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...]

Doing the Cane Creek Canter

Star City is a small Arkansas town of about 2500 residents that lies at the border between the Timberland and Delta regions. This unique position allows visitors to enjoy the timbered lake with a marked kayak trail and abundant fishing as well as beautiful woodland trails like the 15.5 mile Cane Creek Lake Trail. For the second year, the park has hosted a winter no frills fun run that allows … [Read more...]

The Go!bbler Friendsgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, the AO house was prepared to welcome home one of our offspring for a long awaited visit along with dinner with grandparents and possibly a niece or two. By Thanksgiving-eve, those plans had all but fallen apart. One plan that did not fail was to take part in the annual Go!bbler Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning. I may have been missing my … [Read more...]

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...]