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Please join local running clubs including the Arkansas Running Klub, Cabot Country Cruisers, Conway Running Club, Little Rock Roadrunners, Saline County Striders and the Spa Pacers on Saturday, December 30th at 9 AM for the 2nd Annual Central Arkansas’ Last Chance Run! This FREE run will take place at War Memorial Park and anyone is welcome to participate! We will meet in the parking lot west of the roundabout at Fair Park Blvd and Zoo Dr. There is limited parking within the park, but there is plenty of overflow parking at the nearby War Memorial Stadium.
There will be 2.5 mile marked loop around the park that participants will be welcome to run or walk as many times as they would like! There will also be a 1/2 mile kids run at 8:40 AM.
Drinks and snacks will be provided after the run in a covered pavilion and there will be a number of door prizes to be given away to registered participants that are in attendance. Many of the participating running clubs and sponsors will have tables and tents set up so you can get in your miles with old friends, and then hang out out afterwards to make some new ones!
We will also be taking donations of canned food and non-perishable food items for the Arkansas Foodbank. Donations are not required, but are encouraged. The participating running clubs will once again have a friendly competition to win the Last Chance Run Cup. See more information below.
Thank you to our sponsors and friends that have helped to make this event possible: Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix, Blue Rose Physical Therapy, Garner Timing Services, Little Rock Parks & Recreation and Rock City Running. Special thanks to Little Rock Parks & Recreation for once again allowing us to use War Memorial Park for the event!
Please note that this is a “rain or shine” event with exception for unsafe inclement weather (e.g. lightning). Those who choose to participate should recognize that the suggested route will be open to the public and part of the loop will involve running along a sidewalk of a city street with vehicular traffic. Each individual is encouraged to use appropriate caution and is responsible for his or her own safety. Additionally, if runners choose to run outside the designated loop they need to do so at their own discretion, as the streets around the park will be open to the public.
Currently 1 in 6 Arkansans struggle to provide enough food for their family, and 1 in 5 children in Arkansas are at risk for going hungry. As the largest hunger-relief organization in the state, The Arkansas Foodbank is the foundation in the fight against hunger. They find pathways to connect people, resources and food to reach those in need, providing dignity, hope and a brighter future for all Arkansans.
We will once again be having a friendly competition for the Last Chance Run Cup that will culminate at midnight on December 31, 2023. The winning club will be determined based on the number of meals provided per club member. Every $1 donated is equal to 5 meals, while 1.2 lbs of food is equal to 1 meal. The Arkansas Foodbank will be at the event taking donations of canned food and non-perishable food items. Last year the event raised over $10,000 in donations and 1,328 lbs of food were collected on the day of the event. As a result more than 55,000 meals were able to be provided to Arkansans because of the generosity of our running community. Let’s try to top that this year!
Donations are not required, but are encouraged. If you are part of a club please make any cash donations by clicking on the club name below. If you aren’t part of a running club, but wish to make a donation, you can either donate on behalf of a club of your choice or visit www.arkansasfoodbank.org.