Van Davis Memorial 5K

Ready, Set Go!

Features of the Van Davis Memorial 5K:

  • Chip-timed
  • USATF-certified course
  • Overall and Top-3 in each male and female age division awards
  • Flat course
  • Proceeds go to Van Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund at National Park College

Where: Whittington Park -- Hot Springs, Arkansas

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Registration OpensNovember 20

  • Are you interested in a fast course that runs through the nation’s first national park?
  • Do you need a practice race to prepare for an upcoming marathon?
  • Do you need to get back in shape after the holidays?
  • Are you interested in providing scholarships to students that need your help to reach their educational goals?
  • Do you want to honor Van Davis, who taught at National Park College for more than 30 years?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Van Davis Memorial 5K is the race for you. Located in Whittington Park in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, the course is flat and fast. It’s a perfect course for the first-timer, and the chip-timed event is a great venue for those seeking a PR. Strategically scheduled for six weeks into the new year, it gives everyone the opportunity to meet their new year’s health and fitness goals. Join us to make a difference for yourself and for the community.

Register now as a Runner/Walker or -- for those of you that want to support us while nestled in your bed -- as avirtual participant. Register Online Now!

Kids Fun Run

Bring your kids out to enjoy the fun!  The Kids Fun Run race is for children age 10 and under.  All children will receive a finishers gift! 


In case of inclement weather

In the event where the National Park Service declares that the roads are to be closed or are too hazardous to conduct the race, the event will be cancelled and not be rescheduled.  If this occurs, all registrants will still receive their t-shirt and be eligible for a discount for next year's event.  You may contact the NPC foundation office for details.  Contact Sara Brown at 501-760-4129.

In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions beyond our control we hope that you will consider this a donation to a very worthy cause and try again next year.