Convention Boulevard and Palm Street, Hot Springs
Convention Boulevard and Laurel Street, Hot Springs
You’ll be running thru the middle of a National Park – of course there are landmarks. The 10k course goes down Central Avenue in front of Bathhouse Row. It takes you by the famed Arlington Hotel. Around Whittington Park. Up and over West Mountain where you can enjoy the fall foliage. The course also goes into the historic district of the city. You will be on the same ground where legends have walked …. President Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Bugsy Malone, Dick Gladden.
Half – add a trip up to the summit of West Mountain where you can see the duck (wink, wink for the older Hot Springs generation). And then you get to go back up to the summit of West Mountain for a second look.
Runners are set to start the race at the corner of Convention Boulevard and Palm Street in downtown Hot Springs, a city of about 35,000 nestled here in the Ouachita Mountains and named for the numerous hot springs found throughout the area, which have drawn visitors from all walks of life for more than a century.
From there, they’ll head west along Convention and north on Broadway for a brief stretch before turning onto Central Avenue, which will then take the field into Hot Springs National Park, the oldest unit in the National Park Service (it predates the dedication of Yellowstone National Park by about 40 years).
This stretch of the run unfolds past the park’s historic Bathhouse District and then through Whittington Park before heading onto the roads that climb up to the top of West Mountain, a stretch toward the summit that gives the half marathon its name as the “Summit Challenge.”
Once inside the park, runners will climb the summit not once but twice — they’ll reach the top along West Mountain Summit Drive around the half-way point of the race, then descend down the mountain to Prospect Avenue before turning around the head back up the mountain again.
After that, the course heads back down the mountain a second time, with the last couple of miles unfolding along Quapaw Avenue and Market Street before bringing runners in to the finish line along Convention Boulevard.
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