VILONIA — The Vilonia cross country program will hold the Fly Like an Eagle 5K on April 19, and now is the time, race officials said, to sign up.

"This is a great opportunity to get outside and get a little exercise while supporting our hard-working athletes from Vilonia," said teacher John Allison, who is also an organizer and runner. The registration cost is $20.

However, Allison said, the registration will increase on March 1. There will also be an Eaglet 1-Mile Fun Run for kids after the race. Registration for the fun run is $12.50 until March 1.

This road race is run on a flat and fast certified course, entirely contained on the Vilonia School District main campus. The race is also being directed by runners, Allison said. An added bonus is that proceeds from the race support the Vilonia cross country program, to "encourage the next generation of endurance athletes in central Arkansas," Allison added.

All registered participants, Allison said, will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Runners and walkers in the 5K will receive a technical, moisture-wicking shirt. Fun run participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. The top three male and female finishers, top three male and female masters (40 & over), and the top three male and female grand masters finishers will also receive awards, Allison said, along with top three male and female finishers in numerous age groups receiving medals. All registered participants in the fun run will receive a medal, Allison said.

Those wanting to participate may register online at or registration forms are available at the high school office. Also, one may register at the event on race day.