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On your mark, get set, go online to register for the Bentonville Running Festival set for March 31. You can make this part of your get fit resolution for 2012, because that is one of your resolutions, right?
The festival starts with a Runner’s Health and Wellness Expo at the Doubletree Suites hotel in Bentonville on Thursday, March 29. The expo will feature vendors with products and services for runners and running enthusiasts, and is open to the public as well as race participants. All runners must pick up their timing chip, race number, shirt and goodie bag at the expo. No packet pick up will be available the morning of the race.
The Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 31. The route winds through tree-lined streets, quaint residential neighborhoods, city parks, and finishes on one of Bentonville’s urban trails. It is a loop beginning and ending at the square. The 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. and the Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Both of those races are new courses this year. A race party on the downtown square lasts until 1 p.m. with presentation of all awards at 11:30 on the Main Stage. The party includes live music, food, vendors, and inflatables for kids.
If you don’t run, just head down to the square to cheer on the racers and enjoy the day.