Registration opens for Kids Run Arkansas

Registration has opened for the sixth annual Kids Run Arkansas, a one-mile and three-mile fun run/walk for kids of all ages in Arkansas.

Kids Run Arkansas will be held 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Laurel Park in Conway. Participants may choose the one-mile or three-mile route and families are encouraged to participate. The cost is $9 per child. The registration includes an official Kids Run Arkansas shirt, finisher’s ribbon and goody bag. A special registration rate is also available for a family of four: $28.

The top three schools with the highest percentage of registrants will be awarded funds to use for their physical education program. There are no race chips or places in this race; it is geared for fitness and fun.

Heather Kendrick is the race director this year and Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is the corporate sponsor.

"Kids Run Arkansas is the perfect opportunity for families to get outside and be active together. For many kids this is their first ‘run’ experience, and it’s a positive atmosphere where they can see how great it feels to cross that finish line amidst cheers and fanfare,” said Kendrick. “With the rise of childhood obesity-related illnesses, it’s more important than ever to show kids that exercise is fun. Kids Run Arkansas does just that."

Kids Run Arkansas is continuing to grow in other Arkansas towns and cities. Benton and Bryant are new satellite hosts for 2014; Clarksville and Jonesboro were both satellite hosts the previous years. Hosts offer Kids Run Arkansas within their community to help bring awareness to the importance of physical activity in youth and working to help combat childhood obesity.

A registration form is available at or the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center, located at 700 Salem Road in Conway. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 1.

For more information or to volunteer/sponsor, contact Kendrick ([email protected]) at 450.9292, ext. 305, or Amanda Castillo ([email protected]) at 450.9292, ext. 307.