In what is proving to be an eventful 48 hours in the area, Hope residents will have a unique nightcap event as the President Clinton National Historic Site, the University of Arkansas at Hope, the Arkansas Runners LLC and Jefferson National Parks Association will present the third annual Presidential 5k Walk and Run on Saturday night at the UAHT campus.

In what is proving to be an eventful 48 hours in the area, Hope residents will have a unique nightcap event as the President Clinton National Historic Site, the University of Arkansas at Hope, the Arkansas Runners LLC and Jefferson National Parks Association will present the third annual Presidential 5k Walk and Run on Saturday night at the UAHT campus.
Sign in starts at 6:30 p.m. race starts at 7:00 p.m., according to Christian Davis of the Clinton National Historic Site.
“Participation is open to all ages and although registration for t-shirts has closed, signup sheets are still be accepted and are available at www.nps.gov/wicl and www.arkansasrunners.com,” Davis said.  
Davis also said that registration is free and that various 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes will be awarded.
Hempstead Bicentennial Chair Richard Reed said, “This event is a part of the celebration of the bicentennial celebration for Hempstead County.”  Reed also touted a related event happening after the 5K at night fall in the UAHT parking lot near the Technology and Industrial center, called “Underneath the Starry Skies.”
Reed said, “After the run, there will be an educational Astronomy program, and we will have a telescope with a projector, and there will be several presentations about the constellations and other aspects of Astronomy.”
Along with Reed, other presenters are scheduled to include Mike Simpson, an Education Training Specialist, and Carol Hendrix of Hope Academy of Public Service. Reed encouraged interested Astronomy participants to bring chairs or lawn chairs, and he said, “This program will be of interest to everyone from kids to adults, and we would like to see this evolve into a yearly ‘Star Watch Party’ event.”
Davis also said that National Park Week is April 21-28, and he reminded local residents as well as those in the region that the Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Admission is free. For more information call (870) 777-4455,” he said.