ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

(photo courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

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...]

Making the Connection in Northwest Arkansas

Connections to the wild places.

Commuting to work is a drag. Our nation’s highways were not designed to soothe the soul. But many residents in Northwest Arkansas have an alternative to starting their daily grind off on the wrong foot. The Razorback Regional Greenway provides more than 36 miles of paved trails that connect residents in the region with their workplaces, schools, favorite watering holes, mountain bike trails and so … [Read more...]

That Dam Night Run

A group of runners make there way across the dam.

The flat truck held a long load of lumber down the center of the bed. The lumber in turn, held a group of runners dressed in wicking t-shirts and shorts, prepared for the heat and humidity of an Arkansas July. Many of those runners yelled, cheered, hooted or hollered at me and Ashley as they sped by us, load after load, truck after truck. Why were we not on one of those transports? Because we … [Read more...]

Six Years of Wampoo Roadeo

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The Wampoo Roadeo is a fundraising bike ride to support the Marilyn Fulper Memorial Fund. Marilyn Fulper was an active bicycling advocate who was killed in 2010 after she was hit by an automobile when the driver ran a red light. Money from the fund has gone to support bicycle education, advocacy, and infrastructure in central Arkansas. Funded projects include four fix-it stations so far along the … [Read more...]

Three Days of Fatty Fest

Did we say they were moving fast?

Over the last several years, we've covered just about every Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series venue the cross country series has descended upon; Devil's Den, Slaughter Pen, and Burns Park to name a few. This year was our first trip to the largest mountain bike festival in the state, The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival. We decided to go full immersion and attend all three days arriving … [Read more...]

Mighty Mite Memory Lane

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1984, Forest City Arkansas, was the start of something special. Of course, the sport of triathlon had been around for a few years. The true infancy of the sport of triathlon in the state of Arkansas started a year of so earlier than 1984. But the Mighty Mite came on the scene and its staying power is well known. The real male pioneers of the sport in Arkansas had names such as Robert Jacuzzi, Rick … [Read more...]