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.
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.