**UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19 AND 2021 NUTTY-ER RUNNER 5K**
The Nutty Runner 5K will make its return Saturday, March 20, 2021, only this year we are getting NuttyER! 2020 was crazy and we want to move on and celebrate good times with good friends and good beer (masked up and socially distanced of course).
Our 2021 race is being adapted into a downtown team scavenger hunt! Form a team of 2-4 people and be prepared to run a 3-4ish mile route (depending upon which direction you choose). Solve riddles that will lead to various businesses downtown and expect 3 Nutty Runner Nut Brown Ales by Columbus House Brewery to be consumed along the way. The scavenger hunt starts at the Walton Arts Center parking lot, where it ends—you will have to see (but rest assured that if you park downtown, you will not be far from your car). Teams will need to designate 1 member to download and use Strava in order to be considered for overall prizes. Teams will have 1.5 hours to complete the course (this averages to about 22.5 min/mile-assuming the longest route of 4 miles).
For the more cautious souls who don’t feel the need to drink and run, there’s the Designated Driver division. But however you choose to participate, there will be additional shirts, and Nutty Runner merchandise available for purchase at the finish line. It’s a guaranteed good time for all.
State or Federal-issued ID required for check-in and must be kept on you at all times during the race
COVID-19 is still with us and we are still committed to providing the safest event possible. In accordance with state and city regulations, masks will be required by all participants at all times, no exceptions. Teams will be assigned a start time from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and the number of participants in a given time slot will be limited to 30 participants. We request you be courteous and remain 6 feet apart from volunteers and other teams. Part of your race day waiver will include language ensuring our volunteers and participants are not contributing to the spread. Please be sure to read and abide by all rules.
About the Race
If you enjoy craft beer and exercising outdoors for a good cause, the Nutty Runner 5K is for you! At every mile, runners can enjoy a pint of Nutty Runner nut-brown ale courtesy of Columbus House Brewery – one of Fayetteville’s favorite local hangs.
Out of all the runs in Fayetteville, this one may be the “most” Fayetteville! The route will wind through our fair city’s historic downtown and into some of our most scenic neighborhoods. So, a word of warning – there will be hills. But just follow the Nutty Runner race mantra and put “mind over hangover” and you’ll be just fine.
For the more cautious souls who don’t feel the need to drink and run, there’s the Designated Driver division. But however you choose to participate, there will be additional beer, shirts and merch available for purchase during the post-race festivities. It’s a guaranteed good time for all.
Columbus House Brewery
Columbus House Brewery is a 3-barrel brewhouse owned and operated by two University of Arkansas graduates who love Fayetteville and the craft beer industry. Since opening their doors in April 2015, they've been dedicated to providing Fayetteville with quality brews and a friendly environment. The brewery shares The Spark Foundation's passion for being active outdoors and hosts weekly running and cycling clubs as well as monthly happy hours that give back to local nonprofits.
The Spark Foundation
The Nutty Runner 5K 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. Through Nutty Runner 5K and its other races, Cow Paddy Run and Hero Half Marathon, Spark encourages all ages and paces to get moving outside. The Spark Foundation also 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.