Event description

Schedule of Events

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Social Hour  Join us at our host hotel, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa and get to know other runners and riders during a social hour!

Sat, Oct 17, 2015

11:00 AM
10K Race & 5K Run/Walk – Run USATF-sanctioned races on a scenic course through Magic Springs & Crystal Falls during their Magic Screams event. Course goes around and under some of their famous coasters! Post-race refreshments and award ceremony follow the races.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Exclusive Ride Time  Enjoy one hour of exclusive ride time at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls before the park opens to the public!

3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Roller Coaster RideEven if you do not run, you can ride a distance of 5K on roller coasters and win a medal. You’ll get a wristband to track your coaster rides throughout the day, and anyone riding a total distance of 5K wins a Roller Coaster Ride custom medal! See rules for more details.


Jul 15 Jul 31 Get a Free Ride! deal ends
Aug 15 – Early bird pricing ends
Aug 31 – Last day for guaranteed shirt size
Sep 15 – Last day before price increase
Oct 13 – Last day to register online


Event Thru Jul 15 Jul 31 Thru Aug 15 Thru Sep 15 Thru Oct 13 On site*
10K Race $50 (includes Free Ride!) $50 $55 $60 $65
10K + Roller Coaster Ride $50 $70 $75 $80 $85
5K Run/Walk $45 (includes Free Ride!) $45 $50 $55 $60
5K + Roller Coaster Ride
$45 $65 $70 $75 $80
Roller Coaster Ride
$35 $40 $45 $50 $55
Extra park tickets for non-registering friends and family. $27

Registration for 10K & 5K will be limited to a total of 1,500 runners. Roller Coaster Ride event will be limited to 500 participants. Once events are full, a limited number of registrations will be available that include a $50 donation to benefit one of our race charities.

*After online registration closes, registrations will be taken at race packet pickup and on race day if space allows.


The following groups get a discount that will be applied during the registration process (valid ID required when picking up race packet).

  • Active duty, retired military, and veterans (10% off)
  • Season pass holders & Magic Spring employees ($15 off, park ticket not included)

During the race registration process you will be asked if you qualify for a discount and will be given a code to use at checkout that will give you the discounted rate. Remember that if you use this code, you will need to show appropriate identification when picking up your race packet to confirm you qualify for the discount.

Host Hotel

Experience our Run or Ride Village! Stay with other runners and coaster enthusiasts at our host hotel, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. Call hotel directly at 501-609-2533 and ask for the Roller Coaster Race block to take advantage of our great rate of $114 per night! Includes convenient on-site packet pickup and a social hour on Friday evening!

For more information on hotel options, visit our travel partner GET Sports!

Park Tickets for Magic Springs & Crystal Falls

1-day park ticket to Magic Springs & Crystal Falls during their Magic Screams event is included with your race registration. Ticket valid Saturday, October 17th. Roller Coaster Riders must use ticket on day of event.

How to Buy Additional Tickets for Friends & Family

Purchase discounted park tickets for family and friends who are not signing up for the 10K, 5K run/walk, or Roller Coaster Ride℠ . You can purchase additional tickets at:

  • Online when you register
  • Race packet pick-up
  • Merchandise table day of race
  • GET Sports

Charity Fundraising

When you fundraise on behalf of one of our charities, we create a personalized fundraising page for you to get you started. Direct your friends and family to this page so they can donate to the cause! If you don’t plan to fundraise, you can still make a donation along with your registration.

We are proud to partner with First Step as our local race charity.

FAQ - Races and Roller Coaster Ride

What is the Roller Coaster Ride℠?

Ride any combination of the park’s world-class roller coasters to complete a total of 5K—that’s 16,405 feet, or about seven rides depending on which ones you do! Have your wristband stamped as you exit each ride, and we will tally your total distance when you check in at the scoring table at the end of the day.


The following rules apply to the Roller Coaster Ride:

  • Ride a total distance of 5K (16,405 feet)
  • Complete all rides by scheduled end time of event (may differ from park hours)
  • Use park ticket included with registration the day of the event during normal hours of operation

The Roller Coaster Ride℠ is subject to a number of unpredictable conditions, including weather, ride closures, and park crowds on the day of the event. In other words, we do not give refunds if your favorite roller coaster is closed, if it’s raining, or if there are long ride lines!

Review the height restrictions below before signing up children to make sure there are enough coasters they can ride.

Roller Coasters

Here are the Magic Springs roller coasters, including total ride distance and height restrictions:

Roller Coaster
Distance (ft) Minimum Height (in)
Arkansas Twister 3,340 48
Big Bad John 2,349 42
Diamond Mine Run 832 42 (36 w/ adult)
Gauntlet 2,260 52
X Coaster 492 52

Find out more about the roller coasters at Magic Springs thrill rides.

Packet Pickup

Bring the following:

  • Confirmation email
  • Photo ID
  • Military ID (If you received a military discount)
  • Valid season pass (If you signed up as a Great Escape season pass holder)

Pick up your packet for all eventsIf you can’t make it, you may have someone you know pick up your race packet if they bring a copy of your confirmation email and a copy of a photo ID.

Friday, October 16
3:00 – 7:00 PM at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs AR 71901

Saturday, October 17, 2015
10K, 5K participants:

– 9:00 – 10:30 AM, limited check-in
– Magic Springs & Crystal Falls 1701 E Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
– If you are also doing the Roller Coaster Ride, you will receive your shirt and wristband for that event as well

Roller Coaster Ride participants:
2:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Check-in at the Roller Coaster Race tent at the park

Free parking is available to all participants, provided they arrive at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls before 3:00 PM on event day.

Showers will be available to participants following the race.


Custom trophies will be give to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in the following Age categories: 14 & under, 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over. Note: Fewer awards are given in age categories where there are fewer than three runners registered one month before the race. The award depths for this race will be:

# of awards
5K (male/female) 10K (male/female)
14 & under 3 1
15 – 19 3 1
20 – 24 3 3
25 – 29 3 3
30 – 34 3 3
35 – 39 3 3
40 – 44 3 3
45 – 49 3 3
50 – 59 3 3
60 – 69 1 1
70 & over 1 1

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in the 10K race. Prizes:

  • $250 for 1st place,
  • $150 for 2nd place,
  • $100 for 3rd place.

Race results

Results for the 10K & 5K races will be posted at the finish line and on our web site as soon as they become available. The award ceremony for the 10K & 5K races will take place near the finish line immediately after the race. Results will be emailed to all finishers.

Extra T-shirts & Merchandise

Extra race technical shirts, Roller Coaster Ride t-shirts, other Roller Coaster Race merchandise will be available for sale at the merchandise table at packet pickup and at the race.


We need volunteers to help with the 10K & 5K races. All race volunteers will receive:

  • free t-shirt
  • all-day pass to the park for the day of the event
  • free all-day parking pass
  • stay after the race for our post-race refreshments
  • purchase additional tickets to the park at a discounted rate

Volunteer sign-up page will be available at least two months prior to the race. You must be 16 years old to be a volunteer, though you can bring children if your job assignment allows them to be appropriately supervised, and they don’t interfere with you carrying out your assigned role.


Minimum pace for 10K

15 minute per mile pace must be maintained by runners in the 10K race. Runners falling slower than that pace will be asked to exit the race course, as park will be preparing to open for business.


Race registration fees are not refundable or transferable to another runner. If you are registered but cannot participate in the race, you can still pick up your race t-shirt and ticket to amusement park at packet pickup.

Wheelchairs and Disabilities

Wheelchair athletes are permitted using push rim wheelchairs. Handcycles are not permitted. Other disability-related accommodations can be made if a request is submitted to the race director at least six weeks in advance of the race.

Age limit

The age limit for the 10K & 5K races is 6 years old, but participants under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dogs, Strollers, Headphones

Dogs are prohibited at all Roller Coaster Races.

Strollers are permitted, but anyone pushing a stroller must start in the back of the field. The race course has some sections that are roughly paved and may not be too friendly for a conventional stroller with small wheels.

Portable electronics with headphones are a safety hazard, and we recommend that you do not use them, but they are permitted in the race according to USA Track & Field guidelines. Runners with headphones are expected to use good judgment while on the course, and not wear them during the pre-race announcements at the start of the race.


The Roller Coaster Race will not share registrant data for any reason other than those required to conduct race operations (e.g., our timing company), and in those cases require that the data not be used for any other reason. However please be aware that the Roller Coaster Race is owned by a travel company, and you may be contacted about race-related travel opportunities.


Read our general release, publicity and waiver of liability for the Roller Coaster Race.

How to Sponsor the Event

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this or any Roller Coaster Race location. Learn more about the benefits of sponsorship