Cow Paddy Run to return in 2021 with new location and new distance option

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With the 10th annual Cow Paddy Run’s cancelation last year due to COVID-19, organizers are excited to give the 10th anniversary celebration another try in 2021.

This year’s event is set for Saturday, May 22, and will move from Gulley Park to Lake Fayetteville to allow for social distancing.

The annual event, which includes a 5K race and a 1K Fun Run, is hosted by The Spark Foundation and supports health and fitness education in local schools while providing funds for the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.

The 10th anniversary event will include a 10K race, organizers announced this week.

As part of the event, Fayetteville elementary and middle schools receive mini grant awards for having the highest overall participation rate for students, families, teachers and alumni. Participants are asked to name which school they’re affiliated with when registering, and the school with the most participation receives $2,500, second place gets $1,000 and third place gets $500. This year will include a new $750 prize for the non-Fayetteville school with the most participants.

The 10K race begins at 3 p.m. and costs $35 per person, the 5K Race starts at 5 p.m. and costs $25, while the 1K Fun Run begins at 6 p.m. and costs $10 per person.

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