The Vilonia First Assembly of God, along with Red River Dodge, will be hosting the third annual Every Soul Matters 5K and Little Souls Matter Kids’ Runs Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. at the Vilonia First Assembly of God, 851 Highway 64 E.

"The race keeps growing each year," said church member Wednesday Hoover. "Last year, there were at least 18 different communities represented."

The proceeds from this year’s race will benefit residents "who need a helping hand to get back on track."

"The Vilonia First Assembly is committed to helping our community members rebuild and restore their lives," Hoover said. "As a result of our involvement in the community, we have found that there are still many unmet needs, some related to the disaster (April 27 tornado) but others due to various circumstances."

In addition to runners, businesses may also participate with advertising and promotional opportunities as a race sponsor, with benefits such as having the business name or logo on the race T-shirts, banners hung at the race or vendor booths.

The deadline for sponsorship is Saturday, Aug. 23 to be included in the promotional aspect. For more information go to, contact Bethany Taff at (479) 970-6076 or email

Check-in time for the race will be from 6:45-7:45 a.m. Race day registration will be from 6:45-7:30 a.m. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m., with the kids’ runs immediately following. Early packet pick-up will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at the church.

The pre-registration deadline is Aug. 24, (guaranteed a shirt): 5K-$20; Kids’ Run-$10. After Aug. 24, (not guaranteed a shirt): 5K-$25; Kids’ Run-$15.

Virtual Runner (does not physically do the run/walk) deadline is Aug. 24, to guarantee T-shirt: $20. Courses: The 5K begins and ends at the church. The kids’ races will vary in distance based on age (1 lap, 2 laps, 3 laps, 4 laps) but will be held on the church grounds.

Awards: 5K — first three overall male and female finishers; first three male and female in each of the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Kids’ Run — first three male and female in the following age groups (age groups will run separately): five and under, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12.

Each child will receive a finisher ribbon. Fun awards include Most Spirited Finish Line Crossing, Brightest Racing Outfit, Best Spectator Sign and Most Family Members Participating.