Put on your running shorts, and pump up your Reeboks. It’s time for the Hogeye Marathon.
The 35th annual race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10 in front of the Cosmopolitan hotel near the Fayetteville square. Several other races are also scheduled for the weekend, including a half marathon, a 5k fun run, a corporate 5k challenge, a 4-person relay race, and a kids marathon.
“We have a lot to be excited about in 2011,” said marathon executive director Tabby Holmes. “It is the 35th year for the full marathon, the 10th year for the half marathon, our 4-person Relay is a special race being included in the Arkansas Grand Prix, and for the first time, we will have a kid’s marathon.”
The Hogeye Marathon began in 1976 as an out-and-back race from Fayetteville to the small town of Hogeye, Arkansas. This year, a less-hilly version of the course will make use of the Fayetteville trail system, and follow a 26.2-mile track around Lake Fayetteville, to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks before returning to the finish line on the square.
Organizers will bring in former Olympian Jeff Galloway to conduct a “running school” at the University of Arkansas Global Campus from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday, April 9, followed by a fitness expo from noon until 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the weekends’ events will benefit 7 Hills Homeless Shelter, Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation, The Jackson Graves Foundation, and the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas.
For more information, visit hogeyemarathon.com