2003 Victorian Classic to run

Friday, February 28, 2003

EUREKA SPRINGS ---- The Eureka Springs Rotary Club, The Ridge-runners of Carroll County, and the Eureka Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission have completed plans for the 2003 Victorian Classic Road Race, a 24-year-long tradition, to be held in historic Eureka Springs

Registration and pre-race activities will begin on Friday, March 21, and the Victorian Classic 5K race (an official Arkansas GRAND PRIX /RRCA Road Race), the 1-mile Fun Run, and the 5K Walk will commence on Saturday, March 22.

Race Headquarters and all activities will originate from the 1886 Crescent Hotel on the Historic Loop in Eureka Springs.

Friday's events will begin at 5 p.m. with registration, a Runners Fair featuring sports gear, clothing and merchandise, and a complimentary social mixer with live music by local favorites Larry and Pearl Brick.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Crystal Dining room of the Crescent Hotel will host a Pastabilities carbo-load dinner ($13.50).

Races begin on Saturday, March 22, with registration/packet pickup from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Crescent. The 5K Walk will begin at 9 a.m. as will the premier event, the Victorian Classic 5K race. The 1-mile Fun Run will start at 10 a.m.

Race Director and Carroll County Ridge-Runner, Patsy Miller, said, "The 5K route is a hilly, fully paved course with a scenic loop through the unique downtown Historic District, which includes beautiful Victorian homes, churches, parks, tree lined streets, and many of the unique buildings and businesses of downtown Spring Street.

"Eureka Springs is an exceptional place to run because of the terrain and the historical element. We are inviting runners from far and wide to come for a run through Eureka Springs."

Registration fees are $15 prior to March 18, $20 after, $10 for ages 18 and under. There is no charge for the Fun Run.

The first 400 to register for the 5K races will receive a limited-edition T-shirt with artwork created especially for the VC 2003 by nationally known folk artist, Blakely Wilson.

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