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...]

A Go!bbler of a ThanksGIVING

Running through Allsopp Park.

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...]

Bona Dea:  In the Time of “Firsts”

Triumphant Father with Proud Daughter

Welcome Guest Writer and Tie Dyed Trail Grub owner, Bill Dobbins This year’s Bona Dea 50k will always represent a multitude of “firsts” for me. Besides being the first Arctic run of the year, there were four first 50k finishes that I know about, a distance PR and a brush with running greatness.  My purpose is to tell their stories and not dwell on the cold, because even in the dreariest of … [Read more...]

Short on Runners, Long on Spirit

Run with abandon

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...]

Where is Chicken Boy?

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The darkness had settled in, the race was going into its fifteenth hour, and the radio operators were busy calling out race numbers as runners came in to and left out of the thirteen aid stations that stretch over the one hundred mile course. Passing ten of them twice, runners have a chance to get food and drink or whatever else they might need twenty-three times, about every 4.3 miles. We were … [Read more...]

Bonk, DNF, Success! – The Road to Leadman – Part 10

EYE OF THE TIGER! ….IS MISSING SOMEWHERE…AT TWIN LAKES AID STATION

 “Missed it by that much.” Maxwell Smart Well, it did not end well.  It was catastrophically beautiful, I ran like an ultra-runner, barfed, continued, went pale, stumbled, and bonked.  Let me share it with you in detail…. The Leadville 100 mile run started early on August 16th, 2014.  This was the last of 5 events to achieve Leadman status and followed the 100 mile bike race the previous … [Read more...]

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...]