Rollin’ Down The Highway

The Highway 71 Classic is, as its name suggests, a classic ride in Northwest Arkansas, attracting more than 200 cyclists a year. While there are a few different ride options (including a "dirty" route), the main one goes from the Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville to Mountainburg and back, covering just under 75 miles. Highway 71 is wide and smooth, and after leaving Fayetteville, there is some … [Read more...]

Running with the Pack

The Chase Race and Paws gives everyone a chance to run with the pack, whether the pack is the fastest runners in Arkansas, friends,  family, or furry four legged friends. The Chase Race has been an annual event since 2006 when Don and Cheryl Potter organized the event in memory of their son, Donald Lee Chase Potter who passed at the young age of 13 from a traumatic brain injury. The race continues … [Read more...]

Wise Words from an American Adventurer

Over 50 years ago, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest. In his own words, he did not conquer Everest, "You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can't be conquered; you conquer yourself."  You've probably read his most famous quote in a meme or on a t-shirt, "If you aren't living on the edge, you are taking up too much space." His biography is titled A Life on the … [Read more...]

Spa City 6 Hour – The Videos

It's at a different time of year and it's now a 5 hour race but these videos from previous Spa City races at Cedar Glades should inspire you to join the fun on July 10th. The final video gives the best idea of the course. We were going back through our old You Tube feed the other day and realized that we had some fun videos from the Spa City 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race over the last couple of … [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...]

Carving up the Crosswinds Classic

Racing bicycles on the road is different than most other events we cover. It's actually more of a team sport than running, paddling or even trail running. Road cycling teams train together, working out strategies utilizing the strengths of different team members, sprints, climbers, workhorses; it takes all to get a single rider to the front of the pack at precisely the right moment to capture the … [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’ve got to LOViT

Not so long ago the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) was a brand new, modest span of 13 miles between Denby Bay and Joplin Road on the southwest side of Lake Ouachita. That was  less than 10 years ago. Today, the LOViT is over 31 miles long and growing, currently stretching from Denby Bay all the way to Brady Mountain Road, an out and back of about 62 miles or 100 kilometers to our Canadian … [Read more...]

Run the Line, A Race in Two States

We have a guest post from Ashley Ederington who blogs about running and life with her boys on a hobby farm in rural Arkansas. She loves running and anything pink. She has a degree in Biology and isn't easily grossed out, Lisa has tried. Last week I joined my local running club, the Spa Pacers, and signed up for the Grand Prix. I’ve been running races around Arkansas for the past two years, but … [Read more...]

First Loves

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...]