The 16th Annual Women Can Run running and walking clinics begin at 6:30 p.m. March 4, at the Four Winds Outreach Center at 2005 Dave Ward Drive.

The first meeting is an orientation and all subsequent meetings will be held every Monday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the Bill Stephens Track Complex at the University of Central Arkansas.

"Women Can Run clinics are designed to not only help women meet their fitness goals, but can also result in friendships and exercise buddies long after the clinics end," said Cathy Potter, co-director for the Conway clinic. "Group exercise and having a goal at the end is a fun and motivating way to meet other women with the same fitness ideas."

The 10-week training clinics are for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced runners and walkers and will culminate with a 5K run/walk graduation event on May 11th in Conway.  By the end of the training clinic each participant will be able to run, run/walk or walk a 5K (3.1 miles).

Participants can pre-register for the clinics online at the Women Run Arkansas website or at the first night of the session.

The clinics are free with a $20 entry fee for the 5K graduation event.  The fee covers entry for the 5K, a T-shirt and other items. The entry fee is also used to help cover the expense of the clinics and the 5K event, plus a portion of every entry is donated to a charitable organization of the club’s choice.  All clinic directors and leaders volunteer their time for the 10-week training period.