Arkansas Grand Prix Series
September 19, 2015
(Links to the 2015 entry form and to on-line entry will be added later.)
The Arkansas 20K starts in front of the Benton High School Cook Field House on Border Street. The course then follows Sevier Street through downtown Benton, past the historic Saline County Courthouse, through residential areas, across the Sevier Street bridge over Interstate 30, and through additional residential areas. After turning right on Hwy 229 (Old Hwy. 67) and crossing the Saline River Bridge, the course continues out Hwy. 229 to Interstate 30 at the 4.7 mile point. The course turns right before reaching the I-30 underpass and follows the westbound access road to the turnaround approximately 3/10 mile past Mountain View Road.
Runners return by the same route and finish in front of Cook Field House.
All turns are marked with large signs with arrows. Turns the first and last 3 miles are also staffed by cadets from the Benton High School ROTC program.
The race will be chip timed
The course will remain open until 10:30 for slower runners. An early start option (7:00) MAY again be available for runners who expect to take over 2 1/2 hours to finish. That determination will be made in early 2015. Any runner taking the early start who finishes between 2:00 and 2:15 will be given a finish time of 2:15. Any early starter who finishes under 2 hours will be disqualified and may be barred from future participation in the 20K. Traffic control and aid support will be limited until the 7:30 race start.
Temperatures can range from the mid-50s to mid- 80s. Humidity can sometimes be high.
The 20K is an excellent test/training run for a fall marathon as well as a challenging race in its own right.
There will be a $100 prize for the male and female winner who breaks the course record.
Male Record: 1:03:43 (1984)
Female Record: 1:15:50 (1992)
General Information/Starting Time
The race will start at 7:30 am.
Cutoff time for the 20k finish will be 10:30 am.
The race will be chip timed.
To be updated in early 2015
STRIDER MEMBERS will receive a $5 discount IF they register by mail or on race day.
Race day entry fee $25 for Strider Members & age 18 & under
(No shirt, subtract $5 from entry fee, but minimum entry is $15 with or without a shirt)
All mail-in pre-registrations must be postmarked by September 12. Electronic registrations must be submitted by September 16.
No refunds after September 5
Shirts guaranteed to all runners pre-registered by September 1
Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration
6:15 am to 7:15 am race day
Benton High School Arena, Border Street, on the north side of the high school
There is no earlier packet pick-up available because the race HQ at Benton High School is not available until race day morning.
Interested in sponsoring the Arkansas 20k?
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3 Deep M & F Overall, Masters (ages 40-49), Grand Masters (50-59), Seniors (60 & over), 25-29 M/F through 55-59 M/F.
3 Deep in all other 5 year age division
The awards ceremony will be held in the high school arena as soon as possible after the results are available.
Aid stations will be located at approximately 2 to 2.5 mile intervals.
T-shirts guaranteed to all runners pre-registered by September 1.
A limited number of shirts will be available for other runners registering on race day on a first-come, first served basis.
Post Race Refreshments
Showers are available in the Arena until about 10:30am
Call (501) 517-7393 or e-mail with any further questions.
The $5 discount for Strider members is only available by using the printed entry form.