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Hoofing it for a Cause

The Seven Hollows Trail is a beautiful run/hike in the Spring.

Race calendars offer athletes a multitude of events promoted as fundraising events for charitable programs. Many runners, walkers and cyclists appreciate knowing that the race fees they pay go farther than a t-shirt and timing chip. Hoof it for Heifer race director Wanda Eason knows "it takes everybody doing their part to make a difference. The running community's personality as a whole puts them … [Read more...]

Simple Addition

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Additive number theory studies subsets of integers and their behavior under addition. This could be a post dedicated to the tried and true story of how much running adds to one's life. Millions of words have been written by and about people who have changed their lives through running by getting healthy, staying healthy, combating illness, overcoming some debilitating illness be it physical or … [Read more...]

Hey…Coach! – The Road to Leadman, Part 5

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"You’re better than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can!”– Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Race series an imminent coach to all participants For most of us when we hear someone yell “Hey, coach” it takes us back to our early school days, a time when “Coach” was a title of respect and when our ideas and concepts of what a coach is were formed.  Coach told you what to … [Read more...]

Fight For Air

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We climb for those that can't breathe on their own. We climb because no one deserves to die from lung cancer. We climb because our children deserve to breathe clean and healthy air. The American Lung Association -Arkansas has been raising both awareness and funds to battle lung disease. They promote programs on improving indoor and outdoor air quality, raise funds for research, and give … [Read more...]

Styx n’ Stones on Mended Bones

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As I stood on the starting line of the Devil's Den “Styx N' Stones” 30k Trail Race, I realized it had been just over five months since I had an x-ray taken of my left fibula that revealed a complete and total fracture.  This fracture didn't happen in a car wreck or a fall from great heights, I had to work long and hard to break this bad boy over the course of many miles and thousands of foot falls … [Read more...]

Trails don’t just happen

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One of the most popular activities in parks and wilderness areas is hiking on trails. For thousands of years trails have been used for transportation, hunting, exploring, commerce. Long before roads, trails were created not on purpose but through repetition of use, the path of least resistance to travel from one point to another. In the late 19th century, as our technological world expanded … [Read more...]

Spring Forward – Spring Fling 5K

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Spring officially arrived last week, clocks moved forward an hour a couple of weeks ago, and even the daffodil blooms signal the end of a somewhat harsh Winter; but for many runners the true harbinger of Spring is the Spring Fling 5K in Cabot, Arkansas. Currently one of the links in the chain of the Arkansas Road Running Club of America (ArkansasRRCA) Grand Prix Series, the race has been an early … [Read more...]

A Little Taste of Home

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What does it feel like to hit a rocky trail, to climb and descend over and over again for 31 miles? What does it feel like to get up the very next day and do it again, for 50 miles? And what would it feel like after all that, to get up again and run for 12? I will probably never know but the strong, resilient, incredible endurance athletes who run the 3 Days of Syllamo stage race … [Read more...]

Running with the Pack

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The Chase Race and Paws gives everyone a chance to run with the pack, whether the pack is the fastest runners in Arkansas, friends,  family, or furry four legged friends. The Chase Race has been an annual event since 2006 when Don and Cheryl Potter organized the event in memory of their son, Donald Lee Chase Potter who passed at the young age of 13 from a traumatic brain injury. The race continues … [Read more...]

I’ve Been Blessed

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Around mile 10 of the Little Rock Marathon, my running partner Ashley and I found ourselves running toward an Episcopal church where the priest was blessing runners as they passed by. Ashley turned to me and asked if I thought it would be sacrilegious to be blessed during the marathon. Of course not! A) the priest is there because he believes it is a service to the runners and B) it's 36 degrees, … [Read more...]