Running Out

(Book Review) Endurance athletes consistently battle their own boundaries preparing for competition whether in race situations or with the records they keep of their own performances. What happens when that battle becomes one of life or death? What happens when an athlete needs the performance of a lifetime not to beat the clock or to get the belt buckle, but to save his family? In Dave … [Read more...]

2nd Annual David’s Trail Endurance Run

The Course Offering distance options of 7, 25 or 50K, David's Trail Endurance Run (link) is a race for everyone from those new to trail running to veteran ultramarathoners. The 7K course is also the starting route for both the 25 and 50K runs. Rocks, roots and short punchy single track climbs in and out of small ravines dot this part of the course. For the 25 and 50K runners, it is followed by … [Read more...]

8 Classic Arkansas Trail Runs

The Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Trail Run is arguably the highpoint of many an Arkansas runner's year and is the culmination of months if not years of training, nutrition and gear experiments plus a lot of hard work.  A good trail run doesn't have to be 100 miles long to be legendary. Here's a list of classic trail runs Arkansas Outside has participated in and some bucket list of events we haven't … [Read more...]

Back to Back on the Back 40

Plans for a group trip to the inaugural Back 40 Trail Weekend were in place; there would be trail running on Saturday and a mountain bike race on Sunday. A weekend cold front arrived with subfreezing wind chills and a forecast for rain. Our group of six arrived at the out of the way AirBnB rental within sight of War Eagle Creek only to find it dark and cold due to an unexpected electrical outage. … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]

So Much for Weather Forecasts: OT50 Trail Run 2016

The 10 day forecast predicted a good chance of rain and warmer than normal temperatures for race day. As the week progressed, the forecast waffled, settling the night before the race on no rain and low 70's. The forecast was wrong.  By 5:30 a.m. runners huddled under the pavilion hoping the drizzle would stop and they could start the race at least somewhat dry. It was not to be. With minutes to … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 20K

Wanda Eason and her team of volunteers from Heifer International and the Conway Heifer Community Volunteer Group continue to raise the bar each year. The Hoof it for Heifer 20K continues to grow each year, gaining new sponsors, more runners, and more donations. Race entries have grown from less than 50 to a sell out of 200 spots with many runners on a waiting list, reduced to begging on social … [Read more...]

Sleeping Under the Stars: Overnight Hikes in Arkansas

If you're dreaming of getting outside when the weather warms, why not dream of sleeping under the stars on an overnight or multi-day hike. There are plenty of trails in Arkansas with enough mileage for an exciting expedition that could be tame enough for families or adventurous enough for seasoned backpackers. I admit, I've been dreaming of campfires lately. Backpacking or sometimes just car … [Read more...]

Trail Love on the Sylamore

Saturday February 20th, 2016- the morning sky breaks as the temperature climbs into the 50's. It's not a typical February day in Arkansas and it's not the typical weather for the morning of the Sylamore Trail 25/50K. Not to say that the weather has never been warm and sunny, but with many of the previous years starting in ice and snow with sleet still pelting from the heavens, 54 degrees seemed … [Read more...]

David’s Trail Endurance 7K/25K

As we were driving through the winding mountainous route between Little Rock and Mountain Home Friday night, my Facebook feed continuously taunted me with photos of the big house by the lake that friends rented to stay in before and after the inaugural David's Trail Endurance Run. They had a fire pit, a grill, 3 bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room large enough for the group to cook and eat a great … [Read more...]