Sparks Health System will host a 5K race/walk Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at the hospital in Van Buren.

The 2015 Sparks Stampede will promote physical fitness while raising awareness of various forms of cancer affecting residents of the community, according to Mary Jo Brinkman, race coordinator.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the second annual race will begin at 8 a.m. at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren. Profits from race registration fees will benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A participant packet pickup and tailgate party will be Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"You are invited to show your support by registering to participate or taking advantage of race sponsorship opportunities," Brinkman said.

For more information, contact Brinkman at (479) 650-0509 or or Alicia Agent at (479) 441-5445 or