2nd Annual David’s Trail Endurance Run

The Course Offering distance options of 7, 25 or 50K, David's Trail Endurance Run (link) is a race for everyone from those new to trail running to veteran ultramarathoners. The 7K course is also the starting route for both the 25 and 50K runs. Rocks, roots and short punchy single track climbs in and out of small ravines dot this part of the course. For the 25 and 50K runners, it is followed by … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 20K

Wanda Eason and her team of volunteers from Heifer International and the Conway Heifer Community Volunteer Group continue to raise the bar each year. The Hoof it for Heifer 20K continues to grow each year, gaining new sponsors, more runners, and more donations. Race entries have grown from less than 50 to a sell out of 200 spots with many runners on a waiting list, reduced to begging on social … [Read more...]

David’s Trail Endurance 7K/25K

As we were driving through the winding mountainous route between Little Rock and Mountain Home Friday night, my Facebook feed continuously taunted me with photos of the big house by the lake that friends rented to stay in before and after the inaugural David's Trail Endurance Run. They had a fire pit, a grill, 3 bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room large enough for the group to cook and eat a great … [Read more...]

The Go!bbler Friendsgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, the AO house was prepared to welcome home one of our offspring for a long awaited visit along with dinner with grandparents and possibly a niece or two. By Thanksgiving-eve, those plans had all but fallen apart. One plan that did not fail was to take part in the annual Go!bbler Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning. I may have been missing my … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Race

Each year the weeks leading up to Race the Base tend to be hard on my heart. I get anxious, there is a seemingly continuous revolution of reasons to freak out. There's the email about something that is not quite right with the shirts that pops up right in the middle of an out of state trip. There are arrangements with vendors, racers, and volunteers to be made. The day before the race there are … [Read more...]

Atalanta, from Greece to Rogers

He looked up from his laptop and said "There's a duathlon at Lake Atalanta the day after the Styx N Stones trail race." My immediate response was "On or off-road?" "There's a choice" he said, "you can do either." This is intriguing. My first experience with Lake Atalanta was a couple of years ago when I was in search of a morning run route before heading over to the State Championship … [Read more...]

Running for Readers

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...]

Black & Blue Trail Marathon

Memphis is not known for its abundance of trails; however, it is home to some talented trail runners.  It’s a phenomenon that can’t be explained.  Trying to figure it out will leave you more discombobulate than before.  My advice is to accept it as you do that the wind exists. As a result of not having many trails, Shelby County is lacking when it comes to trail races.  Memphis trail runners … [Read more...]

Profiles in Motion: Hoof it For Heifer 20k Trail Run Race Director, Wanda Eason

Many people go to Petit Jean State Park to see Cedar Falls.  I don’t blame them, however, there are more trails awaiting discovery.  An easy way to experience them would be to hike/run the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail, which combines most of the trails at the state park.  If you want to have fun and have support during your run, Hoof It For Heifer 20k Trail Run is my … [Read more...]

Scout Trail Run

What makes 60 people get out in 40 degree damp weather on a Saturday morning? The promise of the feel of dirt and rocks under their feet, the promise of competition, the promise of that sense of accomplishment that comes from pressing the limits. The third race in the Arkansas Trail Run Series was at Burns Park in North Little Rock. It started near the BMX track just across the street from … [Read more...]