The Gravel Grinder

The Land Run 100 with Team De Pjip.

Dirty Kanza Slideshow 2013 from Eric Benjamin on Vimeo. The Dirty Kanza 200 is a solo, self-supported, non-stop, 200-mile-long bicycling endurance challenge on the gravel and dirt roads of the Flint Hills region in east-central Kansas. The race brings over 1,000 riders from 7 countries and 46 states, and is recognized as one of the top five endurance races in the world. What the heck does this … [Read more...]

Is Arkansas better than Colorado? – The Road to Leadman – Part 6


Colorado is a beautiful State, combining both plains and mountains, amazing rivers, trails galore, and an outdoor spirit….but the same can be said for Arkansas.  In fact, the Arkansas River begins in the Salida valley of Colorado and then works its way to the great State of its name sake.  While standing on the small concrete bridge straddling the 20 yard wide Arkansas River in downtown Salida, … [Read more...]

Tour de Cure: The Hunt for a Peanut Butter and Jelly

Arkansas Heels on Wheels group.

Decked out in my best riding kit, jersey pockets full of fuel for the day, cell phone charged for photo ops, and meeting up with my other Arkansas Heels on Wheels riding buddies, Saturday sounded  like any other morning I was preparing to ride. However, it was not just any normal riding day. Today, I would watch my mother not only join her first organized ride but also beat her longest ride by … [Read more...]

Springtime in the Timberlands


For the second year in a row, on May 10th, a little mountain bike race in an unlikely place will start off the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. Most of the races in the series have taken place in the Ozark or Ouachita Mountains or Arkansas River Valley. The Timberlands Mountain Bike Race takes place right on the geological border between the Timberlands of southern Arkansas and the … [Read more...]

Hoofing it for a Cause

The Seven Hollows Trail is a beautiful run/hike in the Spring.

Race calendars offer athletes a multitude of events promoted as fundraising events for charitable programs. Many runners, walkers and cyclists appreciate knowing that the race fees they pay go farther than a t-shirt and timing chip. Hoof it for Heifer race director Wanda Eason knows "it takes everybody doing their part to make a difference. The running community's personality as a whole puts them … [Read more...]

Go Loco!


Loco, bonkers, loony, mad, psycho, or nuts are all words one might choose to describe the adrenaline junkies who are always seeking the next adventure. I am certain some of those words have been used to describe me while having little or nothing to do with my own adventure seeking. Recently our family took an opportunity to once again visit one of our favorite Arkansas towns, Mountain View. The … [Read more...]

Simple Addition


Additive number theory studies subsets of integers and their behavior under addition. This could be a post dedicated to the tried and true story of how much running adds to one's life. Millions of words have been written by and about people who have changed their lives through running by getting healthy, staying healthy, combating illness, overcoming some debilitating illness be it physical or … [Read more...]

Hey…Coach! – The Road to Leadman, Part 5

James and Leadville Legend Ken Choulbler

"You’re better than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can!”– Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Race series an imminent coach to all participants For most of us when we hear someone yell “Hey, coach” it takes us back to our early school days, a time when “Coach” was a title of respect and when our ideas and concepts of what a coach is were formed.  Coach told you what to … [Read more...]

Fight For Air


We climb for those that can't breathe on their own. We climb because no one deserves to die from lung cancer. We climb because our children deserve to breathe clean and healthy air. The American Lung Association -Arkansas has been raising both awareness and funds to battle lung disease. They promote programs on improving indoor and outdoor air quality, raise funds for research, and give … [Read more...]

Styx n’ Stones on Mended Bones


As I stood on the starting line of the Devil's Den “Styx N' Stones” 30k Trail Race, I realized it had been just over five months since I had an x-ray taken of my left fibula that revealed a complete and total fracture.  This fracture didn't happen in a car wreck or a fall from great heights, I had to work long and hard to break this bad boy over the course of many miles and thousands of foot falls … [Read more...]