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Who will be­come The Eurekan? Who will be­come the Half-Eurekan?

Eureka Springs is the place to be this week­end for run­ners, rid­ers and swim­mers. All can com­pete in a mul­ti­sport fes­ti­val dubbed The Eurekan.

The fes­ti­val crams four events into three days.

First up is a triathlon Fri­day at the Hol­i­day Is­land Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 13 Buck­skin Lane, Hol­i­day Is­land. Satur­day is bike day with a mul­ti­tude of rides and races of var­i­ous dis­tances, all be­gin­ning at Vic­to­ria Inn, 4028 E. Van Buren St. in Eureka Springs. Fi­nally, Sun­day is for the run­ners, with a 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run, all be­gin­ning at the Eureka Springs City Au­di­to­rium and Court­house, 44 S. Main St.

These events can be taken in­di­vid­u­ally, but for the truly ded­i­cated (de­ranged?) en­durance ath­letes, there is a pack­age deal re­ferred to as “The Eurekan.” Com­pet­ing for the ti­tle en­tails com­plet­ing cer­tain events each day.

For The Eurekan, the triathlon at 2 p.m. Fri­day has a 300-yard swim, a seven-mile bike ride and a two-mile run that must be com­pleted in 1½ hours or less. At 7 a.m. Satur­day, par­tic­i­pants must com­plete the 100mile ride in 9.5 hours. At 7:45 a.m. Sun­day, The Eurekan qual­i­fier is the 10K, which also has a 1½-hour time limit.

There is also a “Half Eurekan,” which still in­volves do­ing Fri­day’s triathlon but “only” a 62-mile ride Satur­day and a 5K Sun­day.

The min­i­mum age to try for the full or Half Eurekan is 16, and or­ga­niz­ers say, “No ex­cep­tions.”

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til Thurs­day. Do­ing The Eurekan costs $175, and the Half Eurekan costs $140. Com­peti­tors in the full or half must have a USA Triathlon li­cense. A one-event li­cense can be bought for $15 at reg­is­tra­tion (an­nual li­censes cost $50).

In­di­vid­ual events are priced sep­a­rately, and some also re­quire rac­ing li­censes. Helmets must be worn dur­ing any cycling event.

Packet pickup and late reg­is­tra­tion will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day at Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W. Van Buren St. This will be the ab­so­lute last chance to reg­is­ter for the triathlon or The Eurekan.

An­other packet pickup will be of­fered from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fri­day at the Hol­i­day Is­land Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. Other in­di­vid­ual event reg­is­tra­tion dead­lines and packet pick­ups are listed with the full sched­ule and on­line reg­is­tra­tion at eu­rekas­ports­fes­ti­val.com.

The awards cer­e­mony for all events will be­gin at 11 a.m. Sun­day at the Eureka Springs City Au­di­to­rium and Court­house, with re­fresh­ments and door prizes for at­ten­dees.

Run With the Son 5K

The Run With the Son 5K will be­gin at 8 a.m. Satur­day at Geyer Springs First Bap­tist Church of Lit­tle Rock, 12400 In­ter­state 30.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion costs $25. A one-mile fun run will be­gin at 9 a.m. Satur­day, and a 100-yard tot­trot for ages 2 to 5 will be­gin at 9:30. The fun run and the tot trot are $10 each. Race-day reg­is­tra­tion will cost an ex­tra $5.

Packet pickup will be from noon to 6 p.m. Fri­day at the church. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit lo­cal min­istries Break­ing the Chains and John 3:16.

For on­line reg­is­tra­tion go to gsfbc.org/run.

Hope Wa­ter­melon 5K

The Hope Wa­ter­melon Fes­ti­val is Thurs­day through Satur­day. There will be mu­sic, a car show, a baggo tour­na­ment and a 5K.

The 5K will be­gin at 7:30 a.m. Satur­day at Fair Park, 800 Mock­ing­bird Lane in Hope. The start­ing line is on the eastern edge of the park at Ful­ton Street and Park Drive.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til Fri­day for $25. Kids can reg­is­ter for the Melon Mile for $8. It be­gins after the 5K at about 8:45 a.m. Satur­day.

The course is USA Track & Field cer­ti­fied, and this is the 12th race in the 2017 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix.

Rac­ers will find show­ers, swim­ming and wa­ter­melon after their run.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit hope­wa­ter­mel­on­fest.com. To reg­is­ter for the 5K, visit run­signup.com and search for “Hope Wa­ter­melon 5K.”

479 Bash & Dash 5K

The 479 Bash & Dash 5K will be­gin at 7 a.m. Satur­day, ben­e­fit­ing and be­gin­ning at the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, 5434 W. Walsh Lane in Rogers.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til Thurs­day for $30. A one-mile fun run be­gins at 7:45 a.m. Satur­day for $15.

Packet pickup will be dur­ing a fam­ily-cen­tered block party, with food and en­ter­tain­ment from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri­day at the can­cer so­ci­ety of­fice.

Awards will be given three-deep to the fastest male and fe­male run­ners over­all and by age group. All par­tic­i­pants in the fun run will re­ceive a par­tic­i­pa­tion medal.

For on­line reg­is­tra­tion, visit bit. ly/bash­dashrun.

Lit­tle Rock Marathon

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 2018 Lit­tle Rock Marathon (which will again be the first week­end in March) opened Tuesday.

Marathon reg­is­tra­tion cur­rently costs $90, and the first price in­crease will be Oct. 14. For com­par­i­son pur­poses, a last-minute reg­is­tra­tion for the marathon at the Health and Fit­ness Expo (pro­vided there are any left to be had) will cost $150.

Or­ga­niz­ers re­leased their an­nual theme-re­veal­ing video via Face­book on July 27. There was a bit of con­fu­sion over whether the theme was gener­i­cally medieval or specif­i­cally Monty Python and the Holy Grail, be­cause the video made di­rect Holy Grail ref­er­ences. Be as­sured: The of­fi­cial theme is medieval — cas­tles, knights, dragons.

To fig­ure out the air-speed ve­loc­ity of an un­laden swal­low or to sign up for the free train­ing pro­gram, visit lit­tle­rock­marathon.com.

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