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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...]

It’s Festival Time in Northwest Arkansas

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Arkansans do love our festivals. We have festivals to celebrate our tasty foods like watermelons, tomatoes, beans, rice, wine, chili and of course barbecue, our wildlife including ducks, butterflies, eagles, bass and catfish and our beautiful music, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and the blues. Whether we're celebrating a season, a place or a history, Arkansas does know how to throw a … [Read more...]

Three Ladies at the Three Legged Dawg

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I had the pleasure of racing my first ever single track mountain bike race at the Iron Mountain Trail called The Three-legged Dawg put on by DLT events.  This is one of the newer trails in the Ouachita region located on the shores of DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia.  I had only ridden at Iron Mountain two previous times,  but I have very fond memories of this trail.  Two years ago when I was brand … [Read more...]

Round and around and around they go…

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2014 marked the fourth year of the Star-Spangled Classic Criterium,  the last hurrah of local road bike racing in Little Rock before it slips silently away for the summer until it is reborn like a phoenix in the spring.  The course is a flat, 1-mile circuit mostly along Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  For those unfamiliar with criterium racing, cyclists race for a fixed amount of … [Read more...]

A Year on the Water

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Laramy Ridley of Kayak Arkansas often shares videos of kayaking adventures throughout the Natural State. He recently shared a mix of trips from the last year. In this video you'll see Hawksbill Crag, Falling Water Falls, Richland Creek, Cossatot River, Goat Trail, North Fork Illinois Bayou, Snow Creek, Cadron Creek, Haw Creek Falls, Big Piney Creek, Pam's Grotto, Winona Spillway, Ouachita River, … [Read more...]

Here comes the Star Spangled Solstice

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The final night of the Ronde von Burns Criterium races was last night in Burns Park. The Tuesday night series ended on a very high note with some spectacular racing and for the first time a kids race that was well attended and enjoyed by participants and spectators. The Cottonwoods continued to snow their seeds down on the event as the races proceeded throughout the early evening. Local … [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...]

GO! Mile Interviews – Cortney Allison

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(The final of three interviews with various runners participating in the 2014 Go! Mile happening June 14th in Burns Park. Register at: RunSignUp) Marathon girl running fast!   Cortney Allison is at home in the marathon, so the Mile is a definite challenge for this effervescent long distance runner.  Cortney was too close for comfort in the Boston bombing last year, just a few minutes separated … [Read more...]