Bryson Patrick, a 16-year-old student at Van Buren, was the winner of the 12th annual Run With the Knights 5K on a cold Saturday morning, which began and ended at King Elementary School in Van Buren.

Patrick completed the route through downtown Van Buren in a time of 19:58.61. Fourteen-year-old Henry Sicka was second in the men’s division with a time of 20:10.55 while Clarke Henson was third with a time of 20:22.04.

Julia Clark, 16, won the women’s division with a time of 20:35.78. Madi Chitwood was third with a time of 22:58.726 while Daisy Conner was third with a time of 22.:58.81.

Run With the Knights enables King fourth graders to go to fourth grade C.A.M.P. (Children Achieving Maximum Potential). The camp is used to teach outside of the classroom and to provide the students with unique outdoor experiences.

The camp is provided at no cost to all King fourth graders. Run With the Knights has allowed more than 400 King students to experience the educational outdoor camp.

About $5,000 is needed to provide food, all activities and camp rental for the students, their teachers and camp chaperones.

Results from Run With the Knights:


Vanessa Bardales, 8 and under; Elizabeth Merritt, 9-11; Josie Ward, 12-14; Julia Clark, 15-19; Lyndsey Lawrence, 20-29; Amber Strickland, 30-39; Valerie Burns, 40-49; Betty Reynolds, 50-59; Wanda Sanders, 60-69; and Sharon Cole, 70-plus.


Omar Gonzalez, 8 and under; Joshua Merritt, 9-11; Henry Sicka, 12-14; Bryson Patrick, 15-19; Clarke Henson, 20-29; Kyle Morris, 30-39; James Lovelady, 40-49; Charles Konzelman, 50-59; Edward Espinosa, 60-69; and John Clark, 70-plus.

Bekaert was the platinum sponsor for this year’s Run With the Knights.

Gold sponsors were Nestle/Gerber, Arkansas Valley Electric, Center for Hearing and Lumber One.

Silver sponsors were Arvest Bank, Swaim Office Products, US Bank, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Generations Bank, HSA Engineering, Myers-Beatty Engineering, Citizens Bank & Trust Co. and Crawford County Abstract.