There’s a 5K for adults and older kids and a 1K Fun Run for the little ones. Don’t worry though, because there aren’t any real cow paddies to avoid. The name is just part of the tradition of this race, which has played a big part in developing Fayetteville’s pro-fitness, pro-fun culture over the years!  

The Cow Paddy Run, Downtown Runaround, and Trick-or-Trot 5k & 1k is also produced by The Spark Foundation with a focus on helping students and families build the habits for an active, healthy lifestyle. All 3 races are part of our “pay-your-age” program for runners 5-15 and proceeds directly support physical education in local schools through the school participation prize. As part of our school participation run series, we want the focus on running to be fun and accessible. All runners get a chip time, participant shirt, and finisher’s medal. We do not offer overall or age group awards for these events, but rather focus on the love of running by creating a fun, family friendly atmosphere!

Both elementary AND middle schools in Fayetteville are eligible for the annual participation prize, and we're adding more awards! Make sure that your students, teachers, parents, alumni, friends, and family all select YOUR SCHOOL to be in the running for highest Cow Paddy Run participation.
1st Place - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

We know that race fees can be prohibitive and we've dedicated to making running accessible to all. We offer scholarships through school and community running clubs and P.E. programs. Email us at to find out more.

*** Please note: In order to guarantee a race t-shirt (short-sleeved cotton with winning design), you must register and select a size no later than April 9th, 2023. If you register on or after April 9th, 2023, we can no longer guarantee a race t-shirt. We will have some extra shirts available on race, but please register before April 9th 2023, to ensure your t-shirt in your desired size. ***

All proceeds benefit The Spark Foundation, a local Fayetteville nonprofit to create a positive impact in the community by providing increased access to health and fitness education and opportunities. Thank you for joining us in helping people of all ages (and paces!) build the habits for a healthy, active lifestyle. More information about The Spark Foundation, its programs, and other races can be found at

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