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.

 

Aug
8
Sat
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival
Aug 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival | Hope | Arkansas | United States

 

The race starts on the eastern edge of Hope’s Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.

Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.

At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!

Aug
16
Sun
Eurekan 10k 5k Fun Run @ Eureka Springs Courthouse
Aug 16 all-day

10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Walk

Nov
8
Sun
Fayetteville Half Marathon @ Lake Fayetteville
Nov 8 all-day
Fayetteville Half Marathon @ Lake Fayetteville  | Springdale | Arkansas | United States

The Fayetteville Half Marathon is a race that will visit some of Fayetteville’s most unique spots. Saturday will feature the vendor retail expo at The Chancellor Hotel just off the downtown square. On Sunday there will be a half-distance marathon, a community fundraising 5K, and a 1 mile fun run/walk.

Jun
11
Sat
Arkansas Runner 2M @ Saline County Courthouse
Jun 11 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

 

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Boys and Girls Club in Benton.

Beautiful course in downtown Benton.  Start is at the intersection of Market and South Street.  Finish is in the middle of the block on the west side of the Saline County Courthouse.  Race day registration is $10 for ages 1-19 and $25 for ages 20 and up.

Aug
6
Sat
White River 4 Miler @ Batesville City Hall
Aug 6 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

 

2016 will be the 38th running of the 4 Mile Classic. For the first five years, the race was a 10K, originally called the White River Water Carnival 10K Classic and was won by Tom Aspel in each of its first three years. The switch to the 4 Mile distance came in 1984 due to the hot, humid August weather frequently encountered by runners in Arkansas. Over the years, the race has been won by Batesville native Brian Baker 8 times, and 6 times by Angie Herringer on the women’s side. Andy Buschman and Jack Heston have run in all 34 races from 1979 to 2012.

Course Description
The race begins on Main Street, between 9 th and 10 th Streets, and is downhill for about seven blocks.  Runners will then make a right turn on Bayou Street and continue downhill while crossing the Golden Overpass.  The route continues on Bayou Street with a couple of small, rolling hills until just past the one-mile mark.

Soon after passing this mark, runners will begin a gradual climb of approximately six-tenths of a mile up North Heights Street, followed by a right turn on Craig Street and a quick descent for about two-tenths of a mile.  The course then turns right on Hill Street, where runners will soon pass the half-way point.

The route continues on Hill Street for a relatively flat four-tenths of a mile before turning left on Carter Street, just past West Elementary School.  From Carter Street, runners will make a right turn onto Charles Street, which loops back around to Bayou Street.  After making a left turn on Bayou Street, runners will soon begin a steep climb to go back across the Golden Overpass and finish the third mile.

Just after the three-mile mark, the course makes a left turn onto Water Street and begins a gradual increase in elevation for approximately one-half of a mile.  Runners will then make a right turn onto 10 th Street for a quick climb before making a final right onto Main Street for a fast five blocks downhill to the finish.

Aug
14
Sun
Eurekan 10k 5k Fun Run @ Eureka Springs Courthouse
Aug 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Walk

awards – Runs
10K:
  • Overall Male & Female finisher
  • Three deep at 10-year increments beginning at 10-19 thru 70+.
5K:
  • 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.
Run course sponsored b
Oct
29
Sat
Fayetteville Half Marathon @ Lake Fayetteville
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 am
Fayetteville Half Marathon @ Lake Fayetteville  | Springdale | Arkansas | United States

The Fayetteville Half Marathon is a race that will visit some of Fayetteville’s most unique spots. Saturday will feature the vendor retail expo at The Chancellor Hotel just off the downtown square. On Sunday there will be a half-distance marathon, a community fundraising 5K, and a 1 mile fun run/walk.

Nov
19
Sat
Vera Lloyd Annual Turkey Trot 5K and one mile fun run @ Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services hosts its 4th annual Turkey Trot in Monticello, Arkansas. The 5K run/walk and one mile fun run for kids is a mostly flat court that begins and ends at Vera Lloyd’s children’s home. Funds raised from the event support the care of youth in foster care who live at Vera Lloyd’s children’s home. More info at VLTurkeyTrot.org.

May
6
Sat
Toad Suck 10K 5K @ Conway High School West
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanas club in 1982, and run in conjunction with the then new Toad Suck Daze Festival. They conducted the race mostly by themselves for several years. First National Bank (now Regions) began a race in 1984 in honor of a fellow employee who died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In 1986 the Kiwanas sought help with the Toad Suck 10K, and the two races were combined. First National Bank/Regions Bank has been the primary sponsor of the race ever since, and each year “In Memory of Randy Baker” is featured on the race shirt.arkansasRRCA_small

  • Race hosted by the Conway Running Club
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR16018DLP
  • 5K (non-GP) race held in conjunction with the 10K
  • Also Tadpole Trot races afterwards for kids aged 4-12 with distances of 200, 400, & 800 meters.
  • Races are part of the Toad Suck Daze Festival in Conway
Jun
10
Sat
Arkansas Runner 2M @ Saline County Courthouse
Jun 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Race History
2017 marks the 19th running ot he Arkansas Runner 2-Mile race. This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.

Course Description
The race takes place around downtown Benton. The start is one block south of the Saline County Courthouse on Market Street and heads south for one block. A left turn on Smith Street is followed by another left onto Main Street which brings you back by the courthouse. The course goes North for approximately 1/2 mile where a left on Narroway and sends the runners into a residential neighborhood of Benton. The course takes a right and runs around Crestwood Drive and is followed by another right back onto Narroway St. A left on Evans Drive is followed by another left onto North Street which leads back to the courthouse where the race finishes back on Market

  • All proceeds benefits Saline County Boys and Girls Club in Benton
  • Race hosted by the Saline County Striders
  • Kids run free! (if preregistered by May 16)
  • Chip timing provided by ArkansasRunner.com
  • USATF Course Certification #AR14018DLP
Jun
17
Sat
Go! Mile @ Clinton Presidential Center
Jun 17 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Go! Mile

One Lap. One Mile. One Fast Little Race. There will be different heats, including an elite heat (see below for who is eligible for elite status). All runners are chip timed, results will be based on runner’s time overall, not within their heat. Overall and Age Group results will look like it is one race. Please Note: Awards are based on time, only. At the conclusion of the all the heats, times are consolidated, then Overall and Age Group winners are decided based on time. No awards are given for top finishers in each heat.

The race starts and finishes in front of the historical Clinton Library Museum.
The starting line is located slightly west of Dean Kumpuris Drive on President Clinton Avenue.
As the gun fires, runners make their way along Pres. Clinton Ave and onto E Markam St before turning left onto Sherman St. The race then swoops onto E 3rd St until making a left onto Malhon Martin St. Spectators get a good view of the runners here just past half way as the route quickly turns left onto E 2nd St before a fast right onto Ferry St before making the last turn onto Pres. Clinton Ave. There the runners enter the inspiring tree and spectator lined finishing stretch, ending at the iconic Go! Arch!

June 17th, 2017
7am at the President Clinton Library

7 Exciting Heats to choose from:
> The First Mile for novices and beginners
> Age Group Heats
> Elite Race (sun 5:30 men, sub 6:30 women)
> Mini Mile kids race
What Heat Do I  Run In?

REGISTER HERE NOW!!!
(Online Reg closes midnight 6/15/2017)

Packet Pick Up will be at Go! Running
Friday June 16th from 10am – 6pm
1819 N Grant St, Little Rock AR 72207

Aug
5
Sat
White River 4 Miler @ Batesville City Hall
Aug 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

 

2017 will be the 39th running of the White River 4 Mile Classic. For the first five years, the race was a 10K, originally called the White River Water Carnival 10K Classic and was won by Tom Aspel in each of its first three years. The switch to the 4 Mile distance came in 1984 due to the hot, humid August weather frequently encountered by runners in Arkansas. Over the years, the race has been won by Batesville native Brian Baker 8 times, and 6 times by Angie Herringer on the women’s side. Andy Buschman and Jack Heston have run in all 34 races from 1979 to 2012.

Course Description

The race begins on Main Street, between 9 th and 10 th Streets, and is downhill for about seven blocks.  Runners will then make a right turn on Bayou Street and continue downhill while crossing the Golden Overpass.  The route continues on Bayou Street with a couple of small, rolling hills until just past the one-mile mark.

Soon after passing this mark, runners will begin a gradual climb of approximately six-tenths of a mile up North Heights Street, followed by a right turn on Craig Street and a quick descent for about two-tenths of a mile.  The course then turns right on Hill Street, where runners will soon pass the half-way point.

The route continues on Hill Street for a relatively flat four-tenths of a mile before turning left on Carter Street, just past West Elementary School.  From Carter Street, runners will make a right turn onto Charles Street, which loops back around to Bayou Street.  After making a left turn on Bayou Street, runners will soon begin a steep climb to go back across the Golden Overpass and finish the third mile.

Just after the three-mile mark, the course makes a left turn onto Water Street and begins a gradual increase in elevation for approximately one-half of a mile.  Runners will then make a right turn onto 10 th Street for a quick climb before making a final right onto Main Street for a fast five blocks downhill to the finish.

Aug
12
Sat
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival
Aug 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival | Hope | Arkansas | United States

Watermelon Festival 5K

The race starts on the eastern edge of Hope’s Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.

Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.

At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!

Mar
2
Fri
Little Rock Marathon @ Downtown Little Rock
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
Little Rock Marathon @ Downtown Little Rock | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Celebrate the 16th Annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon on March 2-4, 2018! The Little Rock Marathon and companion races are a running and walking tour through the scenic streets of Arkansas’ capital city. One bodacious race with the world’s largest finisher’s medal. We are a race for every pace. We love walkers, 8-hour time limit for Marathon race. We’re a race with personality, tons of volunteers and a fun, unique theme each year! Our FREE Health & Fitness Expo will kick-off the marathon weekend March 2-3 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Come enjoy our lively brand of southern hospitality!

See website for more info: www.littlerockmarathon.com

Race Distances 

Race Weekend

This year the theme seems to be Monty Python and the Holy Grail…of course, when we think of running marathons and Monty Python, this comes to mind,

May
5
Sat
Toad Suck 10K and 5K @ Conway High School West
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Toad Suck 10K and 5K @ Conway High School West | Conway | Arkansas | United States

The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanas club in 1982, and run in conjunction with the then new Toad Suck Daze Festival. They conducted the race mostly by themselves for several years. First National Bank (now Regions) began a race in 1984 in honor of a fellow employee who died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In 1986 the Kiwanas sought help with the Toad Suck 10K, and the two races were combined. First National Bank/Regions Bank has been the primary sponsor of the race ever since, and each year “In Memory of Randy Baker” is featured on the race shirt.

Race Info:
  • Race hosted by the Conway Running Club
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR16018DLP
  • 5K (non-GP) race held in conjunction with the 10K
  • Also Tadpole Trot races afterwards for kids aged 4-12 with distances of 200, 400, & 800 meters.
  • Races are part of the Toad Suck Daze Festival in Conway
Jun
9
Sat
Arkansas Runner 2M @ Saline County Courthouse
Jun 9 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

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Race History
2018 marks the 20th running of the Arkansas Runner 2-Mile race. This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.

Course Description
The race takes place around downtown Benton. The start is one block south of the Saline County Courthouse on Market Street and heads south for one block. A left turn on Smith Street is followed by another left onto Main Street which brings you back by the courthouse. The course goes North for approximately 1/2 mile where a left on Narroway and sends the runners into a residential neighborhood of Benton. The course takes a right and runs around Crestwood Drive and is followed by another right back onto Narroway St. A left on Evans Drive is followed by another left onto North Street which leads back to the courthouse where the race finishes back on Market

  • All proceeds benefits Saline County Boys and Girls Club in Benton
  • Race hosted by the Saline County Striders
  • Kids run free! (if preregistered by May 16)
  • Chip timing provided by ArkansasRunner.com
  • USATF Course Certification #AR14018DLP
Jun
16
Sat
Go! Mile @ Clinton Presidential Center
Jun 16 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Go! Mile

One Lap. One Mile. One Fast Little Race. There will be different heats, including an elite heat (see below for who is eligible for elite status). All runners are chip timed, results will be based on runner’s time overall, not within their heat. Overall and Age Group results will look like it is one race. Please Note: Awards are based on time, only. At the conclusion of the all the heats, times are consolidated, then Overall and Age Group winners are decided based on time. No awards are given for top finishers in each heat.

The race starts and finishes in front of the historical Clinton Library Museum.
The starting line is located slightly west of Dean Kumpuris Drive on President Clinton Avenue.
As the gun fires, runners make their way along Pres. Clinton Ave and onto E Markam St before turning left onto Sherman St. The race then swoops onto E 3rd St until making a left onto Malhon Martin St. Spectators get a good view of the runners here just past half way as the route quickly turns left onto E 2nd St before a fast right onto Ferry St before making the last turn onto Pres. Clinton Ave. There the runners enter the inspiring tree and spectator lined finishing stretch, ending at the iconic Go! Arch!

June 16th, 2018
7am at the President Clinton Library

7 Exciting Heats to choose from:
> The First Mile for novices and beginners
> Age Group Heats
> Elite Race (sun 5:30 men, sub 6:30 women)
> Mini Mile kids race
What Heat Do I  Run In?

REGISTER HERE NOW!!!
(Online Reg closes midnight 6/14/2018)

Packet Pick Up will be at Go! Running
Friday June 15th from 10am – 6pm
1819 N Grant St, Little Rock AR 72207

Aug
4
Sat
White River 4 Miler @ Batesville City Hall
Aug 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
White River 4 Miler is the Grand Prix State Championship Race

2018 will be the 40th running of the White River 4 Mile Classic. For the first five years, the race was a 10K, originally called the White River Water Carnival 10K Classic and was won by Tom Aspel in each of its first three years. The switch to the 4 Mile distance came in 1984 due to the hot, humid August weather frequently encountered by runners in Arkansas. Over the years, the race has been won by Batesville native Brian Baker 8 times, and 6 times by Angie Herringer on the women’s side. Andy Buschman and Jack Heston have run in all 34 races from 1979 to 2012.

Course Description

The race begins on Main Street, between 9 th and 10 th Streets, and is downhill for about seven blocks.  Runners will then make a right turn on Bayou Street and continue downhill while crossing the Golden Overpass.  The route continues on Bayou Street with a couple of small, rolling hills until just past the one-mile mark.

Soon after passing this mark, runners will begin a gradual climb of approximately six-tenths of a mile up North Heights Street, followed by a right turn on Craig Street and a quick descent for about two-tenths of a mile.  The course then turns right on Hill Street, where runners will soon pass the half-way point.

The route continues on Hill Street for a relatively flat four-tenths of a mile before turning left on Carter Street, just past West Elementary School.  From Carter Street, runners will make a right turn onto Charles Street, which loops back around to Bayou Street.  After making a left turn on Bayou Street, runners will soon begin a steep climb to go back across the Golden Overpass and finish the third mile.

Just after the three-mile mark, the course makes a left turn onto Water Street and begins a gradual increase in elevation for approximately one-half of a mile.  Runners will then make a right turn onto 10 th Street for a quick climb before making a final right onto Main Street for a fast five blocks downhill to the finish.

Aug
11
Sat
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival
Aug 11 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival | Hope | Arkansas | United States

Watermelon Festival 5K

The race starts on the eastern edge of Hope’s Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.

Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.

At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!

Oct
13
Sat
Run Rover 5K & 1M Family Fun Run @ Rover Baptist Church
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am

Race and Fun Run starting and ending at the Rover Park in Rover, AR. Hosted by Rover Baptist Church as a fundraiser for the Rover Baptist Church Youth Group. Pre-register by September 1st to order a shirt. $25 for adults, including the price of a shirt, and $10 for children. Registration will begin at 8AM, with the race starting at 9AM. The route will be clearly marked, with volunteers along the way to make sure you’re on track. Awards will be given.

Jun
8
Sat
Arkansas Runner 2M @ Saline County Courthouse
Jun 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am


Race History
2019 marks the 21st running of the Arkansas Runner 2-Mile race. This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.

Course Description
The race takes place around downtown Benton. The start is one block south of the Saline County Courthouse on Market Street and heads south for one block. A left turn on Smith Street is followed by another left onto Main Street which brings you back by the courthouse. The course goes North for approximately 1/2 mile where a left on Narroway and sends the runners into a residential neighborhood of Benton. The course takes a right and runs around Crestwood Drive and is followed by another right back onto Narroway St. A left on Evans Drive is followed by another left onto North Street which leads back to the courthouse where the race finishes back on Market

  • All proceeds benefits Saline County Boys and Girls Club in Benton
  • Race hosted by the Saline County Striders
  • Kids run free! (if preregistered by May 16)
  • Chip timing provided by ArkansasRunner.com
  • USATF Course Certification #AR14018DLP
Jun
15
Sat
Go! Mile @ Clinton Presidential Center
Jun 15 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Go! Mile

One Lap. One Mile. One Fast Little Race. There will be different heats, including an elite heat (see below for who is eligible for elite status). All runners are chip timed, results will be based on runner’s time overall, not within their heat. Overall and Age Group results will look like it is one race. Please Note: Awards are based on time, only. At the conclusion of the all the heats, times are consolidated, then Overall and Age Group winners are decided based on time. No awards are given for top finishers in each heat.

The race starts and finishes in front of the historical Clinton Library Museum.
The starting line is located slightly west of Dean Kumpuris Drive on President Clinton Avenue.
As the gun fires, runners make their way along Pres. Clinton Ave and onto E Markam St before turning left onto Sherman St. The race then swoops onto E 3rd St until making a left onto Malhon Martin St. Spectators get a good view of the runners here just past half way as the route quickly turns left onto E 2nd St before a fast right onto Ferry St before making the last turn onto Pres. Clinton Ave. There the runners enter the inspiring tree and spectator lined finishing stretch, ending at the iconic Go! Arch!

June 15th, 2019
7am at the President Clinton Library

7 Exciting Heats to choose from:
> The First Mile for novices and beginners
> Age Group Heats
> Elite Race (sun 5:30 men, sub 6:30 women)
> Mini Mile kids race
What Heat Do I  Run In?

REGISTER HERE NOW!!!

Packet Pick Up will be at Go! Running
Friday June 14th from 10am – 6pm
1819 N Grant St, Little Rock AR 72207

Jul
21
Sun
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
10K:
  • Overall Male & Female finisher
  • Three deep at 10-year increments beginning at 10-19 thru 70+.
5K:
  • 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.
Run course sponsored b
Aug
10
Sat
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival
Aug 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival | Hope | Arkansas | United States

Watermelon Festival 5K

The race starts on the eastern edge of Hope’s Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.

Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.

At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!

Oct
26
Sat
White River 4 Miler @ Batesville City Hall
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
White River 4 Miler is the Grand Prix State Championship Race

2019 will be the 41st running of the White River 4 Mile Classic. For the first five years, the race was a 10K, originally called the White River Water Carnival 10K Classic and was won by Tom Aspel in each of its first three years. The switch to the 4 Mile distance came in 1984 due to the hot, humid August weather frequently encountered by runners in Arkansas. Over the years, the race has been won by Batesville native Brian Baker 8 times, and 6 times by Angie Herringer on the women’s side. Andy Buschman and Jack Heston have run in all 34 races from 1979 to 2012.

Course Description

The race begins on Main Street, between 9 th and 10 th Streets, and is downhill for about seven blocks.  Runners will then make a right turn on Bayou Street and continue downhill while crossing the Golden Overpass.  The route continues on Bayou Street with a couple of small, rolling hills until just past the one-mile mark.

Soon after passing this mark, runners will begin a gradual climb of approximately six-tenths of a mile up North Heights Street, followed by a right turn on Craig Street and a quick descent for about two-tenths of a mile.  The course then turns right on Hill Street, where runners will soon pass the half-way point.

The route continues on Hill Street for a relatively flat four-tenths of a mile before turning left on Carter Street, just past West Elementary School.  From Carter Street, runners will make a right turn onto Charles Street, which loops back around to Bayou Street.  After making a left turn on Bayou Street, runners will soon begin a steep climb to go back across the Golden Overpass and finish the third mile.

Just after the three-mile mark, the course makes a left turn onto Water Street and begins a gradual increase in elevation for approximately one-half of a mile.  Runners will then make a right turn onto 10 th Street for a quick climb before making a final right onto Main Street for a fast five blocks downhill to the finish.

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