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...]

Running for Readers

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There are only a few races that I am willing to run year after year. The Mount Nebo Bench Trail 4 Miler is one of those races. Each year, in the mid-December chill, Race Director Michael Witt welcomes runners to the top of Mount Nebo State Park. The weather is typically cool, sometimes damp, allowing runners to choose clothing options from shirtless to completely bundled up. Mount Nebo is … [Read more...]

Stuff Your Stocking

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It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]

A Go!bbler of a ThanksGIVING

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The old adage on Thanksgiving Day- Gobble Till you Wobble- takes on a new meaning on Thanksgiving morning at Go! Running. There, with more than a thousand of your closest friends and relatives, you can pre-gobble waddle your way to a calorie deficit before sitting down at the table with turkey and stuffing. This is Arkansas Outside's third year to participate in the Go!bbler run. The first year … [Read more...]

Short on Runners, Long on Spirit

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We had another great year at Race the Base Trail Run. We may not have had as many runners as we had in 2013, but we had plenty of spirit. We had a great crew of last minute volunteers from a local running group, while many other members of the group were racing. We certainly appreciate this crew of athletes who have helped Arkansas Outside with a few events recently. Saturday many of them stepped … [Read more...]