Fighting Red 5K

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The 2nd Annual Fighting Red 5K: A Race to End Blood Cancer took place on Saturday September 13th. We have a follow up from Race Director Colin Hall. The second Fighting Red 5K race was a great success. The weather was cool and pleasant and we had a great turnout. Before runners left the starting line, Deedra Wilson from Fox16 kicked things off with a few facts about blood cancers. … [Read more...]

Bentonville Puts on a Show

Scoping out his next move.

It was billed as a three day mountain bike festival, but upon arriving in Bentonville we quickly discovered that the Slaughter Pen Jam was going to be about much more than mountain biking. We arrived at the downtown Bentonville Square around 5 Friday evening and things were already hopping. We were there to see the trials and BMX demonstrations, but soon realized that we were in the middle of the … [Read more...]

It’s not just about Mountain Bikes

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For 6 years, the Slaughter Pen Trail System in Bentonville has been host to the Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival. This year several city government and private entities joined forces to expand the festival into an event not only for mountain bikers, but also for the community. One of many new events on the festival schedule is a 10K trail run. Saturday morning the headlights blinked on … [Read more...]

Back and Forth and Back Again

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When a race has been around as long as the Ark 5K (since 1983) it can go through some changes over the years, various names, sponsorships and venues. As the Twin City Bank 5K, the race joined the Grand Prix Series in 1983 - this was the second year for both the series and the race. Due to a new sponsor, the race became known as the Mercantile Bank 5K from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, the race course … [Read more...]

That Dam Night Run

A group of runners make there way across the dam.

The flat truck held a long load of lumber down the center of the bed. The lumber in turn, held a group of runners dressed in wicking t-shirts and shorts, prepared for the heat and humidity of an Arkansas July. Many of those runners yelled, cheered, hooted or hollered at me and Ashley as they sped by us, load after load, truck after truck. Why were we not on one of those transports? Because we … [Read more...]

Zombies Don’t Wear Headlamps

See?....Zombies.

Ashley: What's that up ahead? Is it a person? Is it coming toward us or away from us? Mindy: It's a zombie. Ashley: Shut up! Me: It's okay Ashley, zombies don't wear headlamps, it can't be a zombie. Zombies don't wear headlamps. Unless you count the blank zombie like stare and faltering perambulation of an endurance runner doing an overnight long run. The swaying, lumbering form in … [Read more...]

Your Playground Needs Help

Hikers on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

I was looking through some past posts the other day and came upon this one from early spring, Trails don’t just happen. Looking for something in particular, I was disappointed to find no links to one of the most basic ways that anyone can support trail building and maintenance in Arkansas. The trails in Arkansas have many types of users: dog walkers, day hikers, backpackers, wildlife … [Read more...]

Pure Joy

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Apparently I missed out on being asked the question of the day posed by Katie McManners at the Go!Mile, which was "What does being here today mean to you?".  I was relaxing, having the rare treat of reading the Sunday paper on Sunday morning instead of Sunday night or Monday, when Joe called me into the office to look at the photos I took during the race. Up on the screen was a picture of a happy … [Read more...]

Finding Meaning in a One Mile Race

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Spring and early summer are favorite times for me to be in Burns Park, the large municipal park in North Little Rock which hosts events such as Duathlons, Mountain Bike Races, Dragon Boat Races, Adventure Races, Cyclocross and Criteriums and recent host to the Arkansas Trails Day celebration. The park has been a major player in outdoor recreation in Central Arkansas for many years, once a part of … [Read more...]

The First Leadman Event – The Road to Leadville Part – 8

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The Marathon 26 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon…like #4, Chafing “OK. Here it comes....I got this…..What else do I need to do to get ready…not sure…OK…..now what?” Yup, that’s the voice in my head trying to create anxiety and concern about the first of the five Leadman events, the Marathon up Mosquito pass to 13,185 feet and back down on July 14th, 2014. All of us have had butterflies … [Read more...]