River Valley Nonprofit Hosting a Unique Run for the Fifth Year


Forget the typical tights and sweatpants! A River Valley nonprofit will have people running around in tutus.

The Western Arkansas Ballet will host its 5th annual 5K and Quarter Marathon Run. Runners are encouraged to wear creative tutus, and the best tutu will be decided at the end of the race. 

“We’ve seen bright colorful rainbow ones. I’ve seen guys wearing tutus with kilts for a little added bit,” said Melissa Vitale, who is on the board for the nonprofit. “It was a lot of fun last year to see the different costumes.”

Proceeds will go toward the ballet for things such as costumes and classes for kids.

Melissa Schoenfeld, executive artistic director for the ballet, said people should support the ballet because of the way it molds children in the community. 

“We believe the ballet and the arts are so good for kids,” Schoenfeld said. “It teaches them self- discipline, it teaches them how to overcome problems, and build their own self confidence.”

The race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 12. Runners will meet at 121 Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith starting at 7 a.m. and a pancake breakfast will follow.

Runners can register day of, but to register ahead of time, click here.

To find out if the weather will affect the race, check out the Western Arkansas Ballet Facebook page.

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