Why – The Inaugural Mountain View Epic

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I was thinking, since the Mountain View Epic is the only race in Arkansas I know that has “Epic” in the race title, I have to do this story on “What is Epic?” …and why is the most demanding mountain bike race in the state deserving of this title?  That was the plan, and then the race began… It was the inaugural event, the very first one put on by the famous Frank Webber and his amazing sidekick … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 2 – The Race)

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(Part 1 is here) Cyclists were already milling around in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square, nervously making last minute adjustments to their bikes, packing drop bags for various aid stations and sizing up the competition. I noticed a few full rigid, single speed bikes and thought to myself, life is just not hard enough for some people. After looking over the … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

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Being a race organizer is a tough thing; dealing with permitting, aid station logistics, publicity, sponsors and volunteers. This past weekend Sarah and Frank Webber pulled off all of that and a little extra...okay, a whole lot extra, with the Mountain View Epic. For their first time directing a large, regional event, they challenged themselves with holding a mountain bike race on one of the most … [Read more...]

Ice and Slush a Syllamore Trail Run Tradition

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Thirteen miles into a sixteen mile run on icy, slushy, muddy, sloggy trail I proclaimed to my running partner Tina, "this trail has given us everything but dry". She responded with "yes, everything... especially beauty." That shut down the need to wallow in my misery, if only for a few moments. She was absolutely right. The weather forecast the week prior to the race may have fluctuated … [Read more...]

2013 Syllamo’s Revenge – Last year’s story

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(Editor's Note: AO Contributor, Cliff Li, raced in the 2013 Syllamo's Revenge and shares the experience with anyone planning out their race this weekend.) I couldn't believe it, I had actually finished the Syllamo's Revenge 50 mile marathon mountain bike race. That made it 3 for 3 for the marathon mountain bike races I had committed myself to training for and racing in for the year 2013. First, … [Read more...]

Go Loco!

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Loco, bonkers, loony, mad, psycho, or nuts are all words one might choose to describe the adrenaline junkies who are always seeking the next adventure. I am certain some of those words have been used to describe me while having little or nothing to do with my own adventure seeking. Recently our family took an opportunity to once again visit one of our favorite Arkansas towns, Mountain View. The … [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...]

First Loves

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The Sylamore trail holds very special memories for me and the annual Sylamore 25/50K race has been on my races I want to do radar for a couple of years. I was a little disappointed when the race sold out in less than 20 minutes and I hadn't gotten a spot. Luckily, as sometimes happens with races, spots started opening as registered racers found they couldn't attend and had to give up their bibs. … [Read more...]

Help Arrives for the Injured Epic

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The Syllamo (S?l’-l?-m?) Mountain Bike Trail five miles north of Mountain View in Stone County, Arkansas, consists of a series of interconnecting loops offering mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners 50 miles of trail, most of it singletrack. The trail name dates back to an infamous resident of the area in the early 1800s, a Creek Indian named Syllamo who was tolerated by the native Shawnees. … [Read more...]

3 Days of Syllamo – 2013

Early on the trail of the 50 mile race on Saturday.

I have always wondered what kind of person runs this race.  Do they do it for the challenge?  Are they determined to accomplish this feat regardless of the circumstances and obstacles?  Do they enjoy pushing their bodies to the edge?  Are they so stubborn that being sick or injured doesn’t matter?  Have they completely lost their mind?  I’ve found they are all of the above and some.  It takes a … [Read more...]