Race Day I

Race Update- 1/13/2021

After careful consideration, the 2021 Run Bentonville Half Marathon, originally scheduled for April 10, 2021 has been moved to October 9, 2021 on the Bentonville Square.
Bentonville Parks & Recreation made the difficult decision to delay the in-person event following discussions surrounding the challenges of staging a race of such scale amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the impact on staff and all aspects of city personnel, and ultimately the safety of Run Bentonville Half Marathon participants, volunteers, and spectators. Although hosting the premier race in Northwest Arkansas is doable with precautions and procedures already in place, the overall experience from a health and wellness perspective will be significantly better when the region and country reach a better place with the virus.
Participants who have already registered for the 2021 Run Bentonville Half Marathon will be automatically moved to the October race. Postponing the event until the fall allows time to return to the traditional format which includes a relay and 5k option in addition to the signature 13.1 distance.
At this time, the Valentines 5k/8k on February 13 and Irish 5k/10k on March 13 will continue in their adjusted format. Due to shorter distances and limited participants, we can effectively implement all necessary, safety measures with staggered starts and reduced finish line activities.
Please continue to visit our website, runbentonville.com, for event information and updates. Many thanks for your patience and encouragement as we look to brighter days for all – especially our dedicated running community.
Reach out to Layne Hyatt, lhyatt@bentonvillear.com, with any specific questions about this announcement.


For the 11th Annual Run Bentonville Half Marathon, we are excited to provide some of the staples you've come to know and expect from the Run Bentonville Half Marathon.

-Tech race shirt

-Finisher Hoodie

-Unique Finisher Medal

-Award Winning Goodie Bag

-A course that takes you through the heart of Bentonville

-Great community support

-Entertainment along the course

-First Aid, EMS & Public Safety Support

Our focus will remain on safety based on the latest guidelines provided.

To prioritize the health and safety of all athletes, volunteers, and staff we are taking preventative measures and implementing the following:


  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick, have a fever, are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

Participants will have the opportunity to defer, not attend, or switch to a virtual event if they are experiencing any symptoms, have received a positive test, or are currently in quarantine.