Doing Good: Downtown Runaround Event Benefits the Jones Center

SPRINGDALE, AR -- - Getting fit and helping to preserve a community resource is as easy as strapping on a pair of running shoes and hitting the pavement. All you have to do is get registered for the Jones Center Downtown Runaround.

Eleven year old Springdale sixth-grader Passion Perez loves running and wants you to join her in this year's Downtown Runaround for one simple reason.

"It's not very complicated," Passion offered. "You don't have to run the whole entire thing. You can walk or just enjoy the view."

Passion knows a thing or two about how fun the Jones Center sponsored race is.

"I was the first female finisher in the 5k run," Passion said proudly.

She was the first female to finish the run ever. So she has cemented her place in the history of this now annual event. Debbie Higgins, who teaches fitness courses at the Jones Center, shares why first-timers should lace up.

"If you've never run a 5k before, this would be a great one to start with because it's community supported," Higgins explained. "The fans are out there to cheer you on. Yeah, it would be a great first 5k for anybody to do."

The course takes you all around the downtown Springdale area and shows off all the improvements the city has been working on. All ages are welcome to take part and it is a popular event among the kids from Camp War Eagle's running club.

"They love being cheered on and they love seeing all the different people," Camp War Eagle After School Program Site Director Samantha Harp shared. "They love seeing more like professional runners, which were just older people -- you know our age -- running in the race, doing something they love, doing something that is really cool and accomplishes something."

And if the run itself is not enough to tempt you, Passion served up another reason why you need to join her.

"There's pancakes for two dollars," Passion said simply.

Registration for the Downtown Runaround is open now, with the race scheduled for October 7. There are multiple runs you can take part in, which include a 5K, 10K and a one mile fun run. You can find more information about the event, as well as prices and how to register, by clicking here.


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