Hometown Hero

Lance Carpenter Friday night

“Go big or go home” is a quote used frequently in the South to describe the motivation and drive behind the scenes. Country music singer Lance Carpenter was the embodiment of that mantra last weekend. Lance knows how to have a good time and his friends, family and fans got to witness this first hand at “Music on the Mulberry”.  Some guests had previously purchased tickets for Thunder on the … [Read more...]

Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Arkansas Trail Fairy, caught in the act.

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race

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Cane Creek State Park held the third Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. After having been moved from earlier in May due to thunderstorms, the race had rain once again to contend with. Three-quarters of an inch of rain fell on the course overnight and raised fears that the course would be muddy, but the course withstood the rain and the race went on as planned. … [Read more...]

Iron Mountain Saves the Day

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The Riverside Classic Mountain Bike Race has taken place in the middle of Summer at Burns Park in North Little Rock for years. A 5 mile to 7 mile course that takes riders over rocky terrain, steep climbs and fast downhill sections but has always been a hot race. Usually in late July, the last race of the AMBCS series before the August break, parts of the course feel like riding in a furnace. This … [Read more...]

It’s Only A Mile

Elite Runners on the first stretch.

When you spend a lot of time attending running events that take athletes over 100 miles and last for days, a one mile run may seem a bit anti-climactic. It's not. A one mile run is more about technique than strategy, fast turn-over and stride. It's about running as fast as you can from the start and finding even more in an empty near the finish, and that is just one side of the one mile. The other … [Read more...]

Music on the Mulberry

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Country Music singer Lance Carpenter was among the bands scheduled to play at “Thunder on the Mountain”.  When faced with the decision to cancel his plans, he decided, “the show must go on”.  “A negative situation is being turned into a positive situation because of a community pulling together around a local artist who is organizing a music festival in 2 weeks.”  Lance had performed at near-by … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s just about the ride…

Basil leads a group of kids and beginners.

...or run. It's not always about racing or even a personal best. Sometimes, often the best times, are the days you just head down the trail. This past weekend a lot of us had the chance to just head down the trail, some ran, most rode. We enjoyed being in the woods on a warm Spring day, thanks to Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA). A couple of months ago, members of the CATA board … [Read more...]

A Trail Runner’s Tale

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For as long as I can remember I have been running.  As a small child, I would come home from school with nothing on my mind except running down to the creek behind our neighbor’s house.  After all, there were turtles, frogs and crawfish that needed to be rounded up and then released.  In high school I was a sprinter and ran the 200 meter, 400 meter and 4 X 400 meter relay races.  I was fortunate … [Read more...]

Summer is Coming

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I was wearing jeans and a sweater on May 22nd, and that isn't surprising. After all, springtime temperatures can be unpredictable. A mere three weeks later and we have entered that phase when the temperature has two readings, hot and hotter. What does an athlete, especially one in training for late summer and early fall events do when the temperatures reach boiling? Hydrate, work out in the early … [Read more...]

The Festival at Townsend’s Ridge

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I arrived late, the closure of the Pig Trail- highway 23, due to a washout caused me to take the long way to the park on the south shore of Beaver Lake. As I pulled into the Townsend Ridge parking lot, I quickly got my bike off the truck and got checked in. I rolled up to the start line with minutes to spare. I still had time to notice that the category 3 50+ group was the largest I'd ever raced … [Read more...]