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 5 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 will be available for runners who expect to take over 2 1/2 hours to finish. Any runner taking the early start who finishes under 2:15 will be given a finish time of 2:15. Any early starter who finishes ahead of the overall winner will be disqualified and may be barred from future participation in the 20K.
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.
STRIDER MEMBERS get a $5 discount IF they mail in their entry or register on race day.
There will be a $100 prize for the male and female winner who break the course record.
Male record: 1:03:43 (1984) Female record: 1:15:50 (1992)
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.
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.
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3 deep in the following categories: Overall M/F, Masters (ages 40-49) M/F, Grand Masters (50-59) M/F, Seniors (60 & over) M/F, 25-29 M/F through 55-59 M/F.
3 Deep in all other age divisions
The awards ceremony will be held in the high school arena at approximately 10:30 or 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.
There will be post-race refreshments. Showers are available in the Arena until about 10:30am
Call (501) 517-7393 or e-mail with any further questions.
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