Stay Cool


During the dog days of summer you need to stay hydrated. Make sure you are
drinking plenty of water during the day. Carry either a hand held water bottle or one that stays on your waist. It helps if you plan a running route that you know you can get water from either a store or hose.


Arkansas Grand Prix Series

The Great 5k Pumpkin Run is excited to be a part of the 2018 Arkansas Grand Prix Circuit!! We are hoping runners from all over the state will join us to have a great time and help support the abused and neglected children at Open Arms Shelter! It’s going to be a great year!!!! Get more info at :

Be consistent.

“Be consistent, make a commitment to walk/run at least 4 days a week. That’s every other day and try and cover about 3 miles. Start by walking the 3 miles the first week. Second week, after you start run a block or whatever you feel you can do until you need to walk. Walk till you feel you can run
again. The distance of the run is not important. By the fourth week I believe you will be running the whole distance.”

Bill Torrey
Rock City Running

Weekly Running Tips

As we prepare and gear up for the 8th Annual Great 5k Pumpkin Run Event we can’t help but look back on how far we have come. We are so thankful and overwhelmed by the number of participants in our community that have come out and supported us each and every year. We appreciate you so much!

We want to give back!

Our goal this year is to promote running and active living in our community.

We would like to offer our community and participants weekly running tips to educate, encourage and empower YOU right where you are..If you are a beginner, a seasoned runner or just signed up for your first 5k, we would like to help you.

We are so proud to announce that we have partnered with Bill Torrey, Rock City Running store owner and Running Coach, to help us accomplish this goal. Bill will provide you with weekly running tips on our Event Page and blog.

Meet Bill Torrey:

“Bill loves to talk running and has worked with others to improve their running and racing. He has coached runners to complete their first marathon.

Now he gets to share his love of running with you through his running store. Bill Torrey’s Rock City Running will be an important stop on the path for runners and walkers exploring the beauty of this sport. Bill welcomes you to find instant friends here sharing and feeding your running passion.”

Thank you Bill Torrey and Rock City Running! We look forward to reading your tips and advice each week.

You can thank our Sponsor when you visit Rock City Running at their location for more expert advice and running gear.

Bill Torrey’s Rock City Running
10300 N Rodney Parham Rd-Unit D3
Little Rock, AR 72227



Great 5K Pumpkin Run Quickly Approaching!

The Great 5K Pumpkin Run is quickly approaching! The run is scheduled for Saturday, September 27. After you finish your race you can head over to the pumpkin patch and get some pumpkins to get your house all decorated for fall. We hope that you will join us for to support a great cause!

History of the Great 5K Pumpkin Run

Perspective of a High School Student

Over the past six or so years of my life, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in numerous service projects for the Open Arms Shelter. OAS is a home for abused and neglected kids to come to when they have nowhere else to go. These kids are not bad kids; they’re normal kids whom bad things have happened to. It’s not their fault that their mom dropped them off at school then disappeared or that their dad beats them on   Tuesday’s when he comes home drunk. It’s not their fault they were born into hard situations. I’ve learned that we can’t judge these kids just because of their past, but instead we need to help them have a brighter future.

It really hit me how real these kids’ are one day in eighth grade around Christmas time. I was sitting in class when I noticed the new girl walk in and sit quietly in the back. The next weekend, my family and I went to the shelter to help decorate for Christmas like we do every year. When we walked in, I saw the same girl that joined my history class. She was a normal, nice girl who lived at the shelter and was a victim. It’s real and all around us, in cities and towns all over Arkansas. These kids face adversity every day for the rest of their lives. They have to live with past memories and some have to deal with moving around to different foster homes.

My family started a pumpkin business several years ago that sells wholesale pumpkins to businesses around central Arkansas. Shortly after we started growing pumpkins, we realized that God had given us a way to help the Shelter and ultimately the kids, and it was right there in front of our faces in oranges, whites, greens, yellows, you name it. Together with the Shelter Advisory Board, we organized the Great 5K Pumpkin Run and Pumpkin Patch held every year at the Lonoke Depot. Families and runners come from all around to participate. Lots of high school kids and volunteers get there early in the morning on Saturday before the sun has even thought about coming up to start unloading pumpkins and setting up. The runners stretch, the band (New Horizon) plays cool tunes, the smell of the grill wafts around making everyone drool, the race starts and little kids scream with pleasure when they see all the pumpkins, Matt Mosler makes everyone laugh, and little kids can’t wait to run a mile with Snoopy and Woodstock. It’s a great time for the community to get together, but that’s not the reason for it.  People from all over, all walks of life, come to raise money to help the kids at the shelter.

I understand that these kids can’t control all of the bad things that happen to them. That’s why they desperately need people to love them so they learn what is good in the world and the difference between right and wrong. They need us to give of our resources, our time and our prayers. I can only hope that the kids we have been able to help at the shelter have learned as many life lessons from all of us as we have learned from them.

Written by Savannah Holman