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Sat November 17, 2018 Hot Springs, AR US 71901 Directions
*Olympic Medalist and American Long Distance Runner, Deena Kastor will be the official race starter for all 3 races!
*New - North Mountain Has Joined West Mountain for the Summit 2 Summit Half Marathon!
Run Through The National Park

Summit 2 Summit Half Marathon

7:00AM CST - 10:30AM CST
RRCA Grand Prix State Championship Race

Spa 10K

7:45AM CST - 10:00AM CST
Fast and Flat Course

5K Run/Walk

8:00AM CST - 9:30AM CST
School Competition

The XC 10K - Cross City Championship

7:45AM CST - 9:30AM CST
Ages 2 - 10

Spa Squirt Race

9:30AM CST - 10:00AM CST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

134 Convention Boulevard
Hot Springs, AR US 71901
The Spa Running Festival presented by Window Mart - Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K Squirt Race

*Olympic Medalist and American Marathon Record Holder, Deena Kastor will be the official race starter for all 3 races!

The Spa Running Festival is an event for everyone ..... kids, walkers, beginners to elite runners and those that like a challenge!  This  year will be the 37th running of the Spa 10K and it has been selected by the RRCA Grand Prix Series to be a State Championship Race. The 5K is fast and flat course and for both walkers and runners! The 1K Squirt Race is for kids 2 - 10 years of age.  The challenging Half Marathon returns for the 4th year!  It's a challenge but you get to run through the National Park and on both mountains, North Mountain AND West Mountain! Are You Up To The Summit 2 Summit Half Marathon Challenge? 

The Festival has received national recognition in the running community. Runner’s World Magazine featured the Spa Running Festival in the November 2015 edition and the 10K received recognition in Runner’s World Bucket List: 10 Races In or Near National Parks.

Benefits of the Spa Running Festival:
♦  Deena Kastor, Olympic Medalist & American Marathon Record Holder is our "Official Race Starter" & there will be a Meet & Greet after the race in the Post Race Finishing Area. 
♦ Expo on Friday from 12:00 - 7:00 pm at Convention Center Grand Lobby 
♦ RRCA State Region 10K Championship Race  
♦ Long Sleeve Technical Shirt 
♦ Non-Returnable Souvenir Timing Chips 
♦ Finisher Medal for Summit 2 Summit Half Marathon 
♦ Finisher Medal for 10K and 5K participants
♦ Fast and Flat Course for 5K
♦ Corral Starts
♦ Team Registration 

♦ Finish Line Festival area includes Hot Soup, Pizza and Beer Tent

Come and enjoy the Expo on Friday at our new location in the Hot Springs Convention Center Grand Lobby; then after the race hang around to enjoy great food, the beer tent, picture taking, socializing and bragging rights that you conquered (BOTH) mountains.   

Proceeds from the race benefits 3 great organizations:  Friends of the Parks, Teen Challenge of Arkansas and the Spa Pacers Running Club - Buzz Wilson Scholarship Program. 

The Spa Running Festival has a race for every family member so Come Run With Us through the National Park, Saturday, November 17th for the 37th running of this landmark event in beautiful, historic downtown Hot Springs!

Race Contact Info

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Race Information
Start times:  All races start and finish on Convention Blvd. in front of Embassy Suites. The Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am, the Spa 10K  at 7:45 am and the 5K Run/Walk at 8:00 am. The Squirt 1K Race starts at 9:30 am - also on Convention Blvd in the lane next to the Food Court area and the kids will run down Convention Blvd towards East Grand. 

Course Safety: While for safety reasons we discourage the use of earbuds and headphones, we do not impose a ban on such devices. But if you’re wearing headphones, how will you hear the crowd cheering at the finish line? Animals are not allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants. Because the safety of all participants is a priority, wearing roller skates or pushing strollers of any kind are not allowed in any of the events for the race.

Race Day Packet-up and Late Registration: Race Day packet pick-up and registration start at 6:00 am - 7:30 am at the Convention Center Summit Arena Lower Lobby (the entrance closest to Embassy Suites).  Note:  Restrooms are located at the top of the escalators. 

2018 race results

Click here for 5k and 10k results.

Click here for Summit 2 Summit Half Marathon results.


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Presenting Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor
Training Program Health Initiative Sponsor
Finisher Medal Lanyard Sponsor
Volunteer Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Spa Squirt Sponsor
National Sponsors