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Spa 10K

2018 Grand Prix Race #19
Hot Springs, AR - November 17, 2018- 8:00 AM

Race Highlights

  • Course includes a challenging section through Hot Springs National Park
  • Race is the apogee of a festive weekend in Hot Springs
  • 5K and half marathon (non-Grand Prix) held in conjunction with the 10K
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR02010DLP
  • 2018 RRCA State Championship for 10K

Directions to the Starting Line

From I-30:

Coming from the northeast: exit I-30 onto US-70 W (exit 111). Take US-70 (E Grand Ave) ~20 miles into Hot Springs and turn right onto Convention Blvd.

Coming from the southwest: exit I-30 onto US-270 (exit 98B). Take US-270 (Malvern Ave) 18 miles into Hot Springs and turn right at Convention Blvd.

Address: 134 Convention Blvd

Race History

The Spa 10K has been run in Hot Springs since 1982. In 1983, the Spa 10K was included in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series, which was also in its second year. The race has been a part of the Grand Prix ever since, often serving as the final race of the year in the Series. This climatic position has lead to many compelling showdowns in Hot Springs over the years, as championships are often won or lost on the Spa 10K course.

Course Description

The race starts at the Hot Springs Convention Center and travels west into the downtown area. Runners then turn onto historic Central Ave with the Hot Springs National Park Bathhouse row on one side of the street and the shops of downtown Hot Springs on the other. After passing the first mile marker, the course turns left at the Arlington Hotel to head onto Whittington Ave. The route then heads west along Whittington around a small park and passes the two mile marker.

The race turns back east on Whittington on the other side of the park and continues ahead for 1/2 mile. These first 2.5 miles have been a long uphill section, so gradual that many runners think the race has thus far been flat. The climb is no longer deceiving as the runners now turn right to face a monster climb up West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park. After a tough 1/2 mile hill, runners pass the 3 mile and 5K markers and are rewarded with a flat and slightly downhill section. Inexperienced Spa 10K runners will speed down this section thinking the hard part is over.

The course punishes novice runners with another monster uphill section, hidden from view by the course curves, which lasts over 1/3 of a mile and takes the race past the 4 mile marker. The fifth mile is the course's true reward for those who run smart in the first four miles. Runners can fly down the back of West Mountain, out of the park and onto Quapaw Ave to the 5th mile marker. The sixth mile is not as dramatic, but also features a nice downhill section from Quapaw to Market Street, then back to Convention Blvd to pass the 6th mile marker. Only a short, gradual downhill remains before finally crossing the finish line.

For further information, contact:
Cindy Baswell, Race Director