Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Race

Each year the weeks leading up to Race the Base tend to be hard on my heart. I get anxious, there is a seemingly continuous revolution of reasons to freak out. There's the email about something that is not quite right with the shirts that pops up right in the middle of an out of state trip. There are arrangements with vendors, racers, and volunteers to be made. The day before the race there are … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

The Skullcrusher Legend: Cossatot River Half Marathon

The planning began during the heat of a summer afternoon while looking forward to the cool mornings of autumn. A group of runner friends, anticipating the arrival of fall trail runs, planned a weekend long trip to run the half marathon at Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area in southwest Arkansas. Cabins were rented, menus were planned, carpools were formed, and on the Friday before the race … [Read more...]

Arkansas Trail Runs are Legen-waitforit-dary

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

The Bigfoot Challenge

Leave no trace, Bigfoot's been doing it for years! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has been teaching us how to limit our impact on natural areas for years, too. Like Bigfoot, we should leave no evidence behind when we're enjoying front or backcountry areas.The Bigfoot Challenge is an easy way to practice responsibility in the outdoors by committing to:Teach a child or a … [Read more...]

Arkansas Traveller – Whatever Gets You Through The Night

The night was young, the dark of the woods was new as music blared from the speaker and laser lights strobed up into the trees leading runners on the Arkansas Traveller 100 Miler to the aid station at mile 87.2. Most of the food had been put away for safe keeping after the morning shift when runners passed the station at mile 28.6 of the course. We knew the first place runner would be coming in … [Read more...]

No Bull! El Encierro of Little Rock

My friend Lacey is one of the Girls Rollin' In The South (G.R.I.T.S.), a Central Arkansas flat track roller derby team. The team often donates entry fees to local charities and they regularly lend their talents to help raise money for  various charities. When she asked me if I'd like to participate in an event imitating the famous De La Pequena Roca- the running of the bulls, where derby girls … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Marathon

On Saturday, my day was peppered with people along the trail, some of whom were long time friends, some new acquaintances and some complete strangers who cheered, rallied, cajoled and pushed me throughout my journey to the top. On Sunday, it was my turn to get to do that for others. As we walked down the street toward the starting line, I remembered Susy's words to me the day before- no need to … [Read more...]

My Pikes Peak Ascent Initiation- 2015

Once again Team Arkansas Outside ventured Outside Arkansas to spend time in Colorado. Last summer our trip to Colorado meant seeing ex-patriate Arkansas friends, hiking and mountain biking. This year we were back for more time with great friends, hiking, mountain biking, river tubing, sand dune climbing and the pursuit of bragging rights to a Colorado 14er. Each year a large contingent of Arkansas … [Read more...]