Team Loco Runs for Bacon

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We didn't arrive until well after the starting gun sounded, and by the time we approached the bridge on the Turner Creek we could hear the dance music stylings of DJ Anj and the cheers of the GO!Girls and others for the runners and walkers as they hit the mid point on the 2.6 mile out and back trail they would be calling home for five or ten laps. The 2nd Annual Team Loco Marathon/Half-Marathon … [Read more...]

Incomplete Streets

Where the sausage is made.

Tuesday night I headed over to Little Rock City Hall with the hope of seeing history in the making. After over four years of waiting, various groups including pedestrians, cyclists, parents, seniors, visitors, commuters, shoppers, workers...heck, ordinary citizens were finally going to see our beautiful city take its first real steps to being a walkable, bikeable town; a town where you don't have … [Read more...]

My Ultimate Journey’s First Race and First 1st Place Finish – Village Creek 25K Race Report

Approaching the 25K turnaround.

It started with a freezing cold morning boon-docking at the Wynne, AR Wal-Mart parking lot when the 5:30 alarm went off. I reached over to my strategically placed remote start and hit the button to get the heat flowing. Laying under the covers waiting for the warmth, I began thinking to myself that Arkansas was making running a race very difficult. My previous race attempt was the weekend before … [Read more...]

The Scuttlebutt on the 2015 Little Rock Marathon

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Aye matey! The Little Rock Marathon is coming up on March 1st and the Chicks-In-Charge (CIC) have some big changes to match the famously big medal. (Large enough to be used as an anchor for a three-masted vessel.) Everyone should know by now that the theme for 2015 is Pirates to add a bit of skulduggery to the festivities. New USATF certified courses - The course changes are mainly in the … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

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It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]

Committed to Service: The Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon

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As the early hours just before dawn delivered the forecast of cold precipitation, 315 runners braved the elements to run the Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon. I was not at the start line this year, instead I was miles away at an aide station, but in my imagination the line was a flurry of the usual butterflies, nervousness, anticipation, mixed with a little sadness, a lot of emotion and probably a … [Read more...]

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”

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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

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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...]