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The Valentine's Day 5K

2016 Grand Prix Race #3
Russellville, AR - February 13, 2016 - 9:00 am for all runners

Race Highlights

  • Race hosted by the River Valley Runners
  • New course for 2016: Arkansas Tech University
  • Free 1 mile kids' run after the 5K.
  • The 2005 Valentine's Day 5K race shirt is commonly regarded as the best shirt of all time.

Directions to the Starting Line

From I-40:
Take Exit 81 in Russellville. West-bound traffic will have to turn left on Aspen Ln, then take an immediate left onto Arkansas Ave (AR Hwy 7). East-bound traffic will exit onto Arkansas Ave, and should turn right.

Once on Arkansas Ave, drive south for about 3 miles to North Coliseam Drive.

Address: 1604 N Coliseum Dr, Russellville, AR 72801

Race History

The Valentine's Day 5K dates back to the 1980's when it was known as the "Serendipity Run". 1994 marked the race's first inclusion in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series.

    Course Records:
  • Male Overall: Wayne Stanley - 15:14 (1992)
  • Female Overall: Leah Thorvilson - 17:02 (2012)
  • Male Masters: Tom Aspel - 15:52 (1996)
  • Female Masters: Jean Hollander - 20:35 (1994)

Course Description

The race starts on a paved trail within the Bona Dea Wildlife Sanctuary. Runners will stay on these trails throughout the race. The course forms a large loop before gradually making its way out of the forest and back to the Bona Dea Trailhead area for the finish line. With no roads to cross, there is little outside distraction for the runners. It is a flat course which oftens yields PR times due to the typically cool weather.

Sweetheart Competition

A special feature of the Valentine's Day 5K is the chance to team up with a sweetheart for additional prizes! Runners have the option of entering with their spouse in the Married Sweethearts Division, or teaming up with a "friend" in the Unmarried Sweethearts Division. The finishing times for the two Sweethearts will be added together to compete against other couples' composite times. The Sweetheart competition is in additional to the male/female individual races and does not affect an individual's time, placing, or award in the overall race.

For further information, contact:
Tom Aspel, Race Director