Hoof it for Heifer 2015

Time for a little yoga at Blue Hole.

The Hoof it for Heifer 20K trail has become a favorite for Central Arkansas trail runners. The race on the Boy Scout Trail at Petit Jean State Park is in its fourth year and is earning a reputation as a challenging and beautiful run. For many of the runners, this race is a warm down to running the Ouachita Trail 50K. It's always a treat to see friends and families running together in all kinds of … [Read more...]

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Hits a Bollard

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The first Saturday in April started unlike most Saturdays of the past three and half years, there was no 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. alarm. The car was not already packed with biking, running, or paddling gear. The cameras weren't on the chargers and although there were several events that we could have attended or participated in, we decided to enjoy the day by cycling with friends. Our foursome of … [Read more...]

Adventure Within Adventure

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The car in front of us suddenly slams on the brakes and slides quickly into the neighboring lane between two cars, leaving us no choice but to hit the mattress lying in the middle of I-40. Bodies bounced, cupcakes that had been carefully placed on a cake plate also bounced, leaving the icing splattered all over the inside of the carrier. In trying to fix the upended cupcakes, icing ended up in the … [Read more...]

It’s Cold, It’s Wet, Let’s RUN!

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The Onion recently circulated a video promoting a new app that tells users not only the distance and speed of their runs, but the reason they are running. The Onion's reasons vary from loneliness, fear of death, shame, a lack of friends, to a loveless marriage. We know it's all in jest, but every athlete has people in their lives who constantly ask, "why?". Once again, in a repeat but … [Read more...]

Ice and Slush a Syllamore Trail Run Tradition

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Thirteen miles into a sixteen mile run on icy, slushy, muddy, sloggy trail I proclaimed to my running partner Tina, "this trail has given us everything but dry". She responded with "yes, everything... especially beauty." That shut down the need to wallow in my misery, if only for a few moments. She was absolutely right. The weather forecast the week prior to the race may have fluctuated … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Joining a Running Club

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They are there at every race, the color coordinated teams with logos ablaze affront their shirts; the Cabot County Cruisers, Arkansas Running Klub, Saline County Striders, Women Run Arkansas, Rush Running, AURA-the Arkansas Ultra Running crew, Conway Running Club, Team Loco. They don't always wear matching shirts. In the case of Team Loco it might not even be a running shirt or team logo shirt, it … [Read more...]

Atalanta, from Greece to Rogers

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He looked up from his laptop and said "There's a duathlon at Lake Atalanta the day after the Styx N Stones trail race." My immediate response was "On or off-road?" "There's a choice" he said, "you can do either." This is intriguing. My first experience with Lake Atalanta was a couple of years ago when I was in search of a morning run route before heading over to the State Championship … [Read more...]

Team Loco Runs for Bacon

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We didn't arrive until well after the starting gun sounded, and by the time we approached the bridge on the Turner Creek we could hear the dance music stylings of DJ Anj and the cheers of the GO!Girls and others for the runners and walkers as they hit the mid point on the 2.6 mile out and back trail they would be calling home for five or ten laps. The 2nd Annual Team Loco Marathon/Half-Marathon … [Read more...]

Winter Hikes

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Every once in a while, someone will ask "what's your favorite time of year to hike?".  I know most people would answer autumn, for the fall colors. A few would say spring for the greening of the hills and meadows. My favorite time of year to hike is winter. Those who say that the desolation of a winter forest isn't pretty are entitled to keep that opinion, but I find beauty in the blankness of the … [Read more...]

Committed to Service: The Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon

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As the early hours just before dawn delivered the forecast of cold precipitation, 315 runners braved the elements to run the Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon. I was not at the start line this year, instead I was miles away at an aide station, but in my imagination the line was a flurry of the usual butterflies, nervousness, anticipation, mixed with a little sadness, a lot of emotion and probably a … [Read more...]