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Our calendar of events lists outdoor participatory sports throughout Arkansas. Feel free to search through the categories or tags. There is a lot happening so make your plans today. Please remember, these are not our events but a listing of Arkansas events that we share through Arkansas Outside.

Arkansas Cycling and Fitness
18th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge
Feb 3 – Feb 5 all-day
18th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge @ Pettigrew | Arkansas | United States

The Buffalo Headwater Challenge presented by Adventure Subaru is a three-day, all-inclusive, “off the grid” mountain bike festival. It includes 5 meals, libations, tent and RV camping, live music, and amazing riding, highlighted by the annual “Challenge” ride on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. The “Challenge” ride consists of a 40ish mile semi-supported backcountry mountain bike experience with a few marked bailouts along the way. It’s a ride, not a race… just finishing is winning. During your ride, you will possibly encounter DJs in the woods and of course the infamous grilled cheese and soup at the iconic fire tower. In addition on Sunday, you will have the choice of joining the gravel group ride to the Buffalo Outdoor Center or using your wristband at The Buffalo Outdoor Center will get you free shuttles for the DH runs all day.

-Tickets are $55 for members and $90 for non-members. You can become a member here:

-A limited number of RV spots are available for an additional $25.00. (no hookups)

-Tickets will be limited in quantity.

-For 5 meals, 2 live bands, free beverages, a killer route, amazing humans, and a special swag bag you aren’t going to find a better deal!

-18″x24″ event posters are $30. They are amazing and make great gifts!

-Event T-shirts are available for $30

Live Music from Justin Larkin and Chucky Waggs.

Dinners are provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop and Delta Biscuit Co.

Beverages by Trailside Coffee Co, Fossil Cove Brewery, and Bike Rack Brewing.

White Rock Classic 50K @ Shores Lake Recreation Area
Feb 4 all-day
White Rock Classic 50K @ Shores Lake Recreation Area | Mulberry | Arkansas | United States

We have a new start/finish area, Shores Lake Recreation Area at the Pavilion.

See the maps for the new courses, 50K & 25K.

Need to Know:
How to get to Shores Lake. Map apps will get you there.
From I-40 Exit-24, take Hwy 215 North for 12 miles. Then take slight left onto county road 75 and go 1 mile to Shores Lake. $3.00 parking for each vehicle.
Camping is available, located about 1/4-1/2 mile north of pavilion area.

Race Information:
-No Fees, No Frills, No WIMPS!
-Don’t Be a Dumbass!
Read the Race INFO!
The run begins at the Shores Lake Pavilion at 9:00am.
The 50K is part of the AURA Ultra Trail Series, the 25K is part of the AURA Ultra Trail Series Lite
There is no entry fee, we appreciate a small donation to help cover costs.
Refreshments will be at the Shores Lake Pavilion starting at about 1:00PM
If doing the 50K and not confident of a 5:00PM finish you are welcome to start early.
(Study the map, you will be unsupported until the aid station volunteers get set up, you will not be eligible for awards).

Course Profile:
50K: 31 miles, 5,714 elevation gain
25K: 16 miles, 2,924 elevation gain

Course Info:
The course is on well maintained forest roads with some trail sprinkled in for good fun.
25K will run the Rim Trail (2ish miles). 50K will run the Rim Trail (2ish miles) and a short out and back on the Ozark Highland Trail for another 2ish miles.
Aid stations are approximately 5 miles apart

Important Note About Course: Avoid the recreation area, campground area, parking area, at the top of White Rock Mountain, this is not part of the course! This is important as we could lose access to this course. We will enjoy the amazing view at the Sunset Point while running the Rim Trail

We can no longer have alternative starts as in running to the top, riding bike back, starting at the top and running to the start/finish area. We have to start at the starting line and finish by crossing the finish line for both distances.

50K Course Map
The circular part of the 50K course is run counter-clock-wise
50K: Start at Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area. Turn north on Co RD 75 to Co RD 76 (4.25mi), Turn right on Co Rd 76 follow for (3.67mi) to Co Rd 77, Turn Left onto Co Rd 77 follow for (4.66 mi) continue left onto Co Rd 78 follow for (0.50mi) turn left on Co Rd 79 follow for (2.50mi) Turn Left onto White Rock Mountain Rd, follow for (4.06mi) to Bowels Gap Rd follow for (0.10mi) turn left onto White Rock Rim Trail, follow staying on trail for (2.1mi) this is around the mountain back to Bowels Gap Rd, Turn left onto Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.70mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76 follow for (184ft), Turn Left onto Ozark Highland Trail. Follow OHT for (1.25mi), turn around and follow OHT back to Co Rd 76. Turn Left onto Co Rd 76 and follow for (3.59mi) to Co Rd 75, Turn right and follow Co Rd 75 for 4.25mi) back to Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area.

25K Course Map
Start at Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area. Turn north on Co RD 75 to Co RD 76 (4.25mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76, follow for (2.15mi) to Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.65mi) turn left onto White Rock Rim Trail, follow staying on trail for (2.1mi) this is around the mountain back to Bowels Gap Rd, Turn left onto Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.70mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76 follow for (2.15 mi) to Co Rd 75, Turn right and follow Co Rd 75 for 4.25mi) back to Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area.

This 50K is very challenging and not recommended for those who have not at least completed the marathon distance. This course is guaranteed to help work off those Christmas Holiday pounds before the Valentine’s Candy arrives

Parking will be at Shores Lake, volunteers will direct parking
The recreation area charges $3.00 per vehicle to park and for day use
A volunteer will collect the parking fee

We have restrooms at the start/finish! Shores lake has restrooms at the pavilion and the campground. Out on the course leave no trace. This has been a problem in the past and we may lose our permit if we aren’t stewards of the forest. – LEAVE NO TRACE!!

Course Records:
Traditional Course:
Female Chrissy Ferguson, 4:44:25 (1999)
Male: Jeremy Provence, 3:46:20 (2018)
Brannon Cemetery start/finish course:
Female: Katie Helms, 5:14 (2012)
Male: Cole Crosby, 3: 53:55 (2012)

Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel the race due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. Both the condition of the roads and the weather will be considered. In other words, if the weather is bad, don’t go! Remember this is for fun, fellowship, and recreation. This run has been cancelled in the past due to bad weather.
Brought to you by Arkansas Ultra Running Association and Race Directors PoDog Vogler and Lisa Gunnoe

Alcohol is not allowed on national forest land

Cupid Shuffle @ Dupree Park
Feb 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Cupid Shuffle @ Dupree Park | Jacksonville | Arkansas | United States

We are excited to announce Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is hosting the 4th Annual Cupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run, held on Saturday, February 11th, 2023.

The race starts at 8am. Dupree Park’s USATF Certified Course (3.1 miles) will take participants through the City of Jacksonville! This is a chip-timed race!

Registration will remain open until February 9, 2023. Pre-registration is $25 or $35 Day-of-Registration. Runners 12 and under are $15 Pre and $25 Day Of.

All participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal. Awards will be given to 1st place male & female in multiple age groups.

Sylamore 50K/25K Trail Run
Feb 18 all-day
Sylamore 50K/25K Trail Run @ Allison | Arkansas | United States


Allison is located along the White River at the junctions of Highways 5, 9, & 14. It is 5.9 miles north of Mountain View. Click Here for a map.

Racer Check-In and Start

Racers can check-in Friday, February 17, 2023, from 4 pm – 10 pm. Check-in will be held on the front porch of Anglers Restuarant in Allison, AR. Also, race packets will be available for pickup starting at 6 am on Saturday, February 18th at the same location. Both races will start from Anglers parking lot. The 50k will begin at 7 am and the 25k at 8 am.


50k – Out and back course on 14.5 miles of trail and 1 mile of pavement. Two water crossings at approximately 2 miles and 30 miles.

25k – Out and back course 7.25 miles of trail and 1 mile of pavement. Two water crossings at approximately 2 miles and 14.5 miles.


Overall male and female. Finishers awards.

Entry Fee

50K: $95
25K: $95


No refunds means no refunds, no inclement weather policy means there is no inclement weather policy. Regardless of weather or course changes, the 2023 Sylamore 50k will start at 7 am and the 25k will start at 8 am. Again, no refunds, and no inclement weather policy. No exceptions.


In February, Arkansas weather can be freezing or in the 70s. Be prepared for any weather conditions and dress accordingly.


This course is a well-traveled hiking trail & is marked with blue rectangular blazes. We will not place additional markings on the trail. However, we will use tape to mark aid stations and use flour to mark areas where the trail enters and leaves roads.


You will need to carry a water bottle. Aid stations will be approximately five miles apart. Water, Gatorade, soda and food items will be provided. NO DROP BAGS.

Cut Off

9 hours. This is strictly enforced. The finish line closes at 4:00 P.M.

Course Record

David Riddle           3:31:44    2011

Run the Line Half Marathon @ Downtown Texarkana
Feb 19 @ 7:30 am
Run the Line Half Marathon @ Downtown Texarkana | Texarkana | Texas | United States

The Run the Line Half Marathon is a unique opportunity to run in one half marathon in Texas and Arkansas on a USATF certified single-loop course.  The race starts at W. Broad Street and Texas Blvd in downtown Texarkana, Texas, quickly moves into Arkansas, crosses back into Texas, and finishes in Texarkana, Arkansas. The course includes two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails and residential neighborhoods on city streets. The finish line is downtown at 3rd and Wood Streets in front of the Hopkins Ice House about 5 blocks from the start.

We are submitting a bid to be in the in the prestigious 2022 Arkansas Grand Prix Series. We will be notified by October 1, 2022, if we are in the series. If selected, this will be our 13th year to proudly be in the series. The Arkansas Grand Prix Series is a series of 20 races affiliated with RRCA and Arkansas running clubs throughout the state. Information about the Grand Prix series is available at

We are a Road Runner Club of America event member. We are also waiting to learn if we will be a qualifying race again the 2023 Natural State Running Series. The races and registration will be available at

A portion of the course is on the Texas/Arkansas State Line. The 2023 course is USATF certified (AR19015WJT). The race includes chip timing, walkers, and 2-person and 4-person relay teams.

Start: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. for all runners/walkers with starting waves based on estimated mile time. There is no early start. We will provide Pace Groups for finishing times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30. Pacer Leaders will be at the start with signs. The start is at the intersection of Broad Street and Texas Blvd which is one block west of Packet Pick Up in the Bi-State Justice Building. This is one block west of the pre-2020 start. The course closes at 11:30 a.m. For participant safety and official race timing, finish the race by 11:30 a.m.

Course & Maps:  Four miles of the course are on two park 10-ft wide asphalt trails with the remainder on coned off city streets. The course does have several long inclines. Water stops and restrooms are near miles 2.3, 3.5, 5, 6.5, 8, 9.8, 11 and 12. Multiple police officers and 100+ volunteers are stationed along the course. Musical entertainers are on the course. The Course Map is posted on this site. Water stops, restrooms, and the Relay Team Exchange Point locations are also on the course map.

LOViT 100 Mile & 100K @ Mountain Harbor Resort
Feb 25 all-day

Ankles of Steel…Iron Will.  That’s what you’ll need to take on the LOViT challenge – an endurance run of rocky, rolling hills and ridge lines that will take you along the southern rim of one of America’s most pristine freshwater lakes and through the ruggedly beautiful Ouachita National Forest.


Little Rock Marathon Weekend @ Little Rock
Mar 4 – Mar 5 all-day
Little Rock Marathon Weekend @ Little Rock | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States


Date: March 5, 2023

Time:  6:00 am Early Start, 8:00 am General Start


Date: March 4, 2023

Time:  7:30 am


Date: March 4, 2023

Time:  11:00 am

Named as one of Runner’s World “Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers” in 2017,  come fill your bucket at the 21st Annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon.  A race with personality, loads of southern hospitality, tons of caring volunteers, a running or walking tour through the scenic streets of Arkansas’ capital city and an impressive finisher’s medal.   We are a race for every pace.  We love walkers, 8-hour time limit for Marathon race.  Check out our website for more info:

Ozark Highlands Endurance Run @ Norfork River Resort
Mar 4 all-day
Ozark Highlands Endurance Run @ Norfork River Resort | Norfork | Arkansas | United States

Sylamore Ranger District

The 1.2-million acre Ozark-St. Francis National Forests offer endless opportunities for adventure. As one of America’s most scenic and picturesque areas, the Ozark-St. Francis provides a lot of the “natural” in the Natural State of Arkansas.

Ozark Highlands 50K

The course will start out at Norfork River Resort and proceed towards the Ozark Highlands Trail via 2.7 miles of rolling roads. The trail traverses through numerous hollows and takes participants across some of the most rugged and remote terrain in the Ozark National Forest. Runners will follow the Ozark Highlands Trail-Sylamore Section on an out & back course. There are three aid stations on the route and drop bags are allowed at the Twin Creek Aid Station, which is also the turnaround for the shorter 35K course.

Twin Creek 35K

This course option will follow the same route as the Ozark Highlands 50K, but turnaround at Twin Creek Road Aid Station. Great idea for those wanting to experience the Sylamore Ranger District trails, but not quite ready for the 50K.

Norfork River Resort

We hope you’ll make plans to stay the weekend and take advantage of the great post-race festivities and the beautiful Norfork River Valley. Contact the resort to find out more details about things to do.

Steve McCumber
13386 Arkansas 5 Norfork, AR 72658

Post Race Experience

We love our Trailrunning community and look forward to sharing our little neck of the woods with everyone. After the race, we hope you’ll join us in cheering on other runners as they make their way to the Resort. We’ll have live music, and craft beers from our friends at Norfork Brewing Company and Mel & Company will be serving up gourmet brats, soup and her famous Monster Cookies!

Awards & Swag

We like to support our local artists & businesses! Our finisher’s awards are creatively done by Mr. Glenn Cunningham and will not disappoint. Each participant will also receive a soft-style T-shirt and an official Ozark Highlands Trail patch from the Ozark Highlands Trail Association. For those that stay till our final 50K participant finishes, you will be entered into the drawing for some sweet prizes courtesy of Norfork Adventure Supply!

Registration Policy

On-site registration arrangements must be made prior to race day.

Entry fees are non-refundable; race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another year or person. No exceptions. This means that once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, or if the event is canceled because of weather, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Endure the Dirt 5k Cancer Mud Run @ Mack's Prairie Wings
Mar 11 all-day
Endure the Dirt 5k Cancer Mud Run @ Mack's Prairie Wings | Stuttgart | Arkansas | United States

We have so many options for you to participate this year !

You can decide to run VIRTUAL or join us to ENDURE THE DIRT and get DIRTY!
Beginners to elite athletes are welcome to participate in the fourth ENDURE THE DIRT adventure race that’s mission is to raise money to motivate, encourage, and educate cancer patients and their caregivers.

ENDURE THE DIRT is a 5K mud run that consists of obstacles that are engineered to test your strength and tackle your fears. Located on the flat land of Stuttgart surrounding Mack’s Prairie Wings, this course is designed for a healthy individual to understand what a cancer patient endures daily. Fellow participants will be there to give you a boost and help you conquer each task, just as the cancer patient has their caregivers to help them tackle cancer.

Marc Stringer started his cancer regimen with 25 radiation treatments and 5 chemotherapy treatments.  This wasn’t the end.  After his esophagectomy, he continued with chemotherapy treatments for 3 years.  We can’t even begin to count how many rounds he received some being 2 types of drugs some being 3.

This is what many cancer patients have to ENDURE, rounds, and rounds of treatment.  These treatments can bring side effects that are undesirable.  They can literally make you so sick all you want to do is stay in bed.

The NOW WE SPRINT VIRTUAL 50 MILE OR MORE RUN begins January 1ST, 2022.
Why in January?  Because of the weather.  Cancer patients have to deal with extreme circumstances just like you may have to deal with extreme weather.  We want you to be uncomfortable, just like cancer patients are uncomfortable every day while battling the dreaded disease.

The Virtual race is also a great way to get ready for Endure the Dirt. Enter your miles by Feb 28, 2022.

THE RETURN of the Mini Mudder

This year we are bringing back the popular Mini Mudder. This is a great way for kids who may be too small for our obstacles on the main course to still get down and dirty for cancer.

The Adam Brown Shamrock Run
Mar 11 all-day
The Adam Brown Shamrock Run @ Pearcy | Arkansas | United States

The Adam Brown Shamrock Run is held in the hometown of US Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Brown, who lost his life on Earth, on March 17, 2010, serving our country during combat operations in Afghanistan. All skill levels from walkers to runners, of all ages, are welcome to join us! Many wonderful individuals and organizations benefit from the proceeds. Adam had a giving spirit, as does his family. His spirit is kept alive by giving back to his hometown that he loved! Please spread the word, and invite your friends and family, near and far!

Chase Race and Paws @ Simon Park
Mar 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chase Race and Paws @ Simon Park | Conway | Arkansas | United States

Run or walk one or both of the CHASE RACE events!


2-MILE is not only an AR Grand Prix Championship Race but a fun family event. Walkers and slower runners yield to faster runners on the course.  All participants will be directed to the right side of the course streets. No dogs in this one, please!   The course is USATF certified and disposable chip timing with S/F mats will be provided.

PAWS RACE 1-Mile event is for participants who want to run or walk with their leashed dog/pet. It is a fun event for dogs/pets of all breeds, ages and sizes!  The course will be gun timed (no start mat).

LOCATION: Both events start & finish at Simon Park, 805 Front Street, Downtown Conway, AR.


1) Best Pet Costume Contest. Judging and winners will be determined during the 1-Mile race.

2) Local Animal adoption agencies and organizations will have info regarding their rescue as well as pets available for adoption.

3) Various sponsor booths with give aways and information.

C o u r s e s: The 2M & PAWS 1M courses are out & back, flat and fast with excellent traffic control & aid station. An experienced team of organizers will make the event exciting and fun. Restrooms available.  We hope to see you at the starting line!  Participants of all abilities,


Runner Amenities: Each Participant will receive a souvenir T-Shirt. To be guaranteed a T-shirt of your size, you must register before FEBRUARY 20th. Participants will also receive an awesome “goodie” bag. Each finisher will receive an official Chase Race medal.

Race results will be posted on Mac’s Race Timing, AR RRCA, Arkansas Runner, and

REFRESHMENTS: Various drinks, donuts, pizza, hot dogs, and other refreshments will be available for participants and family on race day.

P a c k e t p i c k – u p:

Early packet pick up options- Compass Academy 1150 North Museum Rd Ste 108, Conway, AR Friday, March 10th, 9 AM- 6 PM or at race site on race morning, Saturday March 11th beginning at 6:15AM-7:45 AM.

Directions to the Race: Take I-40 to exit 127, west on HWY 64 (Oak St) approx 1 mile to Front St., left (south) on Front, Simon Park is on the right. Parking is available at various lots 1-2 blocks away. 

AWARDS: Awards ceremony will follow all races. Awards are also available for pick up at Compass Academy or can be mailed. Please be patient and courteous to all award recipients. With this many awards, some will be getting personal recognition for first time, and all takes time. No awards will be available prior to the official awards ceremony. Thanks in advance for being patient and understanding.


  • Awards- *Overall (1 male and 1 female), Masters(top 3 male and 3 female 40+age group), Grand Masters (top 3 male and top 3 female 50+age group), Senior Masters (top 3 male and top 3 female 60+ age group)

  • Age Groups Awards- 
    Male & Female 1st 5 finishers in each of the following age groups:  10 & Under, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 80 & Over.

    No duplication of awards.

  • CHASE RACE 2 mile WALK (Walkers are encouraged to participate in the 2- Mile Race)

  • Awards given to 1st 5 Male and 1st 5 Female finishers as they cross the finish line. NO AGE GROUP AWARDS. Please remember, one foot must be touching the pavement at all times.

  • Paws Race 1-Mile  (PET required event)

  • FIRST 10 participants to cross finish will receive a trophy (all others will receive a medal) and will be awarded at crossing of finish line.

  • Pets Best Costume Contest ( 5 Awards ):  Top 5 as determined by the Judges!! Pets must participate in the 1 Mile race to be eligible for an award. Winners will be chosen during the race.


If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Three Days of Syllamo @ Blanchard Caverns
Mar 17 – Mar 19 all-day
Three Days of Syllamo @ Blanchard Caverns | Fifty-Six | Arkansas | United States

Three Day Trailrunning Stage Race

Three Days of Syllamo annual gathering at Blanchard Springs in the middle of March is old school trailrunning at it’s purest. The event was created by Steve Kirk in 2005 and has become a yearly pilgrimage to the Ozarks for many adventure seekers, reuniting for a weekend of challenging races, fellowship and the opportunity to become one of the SYLLAMOPEOPLE!

Over the course of three days, runners will experience the Sylamore, Syllamo and Ozark Highlands Trails. Winding, climbing and descending through the rugged Sylamore Ranger District including several creek crossings, past scenic vistas and bluffs and through dense forest


Courses…Change Every Year!

Day One

50KM: This run will take place on the Syllamo Trails. Full aid stations will be provided at approximately 4-8 miles apart. Due to the unique nature of these trails the race will not be exactly 50KM.

Race Start: 9:00AM
Time Limit: 10 Hours

Day Two

50 MILE: “This is where the fun starts”. This run will be held on the Sylamore, Syllamo and Ozark Highlands Trails that winds, climbs and descends through the beautiful Sylamore Ranger District including several creek crossings, past scenic vistas and bluffs and through dense forest. Full aid stations will be located approximately 4-9 miles apart.

Race Start: 6:00AM
Time Limit: 14 Hours

Day Three

20KM: This run will take place on the Jack’s Branch Loop. The direction of the loop changes each year. Aid will be provided at the halfway point.

Race Start: 9:00AM
Time Limit: 6 Hours

Entry Fees

Stage entry fee $185 (or) $80 for 50k, $95 for 50m and $50 for 20k individually before February 1st

After January 31st the Stage entry fee will be $215 (or) $95 for 50k, $110 for 50m and $65 for 20k individually.

Entry fee will include giveaways, great race bags, meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, custom finisher’s awards along with donations to further support trail maintenance and development.

Entertainment and meals after both the 50k and 50mi. Dinnerware is not provided as we work to minimize our waste for this event.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before December 15th

NO REFUND thereafter.

Stage entries are limited to 125. Total entries are limited to 250


Blanchard Springs provides an idyllic basecamp for Three Days of Syllamo. Relax and unwind after your run with free camping, hot showers and delicious warm meals. And don’t forget that invigorating soak in Sylamore Creek!

Spring Fling 5k
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Spring Fling 5k @ Cabot | Arkansas | United States

The Spring Fling has been run in Cabot since 1996. From 1998 to 2001, the race was part of the Arkansas Grand Prix Series. After a five year absence the Cabot Country Cruisers brought the race back into the Series starting in 2007.

Race Highlights

  • Race hosted by the Cabot Country Cruisers
  • Proceeds benefit Physical Education for Cabot Schools and a Scholarship to a HS Student
  • Race ends on the Cabot High School track
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR22001WJT
Arkansas Climbers Festival @ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
Arkansas Climbers Festival @ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch | Jasper | Arkansas | United States

The goal of this event is to bring together our community to learn new skills in many different areas of Rock Climbing! We will be bringing in experts in their fields to provide high-quality training.

The General Admission ticket will include camping and climbing passes to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, dinner Saturday night, and access to all workshops. Special clinics will need to be purchased as an add-on.

Clinics will be broken into morning and afternoon sessions. Space is limited to first come first serve.
Workshops are open to all, and are designed to be informative and fun! These will be shorter, giving those who want to climb during the day the ability to do so as well as take a short class and have fun.

We hope that you leave the weekend with new skills and new friends!

2023 Festival Schedule

Friday, March 24, 2023

9:00 AM – Check-In Opens

10:00 AM – Vendor Set-Up

10:00 AM – LGBTQ Climbers Meetup

10:00 AM – BIPOC Climbers Meetup

10:00 AM – Youth Day Out Climbing

10:00 AM – Climbing Clinics

6:00 PM – Arkansas Geology

7:00 PM – Arkansas Trivia Night

8:30 PM – Happy Hour

Saturday, March 25, 2023

7:00 AM Check-In Begins

7:00 AM Coffee with the Board

7:00 AM Yoga

Saturday Morning Clinics

(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

**Clinics are an additional fee on top of General Admission. Please be sure to register as spots are first come first serve.


Host: Scott Delvin

Meet: North Forty Trailhead

Learn the proper way to Rappel safely in many different environments.

Wilderness First Aid

Host: Dave Thompson

Meet: Pavillion

It’s so important to learn how to take care of yourself and your partner while in the backcountry. Learn creative ways to safely treat minor injuries and get an injured climber to safety. David has over 10 years experience as an EMT and a climber, combining both experiences into a unique class.

Lead Fall: Rock Warriors Way, Falling and Commitment

Host: Jon Richard

Meet: North Forty Trailhead

This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. Students will do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks and how to commit to those risks.

Multi Pitch

Host: Jeremy Collins

Meet: North Forty Trailhead

This class is for those who want to learn how to multi pitch climb. Jeremy has years of experience pacing gear and is excited to share his knowledge.

Intro to Sport Climbing

Host: Jason Roy

Meet: North Forty Trailhead

If you are just getting started in the sport of climbing, this class is for you! Jason has over 20 years of guide experience teaching beginners to safely climb outdoors!

Boulder Harder

Host: Nick Chavez

Meet: Pavillion

Take your bouldering to the next level with coach Nick!

Approach to Projecting

Host: Jordan Fugitt

Meet: Pavillion

Learn the do’s and don’ts of getting into the mindset of tackling your next climbing project.

Single Pitch Self-Rescue

Host: Jacob Frears

Meet: North Forth Trailhead

It is best to be prepared for climbing in all situations and in this case learning to safely get back down to the ground by yourself.

Anchor Cleaning

Host: Sam Warren

Meet: North Forth Trailhead

Cleaning anchors is a very important skill in climbing! Practice makes perfect, so spend an hour learning new way to clean anchors and stay safe!

Saturday Morning Workshops

(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Workshops are included in General Admission. No additional registration is needed to attend.

Little Ones at the Crag

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hosts: Mitchell & Megan Allen, and Jonathan & Katie Childs

Meet: Kindergarten Boulder

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean climbing is over! Enjoy the morning with other family climbing while learning tips and trick from experienced climbers and parents to make the most of your day the crag with your family!

Strength Training for Climbing

9:00 AM

Host: ARCC

Meet: Pavillion

Time to get strong! We will walk you through ideas on how to take your strength to new heights.

How to Tape for Crack Climbing and Injuries

10:00 AM

Host: ARCC

Meet: Pavillion

Learn how to effectively and efficiently tape up for abrasive crack climbing or for supporting common climbing injuries.

Lifting Weights for Climbing

11:00 AM

Host: ARCC

Meet: Pavillion

Climbing requires full body strength and one of the best ways to achieve this is through lifting!

Beer & Bagel Run – Arkansas
Mar 25 all-day
Beer & Bagel Run - Arkansas @ Hindsville | Arkansas | United States

The BEER & BAGEL OFF-ROAD RACE SERIES is coming back to Northwest Arkansas for 2023. We are excited to be back at the War Eagle Mill east of Rodgers, Arkansas. This is a favorite event for runners throughout the area, who come each year for a challenging trail run with a fantastic post-race party. Oh yes!  We can’t forget our legendary shirts with either “I’m a Drinker with a Running Problem” OR “I’m a Root Beer Drinker with a Running Problem” printed across the back.

Ouachita Challenge @ Oden Schools
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day
Ouachita Challenge @ Oden Schools | Oden | Arkansas | United States

The Ouachita Challenge Race Association has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a fun and safe 2023 Ouachita Challenge. We are in the final stages of getting our permits and approvals for the event. The OC must still follow state and local guidelines. Check the OC Facebook page for any changes or updates.

There are a couple of changes for this year’s OC. The biggest change is a Saturday Gravel Grinder. The gravel course will be using some of the same roads the tour course used, roads that are parallel to the trails, and the same aid stations. The Gravel Grinder will be 100k in distance. Map coming soon.

The Sunday Mountain Bike Race will remain the same.

We also have a category for those daring enough to sign up for both days.

The waitlist will be on the Ouachita Challenge FaceBook page this year instead of the bulletin board.

We are still having breakfast each morning as well as Saturday night dinner.  We will be able to seat 19 family groups in the school cafeteria at a time and will have some outdoor seating as well.
Riders will still be able to sleep in the gym and it will be and will be set up to keep safe distancing from each other.  Tent camping will still be allowed on the school grounds but safe distancing needs to be maintained.

The Sandtown Shuffle
Mar 25 all-day
The Sandtown Shuffle @ Batesville | Arkansas | United States

The Sandtown Shuffle is an experience in rural Arkansas that will include 2 days of challenging gravel rides, live music, and food.

Route Description:

Both routes will depart from the Pool’s Chapel church and travel 5 miles of Sandtown Rd. (chip seal) before transitioning to gravel.  These routes have a nice mix of sandy, rocky, smooth, and raunchy gravel. There are various low-water bridges on the routes.  So, depending on water levels on race day, your feet may get wet!

Elevation:  These routes average just under 1000 feet of climbing every 10 miles!  The hills are rolling and consistent!

Saturday: 3/25- The Sandtown Shuffle

Option 1:

30mi-Big T loop –

Half of the battle, but a whole lot of fun!

Re-supply mile: 16.5.

Option 2:

63mi-Big T & Sidney Shakeout loop-

This route splits from the Big T loop at mile 16.5 (aid) and heads north to enjoy the Sidney Shakeout loop.  It has a resupply at mile 41.5.  The roads on the shakeout loop are the fastest gravel that will be encountered on the route!  Throwdown!

Sunday- 3/26

Dirt Church/Guion run

Complete self-supported ride from Sandtown to Guion, AR

More details to come!

Race-  All distances are open to being raced.   If you choose to submit a GPS file for your effort after your ride we will record, verify, and log it into our files.  There will be Strava Segments available on both routes up for grabs, signs will mark the start of each segment.

Course Markings:

Small Signs will be present throughout the routes on Saturday; however, we strongly recommend having cue sheets or GPS devices.  These routes have ALOT of turns, and plenty of opportunities to get lost!  Be prepared!

Aid and Support:

Phone Service can be spotty on the routes.  Support/support line will be available; however, we ask all participants to be self-supported as possible.  We understand that things happen!

Support vehicles will also be on the courses. These are all run by volunteers, and they are there to help you.


Registration is available online until the night before the event.

Day of registration available, however, t-shirt not guaranteed.

All riders must have a waiver on file

Start Information/Headquarters

Pool’s Chapel Church in Sandtown, AR

Check in- before 8:00 a.m.

All riders must check in before the start, at the 16.5mi aid station, and at the finish.


Pancakes and Coffee will be served from 6:30-8 am

Lunch and dinner TBA

Rockin’ Luke Stroud – Jammin Jerry Lee Lewis Classics at 3pm

General Vital Info

All riders must wear a helmet.

All riders must check in prior to the start, and after the finish, and have a waiver on file.


Arkansas weather is unpredictable. The average high at the beginning of March is 70 degrees while the average low is 48 degrees.  Anything could happen! To accommodate our riders, our support team will collect gear (either at a support stop or a support vehicle) and leave it at the Dirt Church for pick up upon completion of the ride. This gear check is available as a courtesy to all riders. In the event of a weather emergency, all riders should take cover immediately.  Aid stations will serve as communication points for riders and SAG drivers will aid riders if any severe weather arises.


Pools Chapel Church AKA Dirt Church

This is a redundant church that is privately owned by members of the Sandtown community.  The church was built in 1953 and is one of the two original buildings left standing in our small town. There are zero operating businesses in Sandtown, so plan accordingly.  Cave City, Cushman, and Mt. Pleasant will be the closest open businesses with food and beverage options.

Lodging Options:

1)  Roughly 15 miles south of Sandtown, Batesville has various hotels and AirBNB’s available.

2) Camping: On site, camping spots will be available.

The church will act as a safe haven in the event of a storm/weather.  First, come, spots will be available in the church for camping.  It will be open all weekend to host you!

A firepit will be on site to enjoy as well!

Feel Free to reach out for more info!


Sandtown is an unincorporated mining town that started around 1886 with 7 “dig” sites stretching 5 miles to the small town of Cushman.  The Sandtown Shuffle is a grassroots gravel event that centers on the rural unincorporated community located on Sandtown Road.   Sandtown is five and a half miles west-southwest of Cave City (Sharp and Independence counties) and about nine and a half miles north of Batesville (Independence County). Local historians believe the settlement’s name comes from the white sand (or silica) found on the sandbar at the confluence of Sullivan Creek and Dry Creek in Sandtown.

In the late 1800s Manganese was discovered and started to be mined in the Sandtown area and went on to boom in the 50s when the federal government initiated a policy to stockpile the Manganese.

The sandy soil in the area is known to grow the “World’s Sweetest Watermelons” in the small neighboring town of Cave City.

This road used to be the route that the “mine” sights would use to transfer their iron ore to the White River in Guion via railroad!


Rural Innovations Group is dedicated to promoting and preserving local, small communities. The goal is to create and host outdoor, health, and wellness events in local communities that showcase their unique heritage and history and develop avenues for boosting local economies.

Capital City Classic 10K
Apr 1 all-day
Capital City Classic 10K @ Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Once the largest road race in Arkansas, the Capital City Classic 10K is back on it’s way to the top. This is a point-to-point race through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The 2023 is part of the Arkansas Grand Prix Series.

More information about the race can be found at

Hazel Valley Rally – Rule of 3 Gravel Experience @ Hazel Valley Ranch
Apr 1 all-day

April 1st, 2023 we’ll gather together at Hazel Valley Ranch in Fayetteville and head out for some beautiful miles on NWA gravel.  Expect routes of 45 and 64 miles in the Ozark National Forest.  Afterward we’ll convene back together at the ranch for Bike Rack Brewery beer, food from our friends Devin Cole and Chamois Butt’r with stories shared by the fire.

NEW for 2023:  This will be a timed event.  Podiums at the after-party!

Two routes to choose from:  63.3 miles + 7,566 ft of elevation gain AND

44.52 miles + 4,285 ft of elevation gain

Please note:  The courses will NOT be marked.  The routes will be sent the week of the race.  You must have a GPS computer or directions written down to navigate.

Aid Stations:  The Meteor Cafe and OZ Cycling Tours will head up aid stations on the course.  A SAG vehicle will also be provided by OZ Cycling Tours.

No refunds but you can transfer by MARCH 10th, 2023.  In the event that the Hazel Vally Rally 2023 cannot occur due to unforeseen circumstances, you can defer to 2024 or receive a 50% refund.

Every registration enters you into a drawing to win a Kuat Transfer v2 2bike rack.  Kuat will ship the winner the rack before race day to help you get to the race.  Thanks, Kuat!

For information on the best places to stay, eat and explore near Hazel Valley Ranch, head to for all the info.

This event is supported by the Ozark Outdoor Foundation and Experience Fayetteville.

Iron Mountain Legend @ Iron Mountain Marina
Apr 1 all-day
Iron Mountain Legend @ Iron Mountain Marina | Arkadelphia | Arkansas | United States

Iron Mountain Legend trail run is held on the epic trails of Iron Mountain just outside Caddo Valley on DeGray Lake.  With 10K, 28K and 42K options…there is something for everyone. Post-race food and drink, plus a unique finisher medal will make it a day to remember.  The start/finish line will be at the Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina. On-course aid stations with lots of tasty treats to keep you fueled for a day in the Ouachita Mountains.

A long-sleeve ringspun cotton shirt comes with entry, but a person can choose no shirt and save $5 or upgrade to a fleece hoodie for $15.

Talimena 13.1 Run & Relay
Apr 1 all-day
Talimena 13.1 Run & Relay @ Mena | Arkansas | United States

Free t-shirt to first 150 registrants.  Please note your size on the Registration form.  Don’t forget to order additional t-shirts (above) for your family and friends!

4-Person Relay Participants: You will NOT sign up individually.  Your team leader should have all information available and register each person on the team at the same time

13-Person Relay Participants:  You will NOT sign up individually.  Your team leader should have all information available and register each person on the team at the same time.

Packet pickup will be Saturday, March 21  from 7:00am-8:15am at Janssen Park (starting line).

Visit our website for more information about this beautiful run up the Talimena Scenic Drive!

Cabot Parks & Recreation Egg-Cited 5K and 1 mile Kid Fun Run
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Cabot Parks & Recreation Egg-Cited 5K and 1 mile Kid Fun Run @ Cabot | Arkansas | United States

The Cabot Parks Egg-Cited 5k and 1 mile kid fun run/walk is a great opportunity to celebrate spring and the warmer weather in a safe, fun, family environment. The 5K race/walk starts at Cabot Administrative Offices (CAO) and continues down Polk Street toward Freshman Academy, after crossing Lincoln Street, the race will continue through Shiloh Subdivision where there will be the perfect mix of hills and flat road racing. The finish line will be upon returning to CAO. This race will be chipped-timed.
The Cabot Parks and Recreation 1 Mile Kid Fun Run/Walk is for children currently in 1st through 6th grade. This race will begin at Cabot Administrative Offices (CAO) and continue onto Polk toward Cabot Junior High North. This race will be staffed for young children to experience a safe and fun running experience. This race will also end at CAO.

All participants registered by March 23rd will receive a bib, medal, and t-shirt. We can not guarantee a t-shirt after Mach 23. Virtual Participants will pick up their race packets at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N Lincoln St, Cabot, AR 72023. T-shirts, medals, and bibs will not be shipped. Must be present to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in your age group.

Hoof it For Heifer @ Petit Jean State Park
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hoof it For Heifer @ Petit Jean State Park | Morrilton | Arkansas | United States


Hoof it For Heifer is a 20k trail run on the Boy Scouts of America Trail in Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, AR. On this trail, you will pass through many of the diverse plant and animal habitats on Petit Jean Mountain – from the lush vegetation of Cedar Creek Canyon to the desert-like conditions of Seven Hollows. All are represented on this trail. The trail is technical and beautiful.

This is the 10th edition of Hoof it for Heifer, and this race has raised more than $60,000 for Heifer to date. All of the net proceeds from Hoof it for Heifer are given to Heifer International. Heifer International’s mission is to end world hunger while saving the earth. Heifer has worked in 125 different countries. For more information about Heifer International go to:

If you would like to volunteer to help us host this event, or if you are bringing a loved one that would like to help, please register to volunteer. There will be 2 aid stations, 2 road crossings, and a start/finish area that will all need volunteers.
Check-in will be from 6 AM to 7:45 AM before the race.

Register now! This race has sold out for the last few years, and the price increases are designed to encourage you to sign up soon. The capacity is 215 runners.

Course Description

This course is on extremely technical terrain, and there are about 2000 vertical feet of gain. Although your watch may log a little less than 12 miles in the race, it will feel more like 16 miles. The first ¾ of a mile is on relatively flat and open terrain. This will allow runners to space themselves out before hopping on the single track. The first aid station comes at the 4.8 mile mark after a 300-foot climb out of the Blue Hole crossing. The second at station comes at the 9.3-mile mark after you complete the 7 Hollows Trail. You will cross a bridge 0.5 miles from the finish line. This is the time to turn on your afterburners and have a strong finish! You will finish at the same place you started.

The trails are mostly single-track, and passing runners may be hazardous. Please be courteous to one another and offer to let others by as they come up behind you. Also, announce yourself as you approach hikers or other runners to let them know your there with a friendly “on your left” or “good morning”. We are all just out here to have fun and enjoy one another’s company!

Aid Stations

This is a cupless event! Remember Heifer’s mission is to end hunger while saving the earth. We plan to demonstrate this on a much smaller scale by providing you with much-needed nutrition and eliminating excess waste. Please plan to bring your own collapsible cup or water bottle to fill at the aid stations. Aid stations will be at the 4.8-mile mark, the 9.3-mile mark, and at the finish (~12 miles).

Finish Line

As in previous editions of Hoof it for Heifer, you will receive a finisher medal as you cross the finish line, and we will have refreshments and food to help you recover. We recognize the top 3 overall male, top 3 overall female, top master (40+) male, top master female, top senior (60+) male, and top senior female.

Cancellation / Refund

If you registered but find out that you cannot run, please let us know so that we can make your spot available for someone else. If you cancel before March 15, you may receive a 50% refund, or you may choose to defer to next year for a 75% credit toward next year’s race.

We are also allowing bib transfers through Ultrasignup this year. Ultrasignup provides you a link to edit your registration. There you can choose to transfer your bib to someone else by providing their name & email. The deadline for this is Tuesday before race day.

Sponsors Welcome!

If your business would like to sponsor Hoof it for Heifer this year, please reach out to the race directors by clicking the “ask a question” button on the right side of the page. The tiers for sponsorship follow:
$150 – Heifer Level Sponsor
$500 – The Ark Level Sponsor
$1500 – Presenting Sponsor

Thank You Wanda!

Wanda Eason started this race and directed Hoof it for Heifer from its inception in 2012 through 2021. Her core group of volunteers poured their lives into making this a truly meaningful event. Despite passing the race directing responsibilities on, she still comes back to volunteer at the finish line! Your new co-race directors starting in 2022 are Carrie Satterfield and Shane Poland.

Iron Mountain XC @ Iron Mountain Trails
Apr 2 all-day
Iron Mountain XC @ Iron Mountain Trails | Arkadelphia | Arkansas | United States

The Iron Mountain XC is an AMBCS (Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series) mountain bike race contested on the lengendary trail system of Iron Mountain which is located on DeGray Lake just outside of Caddo Valley, Arkansas.  This is a USA Cycling-sanctioned race and there are categories for all ages and levels.  An annual licenses is required to race in the Cat 1 category.  All others can race on a one-day license. NOTE: the Novice category entry fee includes the one-day license fee which is $10.

Chip timing, event t-shirt, post-race food and beverages (adult and youth), and awards are part of this great day of racing.

Also, check out the Iron Mountain Legend trail runs on Saturday, April 1 to make it a great weekend of soft trail competition.

Expedition Ozark
Apr 3 – Apr 8 all-day
Expedition Ozark

Choice of 8 hour or 5 days races.

  • A professional, AR World Series, expedition adventure race course set in the stunning Ozark Mountains

  • A fully supported event – no support crews required.  Bikes and equipment boxes will be moved by our logistics team to race transitions managed by race volunteers

  • A spacious and well-equipped race HQ in Bentonville (bag storage will be possible during the race)

  • Two nights’ accommodation prior to the race, and one or two nights at the finish (depending on finish time)

  • Airport transfers – Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas (XNA) is an 8 mile/5 km trip (Dallas Airport (5.5 hours) will be arranged if there is demand)

  • A post-race festival and awards ceremony with the community in Bentonville, including food, music and other festivities

  • Two sets of race maps per team (waterproof)

  • Any equipment required for activities and ‘surprise challenges’.  (everything except pack rafts and gear boxes included)

  • Support from our race safety and medical team

  • Custom designed Expedition Ozark race bibs (yours to keep)

  • Race garments and swag (shirts, buffs, local products etc)

  • Finisher gift

  • Live online tracking, professional photography, video and extensive media coverage for friends, family and sponsors to follow (photos will be freely available to teams after the race)

  • $20,000 in prize money

  • The winning team receives a free entry to the 2023 race

  • A fair and competitive event, adopting ARWS rules and refereeing standards


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