Roller Coaster Race Zips into Magic Springs

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Family-oriented Races in Historic Hot Springs Thrill Runners and Coaster Enthusiasts while Fundraising for First Step

“Historic Hot Springs is a beautiful destination with a broad array of activities to choose from,” says Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director. “We hope folks will participate in the race or Roller Coaster Ride and then stay to enjoy an evening of fun."

Runners and roller coaster enthusiasts are gearing up for Roller Coaster Race, which is coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, October 17. Online registration is open for its original-concept race until Tuesday, October 13. Hot Springs is located in the Diamond Lakes region, a travel destination in the scenic Ouachita Mountains, and is the only American city that resides in a national park. The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the amusement park’s Halloween-themed event, and marks Roller Coaster Race’s sixth and final event of its 2015 season.

The novel Roller Coaster Race promotes fitness and entertainment for the entire family by holding USATF-sanctioned running events for all skill levels and ages. Participants can register for either the 10K race or the 5K run/walk, which start at 11:00 am when the park is closed to the public. Additionally, roller coaster enthusiasts and runners alike can sign up for the optional Roller Coaster Ride for a separate fee. Riders earn a medal by racking up cumulative “5K ride distance” on Magic Spring’s roller coasters.

After online registration closes on October 13 runners and riders can register for all three events at the host hotel, Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, on Friday, October 16 from 3:00-7:00pm. Participants are invited to attend the social hour on the same day from 5:00-7:00pm.

Event registration fee includes park admission (registration discount offered to season pass holders), free parking, high-tech shirt, custom finisher medal, post-race refreshments, and exclusive ride time. The scenic race course loops around some of the park’s famous roller coasters such as Arkansas Twister and Big Bad John. An added bonus for participants is that all five of the Magic Springs coasters will be operating this day, which won’t occur at any other time during the “Magic Screams” Halloween season.

“Historic Hot Springs is a beautiful destination with a broad array of activities to choose from,” says Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director. “We hope folks will participate in the race or Roller Coaster Ride and then stay to enjoy an evening of spooky fun at the park. Between the park, our race, and the city’s numerous entertainment offerings, there’s something for everyone to have a fun-filled weekend.”

Roller Coaster Race supports the following charities through its fundraising program: First Step Arkansas, SYTA Running for Youth, and the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives. Additionally, runners and riders may make donations during event registration or by visiting the Charities page on the Roller Coaster Race web site.

“We are excited to have Roller Coaster Race at Magic Springs,” said Steve Honeycutt, General Manager. “Not only do we have an exciting event, combined with the fun of our amusement park, but we are also helping to contribute to a local charity, First Step Arkansas.” First Step Arkansas, based in Hot Springs, promotes integration and independence of all people with disabilities.

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About Roller Coaster Race
Roller Coaster Race is a running series that partners with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination events combining fitness and entertainment. The series produces USATF-sanctioned running events in conjunction with the original-concept Roller Coaster Ride, where participants attempt to ride a total distance of 5K on park coasters. Launched in 2014 and first of its kind, Roller Coaster Race will hold six events in 2015. Roller Coaster Race’s parent company, WorldStrides, is the nation’s largest and most respected accredited travel organization. Over the course of fifty years and across ninety countries, WorldStrides has worked extensively with student groups, families, and teams attending sports tournaments, amusement parks, music and theater festivals, bowl games, and jamborees.

Twitter: @runorriderace

About First Step Arkansas
Established in 1958, First Step is a place where children and adults with developmental disabilities receive developmental treatment and therapeutic service in a community setting. First Step's mission is to promote integration and independence of all people with disabilities. From early detection in children to residential programs for adults, First Step provides treatment services, training and innovative solutions to enrich the lives of those at every age and every level of developmental disabilities and delays. Programs are designed to help improve the quality of life in the community by helping those with developmental disabilities become more independent. First Step is a nonprofit organization, operating under 501(C)(3) designation and its role is to help each person develop the skills and behavior necessary to take the critical first step toward a more fulfilling life style.

Twitter: @FirstStepAR

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Press Contacts

Adam Slate
Director, Roller Coaster Race
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 906-8416

Neal Moore
Public Relations, Magic Springs
1701 E Grand Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
(501) 920-4787

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