The 17th Annual "Women Can Run" running and walking clinic kick off is set for Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Four Winds Outreach Center, which is located at 2005 Dave Ward Dr. in Conway. The Kick Off Meeting will provide information about the various exercise group options, introduce the leaders, include prize drawings and more. It’s an excellent opportunity for participants to ask questions and to meet other participants in a fun atmosphere. Then, beginning on Monday, March 3, participants will meet at the UCA track, located at the corner of Dave Ward Dr. and S. Donaghey Ave. The meetings at the UCA track will occur at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings for 10 weeks.

"‘Women Can Run’ clinics not only help women meet their fitness goals, but can also results 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 free 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 the morning of Saturday, May 10, in Conway. Participants can pre-register for the clinics on-line 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.

The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is a RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) club and is dedicated to promoting healthy living among women through running and walking activities. More information is available at