Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary to Host Race for a Healthier Tomorrow

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Running enthusiasts, it’s time to lace up your sneakers! The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is hosting the 4th annual Race for a Healthier Tomorrow on Saturday, October 8.

This timed 5K race and family fun walk will begin at the front steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, wind through downtown Little Rock, pass by the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and finish back at the Capitol.

All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register at Registration is $25 for adult runners (18+), $10 for youth runners (5-17), and $5 for children 4 and under. Proceeds from the event provide critical funds needed to support expert pediatric care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

With an additional virtual option, runners can participate no matter where they are in the state. Virtual racers can walk, run or ride from their home, neighborhood or favorite park.  

All participants will be able to create a customizable fundraising website to build their team. Adults will receive official event tech running shirts and medals, and youths and children will receive a medal.

“The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary has provided critical fundraising support to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for more than 50 years,” said Anne Tedford, 2022 Race for a Healthier Tomorrow chair. “All ages and physical levels are encouraged to participate! We invite you to join us in-person or virtually for this great event that helps make children better today and healthier tomorrow.” 

To register for the race, or for more information, visit

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization serving patients and families through fundraising and service projects. Founded in 1967, the Auxiliary has nearly 450 members who support the hospital through many fundraising efforts including a la Carte, Miracle Ball, Race for a Healthier Tomorrow, the Playaway Gift Shop, the ACHiever Program and the Holiday Card Project.

Arkansas Children’s is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas’ more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state’s only burn center; the state’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state’s only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven pediatric specialties (2022—2023): Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas’ only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children’s since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit

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