Arkansas Runner 2M set for Saturday
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.