***Special Notice***

Due to the need for social distancing surrounding the COVID-19 situation, many of the events listed on our calendar have been canceled or had the dates changed. We are not currently taking down events as we haven’t received any definitives from most event organizers. WE RECOMMEND that you contact the race director or organizer before registering for any event in the next couple of months. We will attempt to keep you informed as we get more information. Thanks.

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.


Cave City Easter Run 5K-10K-Half Marathon @ Cave City Park
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

We have a distance for everyone! Join us for the 1/2 marathon, 10k, or 5k!.  All races start and finish at the Cave City Park at 9 am.

About the course: The first 3/4 mile is pavement before it turns to a roller coaster of scenic gravel roads.  The 5k and 10k are out and back routes.  The 1/2 marathon goes out and you will do a “lollipop” style out and back.  Aid stations will be along the course.

Unique finisher awards and top 3 Male/Female awards will be given for each race.  Deadline to guarantee a t-shirt will be March 27.  Post race food will be provided for all participants at roughly 11am.  All funds received through registration will be used to cover race expenses and a Cave City Community Project (TBA).

Packet Pickup and day of registration will be 7-8:45 am on 4/11/2020.

Cow Paddy 5K/1K @ Gulley Park
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

cow paddy

Our Mission

To positively impact our community by providing access to health and fitness opportunities and financially supporting academic excellence.

Events and Youth Programs

Youth Running Clubs
Summer Youth Running Camps
Family Friendly Community Events
Fundraising Race Events: Cow Paddy Run & Hero Half Marathon

The Cow Paddy Run is comprised of a 5K and 1K Fun Run at Gulley Park in Fayetteville, AR hosted by The Spark Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create a positive impact in our community by providing increased access to health and fitness opportunities while supporting academic excellence. Proceeds support innovative educational projects in schools through the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation as well as our Foundation’s outreach programming.


Run Arkansas Virtual Challenge @ Arkansas
Apr 13 @ 5:00 am – 6:00 am
Run Arkansas Virtual Challenge @ Arkansas | Arkansas | United States

1. Register for the challenge!
The challenge cost is $30 flat. Registration includes a #RunArkansasVirtualChallenge shirt, free shirt shipping, private club access on Strava, and some other cool stuff we will tell you about once you are registered..
2. Set up an account on Strava!
It’s not required but we’d love for you to join our private Strava club. We’ll send instructions in your confirmation email. Encouraging, reminiscing, and friendly trash-talking is permitted and encouraged.
3. Join either the Beginner or Intermediate Challenge Hound group to track your Total Mileage Challenge.
We’ll send instructions in your confirmation email.
4. Run, Walk, Jog, Saunter, Mozy to accumulate the most miles on foot in 6 weeks.
Track the Challenge Hound Leaderboards for Most Distance, Most Elevation Gain, Most Consistency, and Most Dedication. Every step counts.
The challenge runs from April 13 – May 24.
5. Submit your time for one walk or run each week into the Virtual Results. Your distance has to be at least as long as the Distance of the Week, but it’s totally OK if it’s longer.
6. Cross your fingers!
Each week on we’ll pick a random winner from each category to win a prize from one of our favorite local companies that has supported us over the years. You must upload your results before Sunday at midnight to be eligible for the weekly prize!

Distance of the Week

  Beginner Intermediate
Week 1 (April 13 – April 19)

1 Mile

Week 2 (April 20 – April 26) 1.5 Miles 4 Miles
Week 3 (April 27 – May 3) 2 Miles 8K
Week 4 (May 4 – May 10) 2.5 Miles 6 Miles
Week 5 (May 11-May 17) 3 Miles 10K
Week 6 (May 18-May 24) 3.5 Miles 8 Miles

Get more info and register at http://littlerockmarathon.com/run-arkansas-virtual-challenge/

RussVegas Glow Run 5K
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 18 @ 9:00 pm

Racers enjoy an electric start/finish atmosphere in Historic Downtown Russellville and continue to experience lights, music, and entertainment throughout the 3.1 mile course.

After your Glow Run, take advantage of the Friday night expo, live music, local restaurants, and don’t forget the black light photo shoot to complete your night.

Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run (canceled) @ Maumelle Park Pavilion 8
Apr 18 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run (canceled) @ Maumelle Park Pavilion 8 | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run

50 Mile and 50K Information

Date: April 18, 2020

Location: Maumelle Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, Pavilion # 8 (see map and directions)

Starting Time: 6:00 AM (Prompt) for both races. Runners must check in at the pavilion between 5:00 and 5:45 AM.

Packets: Race packets may be picked up at Pavilion #8 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 12th, or between 5:00 and 5:45 AM race morning.

Course: A picturesque climb over Pinnacle Mountain followed by an out-and-back along the shore of Lake Maumelle. Course includes six miles of asphalt and the remainder on scenic, rocky, single-track trail. Pinnacle Mountain trails will be utilized on the “out” portion only. Several highway crossings will be involved. There will be no traffic control. Please be responsible and be careful!

Trail: The Ouachita Trail is a single track foot path on which no bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed. The trail is permanently marked with blue blazes. Turns are marked with two blue blazes. Additional markers (blue ribbons) will be out.

Aid: Eleven staffed aid stations for 50-mile; seven for 50Km. (See mileage/aid station chart.) Carrying at least one fluid bottle is HIGHLY advised.

Crew access: Crews can meet runners at East Pinnacle Parking Lot, West Summit Trailhead, Northshore, and the Hwy 10 turnaround only.

Drop Bags: Drop bags will be taken to the 16 and 36-mile aid station (Northshore), and to the turnaround point for the 50 mile (Highway 10). Please label dropbags with your name and “Northshore” or “Hwy 10” to avoid confusion. Bring all bags to the race check-in between 5:00 and 5:45 AM. Bags will be returned to the finish area after the race.

Cut-off Times: There is a 13-hour time limit for both races. Runners registered in the 50 Mile have the option to change to the 50Km during the race. To continue in the 50 Mile race, a runner must exit the Northshore aid station by 10:15 AM (out-bound) and 3:30 PM (returning), and the Hwy 10 Turnaround aid station by 12:50 PM. These cut-off times will be strictly enforced.

Awards: Finishing awards to each 50K and 50 Mile finisher. Overall awards to first male and female finisher in the 50K and 50 Mile. Awards will be presented as you finish.. Technical shirts to all entrants. Food will be provided at the finish – hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.

Race Director: Chrissy Ferguson, e-mail (Preferred) OT50@RunArkansas.com ; phone 501-803-9411

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