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As activity on the Razorback Greenway Trails System continues to grow across Northwest Arkansas, so does the running community throughout our incredible region.  The 2nd Annual Springdale Downtown Runaround, sponsored by The Jones Center and Camp War Eagle, is a family-style race event consisting of a 1 Mile Fun Run, a 5K Distance, and a 10K Distance that highlight the beautiful aspects of the Razorback Greenway and other scenic Springdale trails.



2nd Annual Springdale Downtown Runaround

by Jake Lane

As activity on the Razorback Greenway Trails System continues to grow across Northwest Arkansas, so does the running community throughout our incredible region.

The 2nd Annual Springdale Downtown Runaround, sponsored by The Jones Center and Camp War Eagle, is a family-style race event consisting of a 1 Mile Fun Run, a 5K Distance, and a 10K Distance that highlight the beautiful aspects of the Razorback Greenway and other scenic Springdale trails.

Corey Bender, VP DMM of Household Paper & Chemicals at Walmart, participated in the first annual race last year and is already signed up for this year's event. "With the NWA community having such focus around running, biking, and other recreational activities, the Downtown Runaround is a great opportunity to promote the awareness of all of the wellness programs that The Jones Center provides to the community. It is also a great way to highlight the revitalization of Downtown Springdale. What a great event!" said Bender.

"The course is designed to highlight the natural beauty and local flavor of the downtown Springdale area. We're fortunate, some of the most stunning sections of the Razorback Greenway are located near Springdale, and participants will get to experience them throughout the race," said Meredith Cupp, race coordinator.

Springdale's running community has grown, and with it, more high-quality races have sprung up within the city.

"This race is becoming Springdale's premiere 5K, 10K, and Fun Run. We're expecting over 500 runners this year (doubling last year's total runners). There will be runners of all ability levels from across the region participating on Saturday, October 7th," said Ed Clifford, CEO of The Jones Center.

The Jones Center recently added a world-class fitness center with a large number of state-of-the-art treadmills. Coupled with an indoor track and programs for prospective runners to start their training, the Center has an outlet for runners of every level.

"We have continued to create more running-focused programs and events to cater towards the growing running community in NWA. Our annual "Couch to 5K" program begins 6-weeks before the Downtown Runaround and journeys a non-runner to 5K finisher in a month and a half," said Casi Shanks, Fitness Coordinator at The Jones Center.

The Jones Center is once again collaborating with Camp War Eagle's year-round program to coordinate the race efforts. Camp War Eagle provides volunteers, inflatables, and energy to facilitate this annual event.

"The Camp War Eagle staff is excited to help host the Downtown Runaround again this year. Our campers turned out in huge numbers last year for the 1-mile Fun Run, and we're expecting an even larger number this year for this top-notch event for families," said Scott Richards, Co-Director and Camp War Eagle 365.

Post Race: All distances are followed by an after-party, including pancakes, with fun for all ages. The 1 Mile Fun Run, "The Funnest Run," is an exciting adventure that takes place along the Razorback Greenway. The 5K and 10K courses showcase the best of Downtown Springdale including the Razorback Greenway, Luther George Park, Shiloh Square, The Jones Center, and local businesses.

Pancake Ticket: $2, Spectators, family members, friends, and anyone else who will be at the Downtown Runaround, but is not a registered runner, is welcome to purchase a $2 pancake ticket in order to enjoy delicious pancakes and bacon. Pancake tickets can also be purchased on the race registration site.

Race Entry: All race entries include an official 2017 Springdale Downtown Runaround T-shirt and a pancake and bacon breakfast immediately following the race. 5K and 10K entries include chip timing and course support.

Couch to 5K: In addition to the race, participants can also sign up for The Jones Center's annual Couch to 5K program. This is a 6-week training program (Aug 28-Oct 7) ending with the Springdale Downtown Runaround 5K race. Couch to 5K is designed for someone who is currently sitting on the couch but wants to run a 5K in 6 weeks. A training plan is provided with instructor led group runs. The $35 fee includes entry to Downtown Runaround 5K. Registration is open to individuals 13 years and older. Younger children are welcome to run/walk along at the parent's discretion but must remain with the parent throughout the activity. Weekly group runs start at 5:30 pm on Mondays.

More Details

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: The Jones Center, JTL Plaza in Springdale

Cost: $15 and up

Link: Website.