AMITY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Imagine waking up and the city where you live has multiplied its population 20-fold overnight. The hotels are booking fast, some even as far as 40 miles north in Hot Springs. It's all in preparation for one of the biggest events in Amity history.
The small town of Amity is as peaceful as it gets, but this week, they are preparing for war.
"We are expecting 6,000 participants alone, not including spectators," says Munirah McNeely, race director for the Warrior Dash, a 5K running obstacle course making its first trip to Arkansas.
"We have participants that are going to be running, jumping over fire, running through mud. We have 14 different obstacles across the course, but the best part is that it finishes with an awesome festival area," says McNeely.
Those participants will surge Amity's population to an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people, and some of those warriors are conquering obstacles for children in need.
"We do partner with St. Jude for this particular race, so as of April, we actually raised $1 million and that is continuing to grow," says McNeely. "They really just come and enjoy themselves, and you know create their own warrior."
The Warrior Dash is also working with the city of Amity and the Clark County Sheriff's Department to prepare for the crowds. McNeely says the city is just as excited to see their small town become a battlefield.