Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2020 Nutty Runner 5K?

The 2020 Nutty Runner 5K is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20.

Who organizes the Nutty Runner 5K?

The Spark Foundation organizes and produces the annual Nutty Runner 5K. Spark is a nonprofit organization that strives to create a positive impact in the community by providing increased access to health and fitness education and opportunities. In addition to our annual race series, the Spark Foundation supports running clubs in local schools through coaching, curriculum, and healthy snacks. 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. When you run, remember that you are helping NWA to build the habits for an active, healthy lifestyle. Thank you!

What’s the difference between Nutty Runner and Designated Driver divisions?

The “Nutty Runner” division is open to runners ages 21+. It includes three beers along the course. The “Designated Driver” division is open to runners of all ages and does not include any beer during or after the race.

Is there Nutty Runner merchandise available for purchase?

Yes, there will merchandise available for purchase at the finish line.

I am a very slow runner/walker. Will I feel out of place?

You won’t feel out of place at all! Our races are planned for participants of all ages, paces and abilities. We have runners, walkers, sippers, chuggers, sprinters, strollers, striders, skippers and more!

Will I be able to receive a refund or transfer my race registration if I’m unable to participate in the Nutty Runner 5K? What about if the race is postponed or canceled?

We follow the standard running industry policy and do not offer any refunds.

Will there be pace groups at this race?

We will not have pace groups for the 5K.

Will the course have a “sweeper”?

There will be no sweeper, but each team only has 1.5 hours to complete the hunt.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel.

Can I bring my dog or run with a stroller?

Dogs and strollers are fine, but there's no actual course this year and everything is "open" so it's not recommended.

Are there bathrooms on the course?

There will be port-a-potties at the start and finish and each beer stop.

Will there be awards?

Yes, there will be overall awards for fastest Nutty Runner Team in all male, all female, and co-ed categories. Additional prizes will be awarded for non-competitive teams with the best team name, best team costume, longest route finished in the 90 minute time limit, and more! In addition to awards, you'll also find surprise raffle items contained in clue packets! Also, keep your eye out for a large Easter egg hidden along the course...

When and where should I pick up my race packet?

There is no packet pick up. You will get all of your things when you check in and finish. Remember to bring your state-issued ID or passport with you.

Does the race have a gear-check?


Where should I park the day of the race?

We strongly encouraged everyone to run, walk, bike, or rideshare to the race!

There is free, city parking in downtown Fayetteville please be sure to be mindful of when and where to pay for parking. The start line will be at the south west corner of the Walton Arts Center Parking Lot.

I’m traveling from out of town for the race. Where should I stay?

The Fayetteville Visitor’s Bureau, Experience Fayetteville, has great information on area hotels. We also highly recommend Graduate Fayetteville, who we partner with for our other events.

How can I volunteer to help out during the race?

Thank you for volunteering to support our runners and The Spark Foundation. For more information, please email

Where will race results be posted?

Race results will be posted on this website and on the Facebook event page.

How can I stay up to date with race information?

Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We particularly recommend marking that you are “Going” on our Facebook Event.

If I registered to run this year and then find out I can’t run this year, can I transfer my registration to next year?

No, race registrations may not be transferred to future Spark Foundation races.

Is the course USATF certified?

No, the course is not USATF certified.

What kind of course support do you offer?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be offering course support this year.

Can my family and friends meet me at the finish line?

Family and friends may pick you up at the finish line, but please don't linger as we don't want to create a crowd of people. Please continue practicing social distancing.

What happens if it’s raining on the day of the race?

The Nutty Runner 5K will be held rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather (i.e. lightning), we will make the safest decision regarding delay or cancellation. Please note that the race registration fee is nonrefundable even if the race is modified or canceled. For any further questions, please contact the race director at

Can I sign up on the day of the race?

There is no race day registration.

Who should I contact if the answer to my questions isn’t listed here?

Please email us at

I saw photographers on the course. Can I view and purchase my race photos?

There will be no photographer in 2021.

However, 1611 Photography generously provided 2018 and 2019 photos for free to all runners. You can find view them here here and here here.