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Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17
Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday, October 17.

The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the 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 starts at 11:00 a.m. when the park is closed to the public. Event registration fee includes park admission (registration discount offered to season pass holders), free parking, event 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 the Arkansas Twister and Big Bad John. An added bonus for participants is that all five of the Magic Springs coasters will be operating, which won’t occur at any other time during the “Magic Screams” Halloween season.

Additionally, roller coaster enthusiasts and runners alike can sign up for the optional Roller Coaster Ride for a separate fee. Participants who register for the Roller Coaster Ride earn a medal by racking up cumulative “5K ride distance” on Magic Spring’s roller coasters.

“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 website.

“We are excited to have Roller Coaster Race at Magic Springs,” said General Manager Steve Honeycutt. “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.

For more information about the Roller Coaster Race at Magic Springs, please visit: http://rollercoasterrace.com/hotsprings