Registrations are being accepted for the Saturday, Oct. 6, Sparks Stampede hosted by Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren.

The certified 5K and 10K races and fun walk will promote physical fitness, while raising awareness of various forms of cancer. Profits from race registration fees will benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Last year’s Sparks Stampede raised $10,595.55 for the two organizations.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, East Main and 20th streets.

The entry fee will be $20 before Sept. 5 and $25 through the day of the race. Online registration is at

Checks should be made payable to Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren Auxiliary. Mail fee and registration form to Mary Jo Brinkman, P.O. Box 409, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Mary Jo Brinkman, race organizer, said there will be overall awards for the top male and top female finishers as well as three-deep age division winners in five-year age groups from 10 to 80 and 9 and under. There will be a $50 cash prize for the top three male and female finishers.

A participant packet pickup and supper will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the hospital for those who register early. Those who register will receive a race T-shirt.

Any questions regarding the race can be directed to Brinkman at (479) 650-0509 or

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, Sparks Clinic, Sparks PremierCare and Marvin Altman Fitness Center.