From Behind the Aid Station Table

The AO/Runners/CATA gang before all Hell broke loose.

A wall of spandex clad, sweaty people, heads encased in helmets, eyes hidden by sunglasses, swarmed the table like a zombie horde. Instead of "Brains!", they were after peanut butter & jelly, Gatorade, and pickles. At just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the mobile Arkansas Outside office pulled off of Hwy 10 and onto the triangle of grass at the intersection of Hwy 113. The signs … [Read more...]

Enduro Arrives

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I'll admit it, I was a little skeptical of this Enduro thing. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with it; my concern was more about Arkansas mountain biking in general. We are a low population state with a limited supply of mountain bikers to attend races, adding yet another type of racing just might dilute the current races too much. I may have been wrong. Enduro is growing … [Read more...]

Hike or Paddle or…

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...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]

Perfect Weather to Tri

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Back in 1985 I did my first triathlon. It was hard, it was fun, but life got busy and I didn't give myself the opportunity to do another one until the late 1990's when I got the itch again. The triathlon that called me out of hibernation was the CATS triathlon at Lake Beaverfork in Conway. Over the years I competed in the race several times, my daughter once did it as part of a relay and we've … [Read more...]

Shut Up Legs! The MS-150 Experience

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The morning was relatively cool for an early September day as my husband dropped me off at the starting line for the MS-150 Rockin’ Hot Ride. The atmosphere was celebratory as the ladies on my team arrived one by one and dropped off their luggage for transport to our destination. We readied our bikes and donned all our gear as we filled water bottles and ate the last of our mornings carbs. I was … [Read more...]

Fighting Red 5K

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The 2nd Annual Fighting Red 5K: A Race to End Blood Cancer took place on Saturday September 13th. We have a follow up from Race Director Colin Hall. The second Fighting Red 5K race was a great success. The weather was cool and pleasant and we had a great turnout. Before runners left the starting line, Deedra Wilson from Fox16 kicked things off with a few facts about blood cancers. … [Read more...]

Bentonville Puts on a Show

Scoping out his next move.

It was billed as a three day mountain bike festival, but upon arriving in Bentonville we quickly discovered that the Slaughter Pen Jam was going to be about much more than mountain biking. We arrived at the downtown Bentonville Square around 5 Friday evening and things were already hopping. We were there to see the trials and BMX demonstrations, but soon realized that we were in the middle of the … [Read more...]

A Tough Course on a Perfect Day

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The Slaughter Pen Jam has a full schedule of events happening over the three day run but the centerpiece of the festival is the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Cross Country race on the Slaughter Pen Trail System. The technical course utilizes six miles of the trail system for the juniors and first-time racers and a full nine miles for the other racers, with Category 3 racers doing one … [Read more...]

It’s not just about Mountain Bikes

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For 6 years, the Slaughter Pen Trail System in Bentonville has been host to the Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival. This year several city government and private entities joined forces to expand the festival into an event not only for mountain bikers, but also for the community. One of many new events on the festival schedule is a 10K trail run. Saturday morning the headlights blinked on … [Read more...]

Details on the Slaughter Pen Jam this Weekend

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Slaughter Pen Jam has become a full blown festival complete with music, food, demonstrations, runs and of course bikes. Here is some more information on the 2014 version happening this weekend. We'll be there all weekend taking it all in. Even if you can't make all three days, plan to be there for some of the events on Saturday or the racing on Sunday. It's going to be a grand time in Northwest … [Read more...]