Arkansas Run­ner 2M set for Satur­day

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The Sa­line County

Striders are work­ing to en­cour­age chil­dren and the com­mu­nity to get ac­tive with the Arkansas Run­ner 2M, sched­uled to kick off at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sa­line County’s River­side Park lo­ca­tion on Satur­day.

The 2-mile run will be­gin at 7:30 a.m. Day-of reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 6:30 a.m.

The 1-mile fun run for chil­dren ages 15 and younger will start at 8:30 a.m. While the fun run is free for chil­dren, they still need to regis­ter in ad­vance so the Striders can know how many par­tic­i­pa­tion medals and shirts they need to en­sure ev­ery child gets one.

“It is all about pro­mot­ing run­ning and a healthy life­style from a young age,” said Race Di­rec­tor Chris Hall.

That is why the Striders have cho­sen to part­ner with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The Clubs will re­ceive the pro­ceeds from the run and also pro­vide staff to help work the event.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port and all they things they do to put this on,” Hall said.

The cost for the run will be $10 for run­ners 14 and younger and $20 for adults who sign up in ad­vance or $25 the day of the race. Shirts are in­cluded with reg­is­tra­tion, but cor­rect size can­not be guar­an­teed.

Reg­is­tra­tion, packet pick up and the race start will all be at the Club.

From the Club, run­ners will go to Air­lane Drive to Dale to Ci­ti­zen’s Way up to the frontage road and end at the Club. The course will be pri­mar­ily within the River­side Park area.

The race timer for the run is Arkansas Run­ner LLC.

Un­less in­cli­mate weather ar­rives, Hall plans to have a wa­ter sta­tion set up at the race’s 1-mile mark.

The Striders will only call off the run if there is light­ning or the rain is too strong. If it rains with no light­en­ing the race will go on or it could be pushed back by half an hour. If it is called off for rain, Hall said they would work to try to resched­ule, de­pend­ing on the lo­gis­tics.

So far, 207 par­tic­i­pants have signed up, but Hall said the Striders usu­ally hope for 300.

He said the Striders are a lo­cal run­ning club af­fil­i­ated with the Road Run­ners Club of Amer­ica.

“We wanted a healthy ac­tiv­ity in Sa­line County so we chose run­ning,” Hall said.

They par­tic­i­pate in races, put on races and en­cour­age peo­ple to be ac­tive.

He be­lieves this race is great for those who want to give rac­ing a try.

“It is a short dis­tance on a pro­tected course with plenty of space,” Hall said. “There will be a lot of peo­ple cheer­ing.”

He added it is a good way to get a feel for a race.

He said there may be peo­ple who fin­ish in 10 min­utes and some in an hour and the Striders will sup­port both.

There will be awards given for the top three for male and and fe­male from each age group and over­all male and fe­male awards.

The race’s sponsors are Arkansas Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive Cor­po­ra­tion, Farm Bureau In­surance, Re­gions Bank, Yoakum, Lovell & Co. Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­coun­tants, Bryant Fam­ily Phar­macy, Baxley-pen­field­moudy Real­tors and Ben­ton Parks and Recre­ation.

A link to sign up for the run can be found on the Arkansas Run­ner 2M Face­book event page, at www.run­signup.com by searching for the event, or at www.salinecoun­tystrid­ers.com.

The next race held by the Striders will be the Arkansas 20K on Sept. 21 at River­side Park.

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