Back and Forth and Back Again

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When a race has been around as long as the Ark 5K (since 1983) it can go through some changes over the years, various names, sponsorships and venues. As the Twin City Bank 5K, the race joined the Grand Prix Series in 1983 - this was the second year for both the series and the race. Due to a new sponsor, the race became known as the Mercantile Bank 5K from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, the race course … [Read more...]

Harvest Music Festival – Not Just About the Music

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You bought your tickets to Harvest Fest...now it's time to make your itinerary.  Of course, the main objective is to relax and enjoy yourself.  Go into the festival knowing that you will not be able to see every single performance. Try to prioritize a handful of bands each day. Leave time to enjoy the festival and the activities and amenities of the festival.  The unique location of the festival … [Read more...]

Hotter’n Hell Hundred Earns Its Reputation

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  Before I started cycling I was exposed to stories of a bike ride in Texas unlike any other in the region: the Hotter'n Hell Hundred, a ride that hosts roughly 15,000 participants each year. In 2012 I did the ride for my first time and decided to sign up with the ‘Pace Group’ run by a coaching group out of Dallas. The premise behind the pace group is that they provide paid ‘pacers’ … [Read more...]

Trying to Catch a Train

NOT the train I was trying to catch, but it was the only one I got a photo of.

Aboard a train, I met a dameShe was a hipsterMan a real gone dameShe wasn't prettyFor New York CityAs we strut down on that Ol' FairlaneWith a heave and a hoWell, I just couldn't let her go - Yardbirds, Train Kept A Rollin' Dream therapy states that if you are trying to catch a train in your dreams you are looking to bond with something, afraid you are missing out on opportunities or that your … [Read more...]

2014 Bike & Hike for ALS

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There is something really special that happens on the morning of the ALS Bike and Hike. Most days, as cyclists, we air up our tires, ice down our water bottles, and fill up our jersey pockets with “fuel.” But on this odd morning, we also pack up some tennis shoes and a ball cap for a mid-ride hike up Pinnacle Mountain. Let me tell you, it is a challenging event, but the sweet view from the top … [Read more...]

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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This weekend marks the 4th Annual Bike and Hike for ALS, a fun challenge for local cyclists and hikers who would like a chance to experience two fantastic outdoor venues in central Arkansas in one event, the Arkansas River Trail and Pinnacle Mountain. But this isn't the only challenge for those wishing to support both awareness and research funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. You may have … [Read more...]

Arkansas Becomes a Bucket List Destination

Newly opened trails at Mount Kessler in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A couple of  years ago, Arkansas was ranked by the League of American Bicyclists as the most unfriendly state for cycling in the country. Number 50, the bottom, the worst place in the United States to ride a bike. Of course, we know differently and by showing our pride in the bicycling facilities we have rather than actual new gains in bicycle friendliness, we followed up that year with a solid … [Read more...]

Balance – The Road to Leadman – Part 9

Working on balance in the Arkansas River headwaters near Salida, Colorado…this particular practice session did not turn out so well. The sunglasses pictured on my head here should be back in Arkansas by now.

“So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.  Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?  A smile from a veil?  Do you think you can tell?” -  Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here It’s August and it is time.  No more training.  It’s time to deliver in a big way. The 100 mile Leadman bike and run events are both within the next few weeks, the 100 mile Mountain Bike … [Read more...]

Summer’s Here and the Time is Right…

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...for Racing in the Streets I'm standing on the hot asphalt of an old, unshaded tennis court. A piece of paper in my hand contains a random list of barely decipherable locations in downtown Little Rock. I take a moment to glance around at the twenty or so cyclists jumping around me like Mexican jumping beans on a hot skillet. They are grabbing identical papers off the court. I go back to … [Read more...]

The Journeyman – An Ozark Design

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Fayettechill, an outdoor lifestyle clothing brand, has been a supporter of Arkansas Outside since the early days. Since its beginnings as t-shirt company started in a dorm room at the University of Arkansas, Fayettechill has grown to a multi-million dollar outdoor lifestyle clothing company with over 50 retailers in 12 states. Fayettechill was originally conceived to be a culture brand that … [Read more...]