Ramp accessible | City of Little Rock

The ramp connecting the Arkansas River Trail east of Broadway Bridge to the bridge will likely be accessible from here on out, but the ramps and associated work around the ramps (drainage, landscaping, etc.) are not yet complete (Fig. 1). The ramp to the Arkansas River Trail west of the Broadway Bridge and the trail under the bridge are not yet complete (Fig. 2).  The connection to the ramp … [Read more...]

Rock Run 8k: Staying Ahead of Them Old Muddy Waters and a Return to Running 101

Injury is what you make of it.  It can be an opportunity to take stock and plan your comeback or a prolonged period of sour grapes. This time around, I felt a bit of both. After a hard winter season of completing three marathons in the space of 64 days, I found myself lame and unable to run without pain. It was the same injury that fell a cocky new half marathoner five years ago when he thought he … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Moving Forward

Update: This from Jeremy Lewno, Bike Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock, "Great news to report! All of the emails and messages have worked. Ward 2 Director Kathy Webb asked the City to proceed with the Grant Application to restructure Riverfront Drive, referencing the 70 some emails she's received today alone regarding this project. City Manager Bruce Moore confirmed moving … [Read more...]

From Behind the Aid Station Table

A wall of spandex clad, sweaty people, heads encased in helmets, eyes hidden by sunglasses, swarmed the table like a zombie horde. Instead of "Brains!", they were after peanut butter & jelly, Gatorade, and pickles. At just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the mobile Arkansas Outside office pulled off of Hwy 10 and onto the triangle of grass at the intersection of Hwy 113. The signs … [Read more...]

Pedaling For Progress

Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]

Spreading Peace, Love, and Goodwill

On Saturday May 10th, runners gathered to spread the peace, love, and goodwill of the sport that gives them wings and to support the inaugural Peace, Love, and Goodwill 5K for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. Runners were promised a good time and a good run that would help Goodwill Industries accomplish the objective of giving the community a hand up. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helps people … [Read more...]

100 Miles of Arkansas

My  road cycling cred has been sinking. The last road cycling event I participated in was the Cross Winds Classic more than a year and a half ago. That experience ended miserably, mainly due to my misinterpretation of the masters category. Masters is not just for old men, it's for old fast men.  It was time for redemption, even if my fall from road cycling grace was only in my mind. It's a good … [Read more...]

New course, but still classic

Holidays and races compliment each other well.  Valentine’s Day races give you the opportunity to share your love of running in February and Turkey Trots are a cornucopia of fun in November.  For Arkansans, the Saturday before Labor Day means the Arkansas 5K Classic. The race has gone through seven name changes and a course that has had a fair number of modifications.  A few things remain … [Read more...]

Clinton Library Bridge Temporary Closures

Received from Stuart Van Houten with the Clinton Foundation today: The Clinton Library Bridge will be closed Monday-Thursday from 6am-6pm starting this coming Monday July, 22nd. The bridge will be open 24 hours Fridays-Sundays and the project will take place from July 22nd- October 1st 2013. Signs are up on both sides of the bridge displaying the closing information. The project is being handled … [Read more...]