Stars, Stripes and Steps has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19th, this year only. We held a free, informal training run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th to honor America's fallen heroes by having the courage to get strong, but we will repeat that honor in September. 54 people showed up for the Memorial Day run. It was casual, fun, and we learned that safe distancing in a big park is easy, especially since participants were cooperative.
EARLY BIRD PRICES ARE REINSTATED AND GOOD THROUGH 9/7!
THREE - NEW: We are adding a fun-run, the Flip-Flop Romp, with no stairs for those who want to participate and support but cannot handle steps. Stroller and wheelchair friendly. The cost $10 and includes a souvenir bib, but no shirt or swag. Since the bibs are sponsored, the entire $10 will go to the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club.
Run, walk or stroll the historic staircases that connect Hot Springs' business and residential areas. Choose from 3 challenging and breathtakingly beautiful routes or one sweet, scenic fun-run with no staircases.
Welcome summer with friends, family and visitors as we honor the men and women who died to preserve our freedom.
Stay for a Community Day in the Park!
All three of our STAIR-CLIMBING routes navigate the trails, hills, streets and steps that make downtown Hot Springs such a beautiful place to run, walk or stroll.
Children four and under are welcome to accompany parents or guardians at no charge
(no tee shirts, bibs, medals or SWAG), but be aware that these stairs are steep and strollers are absolutely forbidden, except on the zero-stair flip-flop romp!
We are a walker-friendly event (please see the cautionary note for the Knee High Hilly Half Marathon). Some of our participants stroll the Sock Hop or Crazy Crew, window shopping and enjoying the scenery!
Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome, but you must follow the City's rules and regulations.
This new route was created to allow those who cannot climb, or those in wheel-chairs or pushing strollers, to participate in this event while supporting the local boys & girls club. The route will be out and back, marked for 1 or 2 mile distance, and we will not time participants. Of course, participants with limited ability may turn back at any point. Because the Flip-Flop Romp is only a $10 charge, it does not include shirts and swag, but participants will receive a free souvenir race bib. (They are pretty cute; you will want to collect them!) This route only is also available as a virtual climb.
This two mile route is a great "starter" stair climb, terrific for kids and also good for those who are recovering from injuries. Many fast runners like it too—we are always surprised when those speedsters cross the finish line like rockets! You will share your route with the Crazy Crew and the Knee High Halfers, making it lots of fun! You will pass two water stations along the way and lots of volunteers will cheer you on.
This challenging route is our most popular event among men, women and kids. Although only a mile longer than the Sock Hop, those three extra staircases make it much more challenging—in fact more challenging by far than your ordinary 5K. The dogs love it too! Lots of steps and gorgeous views. You can run or take your time. You will pass two water stations. You will share the route with the Sock Hoppers and Hilly Halfers, so you will never be lonely!
This route takes you on a challenging tour of the steeps and steps of Hot Springs and a bit beyond and is not for the faint of heart. There are serious hills to climb as well as a few reasonably flat miles to stretch your legs and take in those astounding Hot Springs vistas. And of course 744 steps to climb on five town core staircases and the one private staircase in what we like to call the "outer limits". This route is mostly on paved walkways, streets and highways but also includes a bit of meadow, one very rugged staircase (which you will also have to descend) and a few gravel roads. Walkers are permitted, but walking is not recommended. (A very fast walker can probably complete it in a reasonable time, but we do mean 'very'.) You will be supported in the town center with the same water stations as the shorter routes, and in the outer limits there will be roving support cars with water, encouragement and a bail-out ride if you need it. (But you won't need it 'cause you are training, right?)