Cow Paddy Run

Sat April 11, 2020 Fayetteville, AR US 72703 Directions

5K Run

$25 4:30PM CDT - 5:30PM CDT Price increases after February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

1K Fun Run

$20 4:00PM CDT - 4:20PM CDT Price increases after February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

10th Year 10K

$35 4:30PM CDT - 6:10PM CDT Price increases after February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CST
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2020 Spark Race Series

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2020 Spark Race Series (+ Training Program)

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5K2Half: Cow Paddy Run & Hero Half Marathon

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Gulley Park
1850 E. Township Street
Fayetteville, AR US 72703

Get ready for family-friendly fun on the run at the Cow Paddy Run at Gulley Park! This is one of the oldest group races in Fayetteville and was started to promote education and active lifestyles back in the 1980s. The Spark Foundation revived this run in 2011 as part of our mission to create fun and accessible opportunities for physical activity in our community.

There’s a 5K for adults and older kids and a 1K Fun Run for the little ones. Don’t worry though, because there aren’t any real cow paddies to avoid. The name is just part of the tradition of this race, which has played a big part in developing Fayetteville’s pro-fitness, pro-fun culture over the years!  

Proceeds go to the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation and Spark’s outreach programs, both of which support innovative education projects in our local schools.

It's the 10th Anniversary of the Return of Cow Paddy Run! We're celebrating by adding a 10K just for this year!

Our annual Cow Paddy Run Costume Contest returns with prizes for "Best Dressed" and "Craziest Cow". We've seen people run in full mascot costumes, coordinating team outfits, and more. Join in the fun! We moved the Cow Paddy Run back to a Saturday to accommodate runners and families outside of Fayetteville. Please join us for a full day of fun at Gulley Park in Fayetteville.

Both elementary AND middle schools in Fayetteville are eligible for the annual participation prize, and we're adding more awards! Make sure that your students, teachers, parents, alumni, friends, and family all select YOUR SCHOOL to be in the running for highest Cow Paddy Run participation.
1st Place - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

We've also added a prize for the non-Fayetteville school with the most participants: $500!

We know that race fees can be prohibitive and we're dedicated to making running accessible to all. We offer scholarships through school and community running clubs and P.E. programs. Email Melissa at to find out more.

*** Please note: In order to guarantee a race t-shirt (short-sleeved cotton with winning design), you must register and select a size no later than March 15, 2020. If you register on or after March 16, 2020, we can no longer guarantee a race t-shirt. We will have some extra shirts available on race, but please register before March 16, 2020, to ensure your t-shirt in your desired size. ***

All proceeds benefit The Spark Foundation, a local Fayetteville nonprofit to create a positive impact in the community by providing increased access to health and fitness education and opportunities. Thank you for joining us in helping people of all ages (and paces!) build the habits for a healthy, active lifestyle. More information about The Spark Foundation, its programs, and other races can be found at

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