Registration still open for Women Run/Walk

More than 2,000 have registered for the 19th Annual Women Can Run/Walk 5K planned 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Conway.

The event is presented by The Sporty Runner.

Registration is currently at 2,200 and will be closed at 2,500, according to Amanda Castillo, WRA board member. Online registration has ended but women can still register Thursday and Friday at packet pickup if spots are available.

Packet pickup will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Sporty Runner and 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.

The 5K will begin and end at Conway High at 2300 Prince St. The 5K is preceded by the Women Can Run/Walk Pasta Party at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at First United Methodist Church (1610 Prince Street.). The guest speaker is Jan Seeley, race co-director of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Weekend which has more than 20,000 participants. She was also the publisher and co-owner of the magazine "Marathon and Beyond" for more than 17 years. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at

The Women Can/Run Walk Arkansas Clinics and 5K began in 1997 with a desire to help women lead a healthier lifestyle and to empower them – 19 years later, the tradition continues.

The theme of this year’s Women Can Run/Walk 5K is It was always a cape. The logo changes the traditional women’s bathroom sign to a superhero silhouette. “The board wanted a theme that truly celebrated women and the many super powers they have in juggling families, careers and fitting in time for themselves” said Castillo. “The experience of the 10-week clinic, realizing their strengths and simply having the courage to put one foot in front of the other to get to the finish line is something to celebrate.”

The Women Can Run/Walk 5K is an all-women’s 5K, open to women of all ages and abilities. Each year, free 10-week clinics are offered all around the state to help prepare women of all fitness levels for the graduation/5K. All ladies from across the state are invited to participate, whether they took part in a clinic or not.