Saturday, October 20, 2018 • Conway, AR • Course Map
Just over 980 runners crossed the finish line at the fall 2016 running of Conway’s Soaring Wings Half Marathon, which takes runners on an out-and-back loop course of this northern Arkansas town that lies just a short drive north of Little Rock.
This year marks the race’s 9th annual running, after its inaugural running in 2009 served as the Half Marathon Championship race for the Arkansas chapter of the Road Runners Clubs of America.
From the starting line near the McGee Center on College Avenue, runners follow a course that unfolds almost entirely along paved roads through Conway’s city streets and neighborhoods, with the exception of one stretch of trails between miles 1 and 2, along the city’s Tucker Creek Trail.
Set just a few miles east of the Arkansas River which winds its way around the city, the course takes runners within a few blocks of the University of Central Arkansas campus as well as past three of the green, tree-lined golf courses and country clubs around the edges of the city.
Race organizers add that while much of the course is fast and flat, there are some rolling uphill and downhill stretches that runners can expect to encounter along the course, though none are exceptionally challenging.
Proceeds from the race benefit the locally based Soaring Wings Ranch, a Christian home for children “who need a chance,” as organizers note, which helps children who are from environments in which they’ve been abused, abandoned or neglected receive the support, care and structure they need.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Arkansas, just over 30 miles north of Little Rock, the city of Conway typically experiences mild to moderately warm fall seasons, which are a welcome relief from the usually quite hot summers the area typically sees every year.
On race day (Oct. 20), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
- 2017 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Soaring Wings Half Marathon Results
- $55 – $75 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Soaring Wings Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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