Hero Half Marathon set for Oct. 13

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The fifth annual Hero Half Marathon is coming up this weekend in Fayetteville.

The event, which benefits a handful of local organizations, is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

The scenic half marathon route begins at Lokomotion near Lake Fayetteville, and continues along the city’s trail system to the finish line in downtown Fayetteville. All races end on Dickson Street with a Finish Line Festival and Beer Garden featuring Columbus House Brewery. The Fayetteville Fire Department will also host its annual Family Fire Safety Fair with bucket lifts and truck rides.

Anyone can participate in the race, but a special invitation is made to fire departments across the country. Special prizes are given to the top male and female firefighters who run either the half marathon while wearing their full gear, including fire helmets and air tanks.

“It’s already quite emotional to see the community come together to move and challenge themselves on the beautiful Razorback Regional Greenway. And then add these firefighters and first responders doing it all in full gear—it’s truly inspiring, “ says race director Melissa Caffrey.

The race is hosted by The Spark Foundation and Fayetteville Firefighters’ IAFF- Local 2866.

Race proceeds benefit the Fayetteville Firefighter Scholarship Fund, Fayetteville Public Education Foundation and the Spark Foundation’s outreach program in local schools.

Registration is $80 for the half-marathon, $60 for a two-person relay, $30 for a 5k, and $15 for a one mile run., and will be open online through Oct. 10.

For for more information or to register, visit herohalfmarathon.com.