The 9th annual Run the Line Half Marathon is Sunday, February 21,  in Texarkana.

This is an opportunity to run one race in two states.The start time is at 8AM downtown at the intersection of Broad and Main Streets. It will offer several pace groups this year. All pace group leaders are well-experienced, great runners. Look for signs at the start of the race.

There is a 7:30AM early start at the same location for walkers, physically challenged athletes, and slower runners who need more than three hours to complete the race. The course closes at 11AM with limited support for those who finish after 11AM. The race ends downtown at 3rd Street and Wood Street at Hopkins Ice House.

The race is in the Arkansas Grand Prix series for the fifth year. There are only 20 races in the series. This is the fourth year of the annual RRCA Arkansas vs Texas competition. Arkansas won the first two years but Texas won in 2013.

The course is USATF certified (#AR09010DLP) and relatively flat with several long inclines. It goes through both Cities of Texarkana with a portion of the race on the Arkansas/Texas Stateline. The course is a single loop that is primarily asphalt and includes the Nix Creek Trail, the Phillip McDougal Trail in Spring Lake Park, and city streets with coning.

The half-marathon includes 2-person relay teams. Electronic timing chips are provided for runners and walkers. Multiple water stops, restrooms, volunteers, and music are stationed along the course. After the race, all runners are invited to join everyone at the finish line for food, drinks, and awards. The award ceremony will start about 11:15AM..

T-shirts will also be available while they last. All finishers will receive a medal.

Runners must be at least 12 years old.

The entry fees for the Seventh Annual Run the Line Half Marathon are as follows:

Individual Runner - $50 (late registration $60 after January 19; late registration $70 after February 2)

2-Person Relay Team - $90 (late registration $110 after January 19; late registration $130 after February 2) Please submit both team members entry forms together. Each team member completes 6.55 miles.

Registration is now only available on the weekend of the race.

Race participants may register in person at packet pick-up on Saturday, February 15, from 10AM to 5PM at a Texarkana location to be determined on race day from 6:30AM to 7:15AM in the Bi-State Justice Building at Stateline Avenue and Main Street. Enter at the west end (Main Street end) of the building.

Bad weather such as lightening or hazardous road conditions may result in race delays or cancellation. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Partnership for the Pathway is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, working to build a safe walking, running, and bicycling trail system in the Texarkana area and is the recipient of the race proceeds. The Run the Line half marathon is the primary fundraiser for our trail projects.