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...]

Sometimes it’s just about the ride…

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...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...]

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...]

126 Miles of the Buffalo National River

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Some people feel they must travel great distances for adventure. For Laramy Ridley and the Kayak Arkansas crew, there is plenty to be had right here in Arkansas. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for 126 miles on the Buffalo National River is serious adventure, particularly over time in various seasons and changing water levels. In Laramy's words, "I started in the fall of 2014 to SUP the … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

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When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 2 – The Race)

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(Part 1 is here) Cyclists were already milling around in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square, nervously making last minute adjustments to their bikes, packing drop bags for various aid stations and sizing up the competition. I noticed a few full rigid, single speed bikes and thought to myself, life is just not hard enough for some people. After looking over the … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

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Being a race organizer is a tough thing; dealing with permitting, aid station logistics, publicity, sponsors and volunteers. This past weekend Sarah and Frank Webber pulled off all of that and a little extra...okay, a whole lot extra, with the Mountain View Epic. For their first time directing a large, regional event, they challenged themselves with holding a mountain bike race on one of the most … [Read more...]

One Mile Road Race Celebrates Fifth Year

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The Go! Mile is celebrating five years of being one fast little race with a new location at the Clinton Presidential Library. The one-mile championship race, presented by CHI St. Vincent Healthcare, is the state’s only sanctioned one-mile race and offers something for runners of all ages and abilities. Downtown Little Rock is rolling out the welcome mat, offering a family stay and play ‘Victory … [Read more...]

Ditch the Keys – National Bike Month

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As part of National Bike Month, Bicycle Advocacy of Arkansas (BACA) has partnered again this year with Ditch the Keys and others to promote both bicycle usage and Ozone Action Days in central Arkansas. According to the Ditch the Keys website: Ozone Action Days is a public awareness program that educates central Arkansans about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is the … [Read more...]