Important Updates Regarding COVID-19 and the Cow Paddy Run
Dear Cow Paddy Community,
We appreciate your patience as news has been coming in left and right about events being canceled here in Northwest Arkansas to keep communities as safe as possible during the rapidly progressing outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. As you may have heard, Mayor Jordan declared a State of Emergency for the City of Fayetteville just this morning.
Therefore, in alignment with city and state officials, local organizations, and compassion for the community at large, we are currently pausing all online registrations for the 2020 Cow Paddy Run as we assess the development of the situation.
Although the race is still four weeks out, we believe it is important to exercise an abundance of caution. The well-being of our runners, volunteers, sponsors, and community partners is always our top priority, and we appreciate your understanding of this rapidly evolving situation.
We are working diligently to review all available information and protocols and will make a determination regarding postponement by April 1 at the absolute latest. Per our policy, your registration fee is not refundable; however, we will honor all registrations at the postponed date. Alternatively, you may elect to defer until the 2021 race date or request a donation receipt for your unused registration.
Melissa A. Caffrey
Executive Director | The Spark Foundation
About the Race
Get ready for family-friendly fun on the run at the Cow Paddy Run at Gulley Park! This is one of the oldest group races in Fayetteville and was started to promote education and active lifestyles back in the 1980s. The Spark Foundation revived this run in 2011 as part of our mission to create fun and accessible opportunities for physical activity in our community.
There’s a 5K for adults and older kids and a 1K Fun Run for the little ones. Don’t worry though, because there aren’t any real cow paddies to avoid. The name is just part of the tradition of this race, which has played a big part in developing Fayetteville’s pro-fitness, pro-fun culture over the years!
Proceeds go to Fayetteville Public Schools and Spark’s outreach programs, both of which support innovative education projects around health and fitness in our local schools and community.
Congratulations to Mira from Butterfield for winning last year's Design Contest, and to Yahya and Nico for coming in 2nd and 3rd place! We loved seeing the artwork from all our young artists. The winning design was featured on the race shirt. These top three finalists also received cash prizes and FREE race entries.
Head over to the Design Contest page to learn more and get your design ready for 2020!
The Spark Foundation
The Cow Paddy Run is produced by and benefits The Spark Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to create a positive impact in the community by providing increased access to health and fitness education and opportunities. The Spark Foundation supports pioneering projects around health and fitness through its keystone fund with Fayetteville Public Education Foundation as well as mini-grants for area schools and clubs.