Race Details

Race Day

Saturday, April 11, 2020 (18 weeks left!)

  • 3:00 pm: Festivities & Packet Pickup Open
  • 4:15 pm: T-shirt Contest Winners Recognized
  • 4:45 pm: Costume Contest
  • 4:55 pm: School Participation Winners Announced
  • 5:00 pm: 1K Fun Run Begins!
  • 5:05 pm: Food Tent Opens
  • 5:15 pm: 1K Awards Ceremony & Prizes
  • 5:30 pm: 5K Begins!
  • 6:00 pm: 5K Awards Ceremony & Prizes


Online Registration will open in early 2020

1K Registration: starts at $20.00
5K Registration: starts at $25.00


There will be limited in-person only registration at Rush Running on Friday during packet pickup (see below)


If you register BEFORE March 13, 2019, you are GUARANTEED a shirt in your selected size.

Please note: we must place our shirt order several weeks in advance. Those participants registering on or after March 13, 2020, will receive a race T-shirt on a first-come, first-served basis. Cow Paddy Run cannot guarantee any size offerings or availability. Shirts will be available at packet pickup on the day before the race or on race day (see Packet Pickup below). Thank you for your understanding!

Need financial assistance?

We know that race fees can be prohibitive and we're dedicated to making running accessible to all. We offer need-based scholarships through school and community running clubs and P.E. programs. Email Melissa at director@mysparkfoundation.org to find out more.


Click HERE for the UPDATED 5K route on Strava
or click below to download the course maps (3MB pdf)

1K Map 5K Map

Packet Pickup




Gulley Park Gazebo
Saturday, April 11 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
1850 E. Township St.
Fayetteville, AR 72703
There is NO race day registration


Costume Contest

Both adults and kids are encouraged to dress up for a chance to win a sweet prize. There are two costume categories: Best Dressed Cow and Craziest Costume! Winners will be announced between races.

School Prizes

Both elementary AND middle schools are eligible for the annual participation prize, and we've added even more awards! Make sure that your students, teachers, parents, alumni, friends, and family all select YOUR SCHOOL at registration to be in the running for highest Cow Paddy Run participation.

1st Place - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

Plus: We've added a $500 prize for the non-Fayetteville school with the most participants!

More Perks

  • FREE stretching and injury prevention from Rise PT NWA
  • FREE warmup with Pure Barre Fayetteville
  • FREE healthy snacks
  • FREE interactive art projects at the Wheel Mobile
  • and of course, meet Dash the Cow!


Gulley Park
1850 E. Township Street
Fayetteville, AR 72703

In an effort to be more sustainable, we encourage you to walk, bike, or carpool to Gulley Park.

There is a large parking lot on the west side of Gulley Park (off Old Wire) as well as a smaller parking lot on the south side (off Township). When these parking spaces are full, we recommend that runners park on the street in the surrounding neighborhoods. Sequoyah Methodist, Church of Christ, and Parkside Preschool have generously allowed use of their parking lots. If you park in other church lots or business, you may be towed.