- Race hosted by the Arkansas Running Klub
- Arkansas State Championship race for the 5K distance
- 2013 will be the 32nd running of the ARK 5K on Labor Day weekend
- USATF Course Certification #: AR10016DLP
- Proceeds benefit the Arkansas River Trail
Directions to the Starting Line
From I-40 westbound take exit 150 (Burns Park).
Turn left at the stop sign, onto Charles Boyer Dr. Turn right at the stop sign onto Military Dr. Take the 2nd left at Fun Land Dr.
Registration is at the Dr Ratcliff pavilion next to the soft ball fields.
From Conway take I-40 east to exit 150 (Burns Park). Turn left at the stop sign onto Military Road. Take the 2nd left onto Fun Land Drive to drive to the Dr. Radcliff Pavilion
The Arkansas Running Klub has held this 5K race in North Little Rock on
Labor Day weekend dating back to 1982. In the early years, the race was known
as the Twin City Bank (TCB) 5K and held in Burns Park. Martin Fulk and Diane
Marshall won the inaugural running in 1982. Mike Clark set a then Burns Park course
record in 1983, clocking a 15:15 finish. Diane Marshall won again in 1983
and 1984, setting the Burns Park female course record in '84 with a 17:55
The TCB 5K joined the Grand Prix Series in 1983 - the second year of operation
for both the race and the Series. After a change in sponsorship, the race was
known as the Mercantile Bank 5K from 1996 to 1999. In 2000,
the race course moved out of Burns Park to the North Little Rock Riverfront/Argenta
area. The name was also changed that year to the ARK Fast 5K - reflecting the
new course's flat topography. Minor tweaks in the course and name continued
in the 00 decade as the race was subsequently known as the River Run 5K (2003),
Riverfront 5K (2004-05, 2010) and the Clear Mountain 5K (2006-2009). In 2010, the race moved back to Burns Park under the name ARK 5K Classic. Leah Thorvilson ran 17:32 that year to beat the old Burns Park course record.
A source of stability
amid the changes in name and course is the race's affiliation with the Arkansas
Grand Prix Series. The ARK 5K has remained part of
the Series (always on Labor Day weekend) every year since 1983.
Along with the Spa 10K which also joined in 1983, the ARK 5K has the longest
run of any race with the Grand Prix Series. The race has often served
as an Arkansas State Championship event and was selected as the RRCA National
Championship 5K in 1987.
The ARK 5K back in Burns Park where it all began. The new/old course is an oval loop around Fun Land, the baseball fields and the tennis courts as well as the softball complex, finishing on Joe Poch Rd. near the intersection with Fun Land Drive.
For further information, contact:
Kirk Riley, Race Director