.

For more information, please contact race director Michelle McSpadden, 870-793-2464, britgirl4mac@yahoo.com

Chip/Tag finish line timing provided by Mac’s Race Timing Service, Ken McSpadden, 870-793-2464

East End Sizzler 5K/10K @ East Union Missionary Baptist Church
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Our annual East End Sizzler 5K/10K this year is partnered with Arkansas Children’s Hospital with proceeds to benefit pediatric cancer research. We also have a free health fair open to anyone in the community!

Angel One 5K @ Two Rivers Park
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Who we are:
Angel One is a flight team dedicated and specially trained to take care of the sickest children in Arkansas. The Angel One crew is responsible for safely bringing more than 2,000 kids every year to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where they can receive the life-saving care they need. In doing so, taking children and often one of their parents hours from their hometown. To some of them, gas money to be with their child or to return back home is something they can not afford. It’s those families we have helped through our last two races. Due to the great success we have had, this year we are not only going to continue our gas card program but also help families with other things they might need while at Arkansas Children’s Hospital with their sick child.

How you can help:
Attention runners, walkers, and families looking for a fun event supporting a great cause! It’s that time of year again to register for the Angel One 5K / 10K. This year’s event will be our biggest ever and you won’t want to miss it. To register or find more information about the event, just click the link below. We hope to see you there! Register now.

Goblin Run 5K @ Downtown Activity Center
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Goblin Run 5K


Join Bentonville Parks & Recreation for the 3rd race of the Run Bentonville Race Series: The Goblin Run! Costumes are encouraged for this spooooky race around town. Special awards to the best costumes!

Distance: 5k and Kids Fun Run

When: October 26, 2018 at 7:30am. Kids Fun Run to follow

Where: Downtown Activity Center (215 SW A St.) Bentonville, AR

Cost: $25 for 5k/ Free for Fun Run


Did you miss registration? We can get you registered in person at packet pick-up!

Packet Pick-up will take place at the Downtown Activity Center (215 SW A St.) on Thursday, October 24th from 8am-8pm and Friday, October 25th from 8:00am-4:30pm.

Creep N Crawl 10K/5K @ Two Rivers Park
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Creep N Crawl 10K/5K @ Two Rivers Park | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

The Creep N Crawl 10K / 5K celebrates the best of autumn with a healthy dose of physical fitness. Create a new family tradition while enjoying all the fall fun with friends. Grab your costume and join us as at Two Rivers Park.

The course runs on the paved trails at Two Rivers Park and the Arkansas River Trail, combining the safety of a smooth surface and the autumn beauty of Two Rivers Park.    Please note:
Due to the location of the race and trails, some areas may be a bit dark.  Flashlights, lanterns or head lamps may be utilized.

As part of the festivities, we will have a costume contest for race participants only. We encourage participants to get creative and dress in costume for the race.  To take part in the costume contest, stop by the judging table at the finish line after you finish to be considered.  The costume categories include:

Youth – Individual
Youth – Group
Adult – Individual
And more
Costume Contest Rules:

You must be a registered participant and complete the race event in your costume to be eligible for prizes.
Groups and Pairs must come to the judging table together to be eligible.
If you are a group or a pair, you must pick a team captain and a team name. We will use this name and the team captain’s race number for judging.
You must have a race number visible to be eligible for the Costume Contest and please keep your race bib number on for winner announcements.
You must be present at the awards ceremony to win a prize.
Judges will be looking for originality, authenticity, overall theme and craftsmanship!

White River Marathon for Kenya @ Cotter High School
Nov 23 @ 7:00 am

Boston Qualifier

The White River Marathon for Kenya has raised thousands of dollars for the town of Katito, Kenya, providing potable water wells, clothing and a host of other necessities

WRM works in conjunction with World Vision.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.  Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, they serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Often WRM is asked, “what percentage of the registration fee goes to World Vision?”   There are many variables which dictate the race’s donation to Wold Vision, but we offer the following table, outlining our donations

Awesome Pre-Race Pasta Dinner and renowned Post-Race Meal!

All races start at 7:00 am

Shoe Recycling Drive – bring your old shoes to us!

Flat Course along the White River!

Registration is limited to 750 participants – sells out!

Family & Runner friendly atmosphere!

Vera Lloyd’s Turkey Trot @ Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

YOU! The Turkey Trot 5k is open to anyone willing to participate.

5k Run/Walk
The route will begin and end in front of the Lyon Gymnasium, past Monticello High School, Drew Memorial Hospital, and back to campus.

Kids 12 and under

1 Mile Run/Walk
The route will begin in front of the Lyon Gymnasium, once around the Monticello High School track, and back to campus.

The 1 Mile Run/Walk will begin close to 10 a.m., after all 5K participants have completed the course.

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services
Annie B. Wells Campus
745 Old Warren Road
Monticello, AR 71655

SDIA Annual NWA Turkey Trot for Heroes @ Center for Non Profit
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
SDIA Annual NWA Turkey Trot for Heroes @ Center for Non Profit | Rogers | Arkansas | United States

Most Americans live well enough to enjoy the holidays, but for many of our nation’s Sheep Dogs – former and current Veterans and First Responders (Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue & EMS professionals), that is not the case. These courageous men and women put their lives on the line for us each and every day, giving us the gift of protection and security. It’s time for us to give them and their children the gift of a Merry Christmas.

Your participation in (or donation to) the NWA Turkey Trot provides the funding needed for our Christmas Outreach program, which gives the children of struggling Sheep Dogs gifts to open at Christmas.

**Registration and T-shirts**

Held every Thanksgiving morning, our Turkey Trot for Heroes 5K is an exciting event that garners the full support of local runners, running organizations and our communities.

In addition to the traditional 5K run, we have a Wild Gobbler 5K (a 5K with 5 stations of exercises throughout the route dedicated to Fallen Heroes), a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Virtual 5K.

Proceeds from the race fund our Disaster Response and Outdoor Adventure programs, allowing SDIA to help fellow Sheep Dogs Get Off The Couch and reengage in living a meaningful and productive life with a renewed sense of purpose.

Our Turkey Trot for Heroes 5K can be held at any of our Team/Chapter locations, and we welcome others to host this event in their area, too.

Don’t miss this opportunity to Get Off The Couch and help our nation’s heroes! Click here to register for this year’s event.


Beneficiaries: Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will provide the children of Sheep Dog families in need with toys, clothing, and other necessities this Christmas.

The Great Duck Race 5K/ 10K @ Farmers and Merchants Bank
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Great Duck Race

You don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy the Wings Over The Prairie Festival. The week-long festivities aren’t solely for waterfowl enthusiasts. They include plenty of events for sportsmen and athletes who seek other endeavors in World of Sports besides hunting.

One of the most popular events, which draws athletes from across the state of Arkansas and the nation, is the annual Baptist-Health Great Duck Race. More than 200 runners compete each year in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 miles). In 2013, a 5k Race was added and will continue in 2014. The event often features some of the state’s best distance runners testing a flat and fast course.

Runners can set a blistering pace because the course is so flat. And there is another factor which helps athletes. Since the Baptist-Health Great Duck Race takes place toward the end of November, the weather can be a great asset.

The air is usually crisp and cool the morning of the race, giving runners near-perfect weather to cover the 10,000 meters before the finish line.

Every runner who enters the Baptist-Health Great Duck Race receives an official race t-shirt. Awards are also given to winners of individual age divisions.


Great Duck Race
Sponsored by Baptist Health

Course Information

5K or 10K Race
Very flat and fast course! Aid stations provided along the course. Refreshments for participants following race, FREE official Duck Race tee shirt! The Great Duck Race will use chip timing technology to calculate results. Participants must wear a race chip to get an official race time.

Entry Fees

Paid before October 30th……….$25.00
Paid after October 30th…………..$30.00
Note: If early registration is mailed, it must be postmarked on or before October 30. We cannot guarantee an Official Duck Race t-shirt for registrants after October 30th. Virtual Runners will receive an official Duck Race t-shirt and race packet by mail.

Race Start Time

The 10k race will start at 8:00 a.m. in front of the bank with the 5k to  follow at 8:10 a.m. The finish line is also in front of the bank.

Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. on race day inside the Farmers & Merchants Bank located at 708 South Main Street, Stuttgart.

Late Registration

Late registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on race day inside bank.


Awards and Prizes for each race

Winners receive a Duck Race medal!
Overall Male and Female 1st place winners in 10K receive prize
Overall Male and Female 1st place winners in 5k receive prize
Masters Male and Female – 3 places
Age Division – 3 places


Jingle Bell Run Little Rock @ Clinton Presidential Center
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

jingle bell run

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Clinton Presidential Library

Online registration closes on December 6 at 12:00 a.m.

Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, we’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step we take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause!

For more help or information about the 2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR contact Angela Harris at aharris@arthritis.org or call 501-232-8660.


Event Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – Day of registration, day of packet pick-up, Timing chip pick up, Elf Village (Kid’s Zone fun), picture with Santa, Vendor Booths, etc.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Kid’s Run Begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10K Starts
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5K Starts
  • 11:10 a.m. – Joe Cook 1 Mile Memorial Walk
  • 11:40 a.m. – Costume contest winners, volunteer awards announced, 5k awards.

Packet Pick-up

Early packet pick up (shirts, bells, timing chips ONLY available at race site) and on site registration:
December 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
GO! Running | 1819 N Grant St, Little Rock, AR 72207


History on the Run
Jan 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Run through historic areas of small town Sheridan to support local charities – Grant County Museum, Keeping the Faith Women’s Shelter & Kick Start Sheridan, Inc.’s Downtown Development Project.

The course for walkers will be 2 miles.  First walker will receive an award.

The race is also a part of the Arkansas Spa Pacers Winter Series.  The Winter Series participants can receive a race t-shirt if they make a donation of $10 or more to the charities through runsignup.com before December 15, 2019.

Freezin for a Reason 5K 10K @ John McConnell Stadium
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Freezin for a Reason 5K 10K @ John McConnell Stadium | Conway | Arkansas | United States

Freezin’ for a Reason is for runners and walkers of all abilities. We offer a 10K, 5K, and the Lap for life for families and their children to take one lap around the track to honor past and present patients of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Children and strollers are welcome at all events.All participants registered by January 18, 2020 will receive a t-shirt. Event attendees can also enjoy free food and lots of free fun kids activities like bounce houses, face painting, games, and. more.

The Freezin’ for a Reason will take place February 1, 2020. The race will begin and end at the Conway High School West Campus, located at 2300 Prince Street in Conway, Arkansas. The 5k/10k will begin at 9 a.m.The Lap for Life will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Van Davis 5K @ Whittington Park
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The annual Van Davis Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run supports the National Park College Foundation by providing scholarships for current students. Strategically scheduled for six weeks into the new year, it gives everyone the opportunity to meet their new year’s health and fitness goals. Join us to make a difference for yourself and for the community.

Join us at Hot Springs’ Baseball Park (formerly known as Whittington Park).

Features of the Van Davis Memorial 5K:

  • Chip-timed
  • USATF-certified course.
  • Overall and Top-3 in each male and female age division awards.
  • Flat and fast course that runs through the nation’s first national park.
  • Kids Fun Run for children 10 years and younger.
  • Virtual Participant option for those that wish to support the event while staying in bed.



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