National Black Marathoners Association to Host Running Workshop in Little Rock

(From Media Release) National Black Marathoners Association to Host Running Workshop in Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark.) In an effort to increase ethnic minority running, officials with the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) announced today they are hosting a workshop on Nov. 11 in Little Rock, aimed at organizing ethnic running/walking clubs in Arkansas. The goal is to establish … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Marathon

On Saturday, my day was peppered with people along the trail, some of whom were long time friends, some new acquaintances and some complete strangers who cheered, rallied, cajoled and pushed me throughout my journey to the top. On Sunday, it was my turn to get to do that for others. As we walked down the street toward the starting line, I remembered Susy's words to me the day before- no need to … [Read more...]

It’s Cold, It’s Wet, Let’s RUN!

The Onion recently circulated a video promoting a new app that tells users not only the distance and speed of their runs, but the reason they are running. The Onion's reasons vary from loneliness, fear of death, shame, a lack of friends, to a loveless marriage. We know it's all in jest, but every athlete has people in their lives who constantly ask, "why?". Once again, in a repeat but … [Read more...]

The Perfect Day for a Marathon

After 10 years of talking, planning and plotting, the inaugural Fort Smith Marathon was held Sunday. The response exceeded expectations. Race organizers had set a goal of having 750 runners in the full marathon, half marathon and four-person relay race. More than 1,000 runners descended on downtown Fort Smith with even more people lining the hilly course to cheer for their family members, … [Read more...]

Team Loco Runs for Bacon

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...]

The Scuttlebutt on the 2015 Little Rock Marathon

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...]

Committed to Service: The Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon

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...]

I’ve Been Blessed

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...]

A Perfect Day to Race Mountain Bikes

It was a weekend of inaugural events. Having a front row seat during this latest growth of outdoor participatory sports is quite the ride. Saturday was spent in the mountains just south of Lake Ouachita at the first Lake Ouachita Vista Trail 100K Run; Sunday was spent in the mountains just south of DeGray Lake at the very first Iron Mountain Endurance Mountain Bike Race. The Iron Mountain Bike … [Read more...]

You Got To Have Friends

As the Divine Miss M sings "standing at the end of the road, boys, waiting for my new friends to come. I don't care if I'm hungry or poor, I'm gonna get me some of them. Cause you got to have friends". The morning started off like every race morning seems to start for me and my best running pal Ashley, with laughter and standing in line at the porta potty. You might think that early mornings and … [Read more...]