Pikes Peak Marathon 2019

This year the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent race celebrates the 60th anniversary of Arlene Pieper’s historic run as the first woman to officially complete a marathon. For years, her contribution to women’s running history went unnoticed. Her accomplishment was largely overlooked until 2009, the 50th anniversary of her run when Pikes Peak race organizers […]

Pikes Peak Ascent 2019

Arkansans once again invaded Manitou Springs, Colorado for the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent weekend. Arkies have been heading west to participate in the grueling race since 1984. Some, like Bill Coffelt and the Wears, Chris and Jonathon, love the race so much that they come back year after year. A few are going for […]

Rusch First to Finish Arkansas High Country Route

Rebecca Rusch is the first person to thru-ride the Arkansas High Country Route. She started from Little Rock on May 7th and returned to Little Rock on May 15th. The unofficial estimate is 102 hrs in the saddle, 1043 miles, 84K feet of climbing, 35,000 calories burned. Upon her return, we asked if there was […]

A Father’s Message, A Daughter’s Mission

The dogged pursuit of physical and mental challenges gave Rebecca Rusch the moniker “Queen of Pain”. Her career takes her to jungles, deserts, and mountains to perform the most arduous tests of athleticism and endurance. In 2015 Rebecca set out on an adventure that would challenge her like no other; a quest to discover the […]

Rusch to Challenge the High Country Route

Rebecca Rusch poses for a portrait at the Dirty Kanza in Emporia, KS on June 3, 2017

“I’m still a racer and I’m still competitive, but the exploration and the journey is far more important to me now and that’s how Arkansas ties in. There’s not a personal connection there, but I’m going to ride 1100 miles around the state and see towns and places and meet people from my bike that […]

LIV Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Clinic

Ride Bikes, Be Happy Last year for Mother’s Day I treated myself to a LIV Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Clinic, a weekend of skills, maintenance, and ride clinics taught by women for women. With the growing popularity of cycling, especially mountain biking here in Arkansas, more and more women are pedaling and searching for community. […]

Buffalo National River Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

Roark Bluff, photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

(from media release) During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, the river, overlooks, trails and open-air exhibits at Buffalo National River, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services […]

Running Out

Running Out by Dave Essinger

(Book Review) Endurance athletes consistently battle their own boundaries preparing for competition whether in race situations or with the records they keep of their own performances. What happens when that battle becomes one of life or death? What happens when an athlete needs the performance of a lifetime not to beat the clock or to […]

2nd Annual David’s Trail Endurance Run

Around mile 4.

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 […]

8 Classic Arkansas Trail Runs

Negotiating the rocks less than a mile into the run.

The Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Trail Run is arguably the highpoint of many an Arkansas runner’s year and is the culmination of months if not years of training, nutrition and gear experiments plus a lot of hard work.  A good trail run doesn’t have to be 100 miles long to be legendary. Here’s a list […]