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.
WHAT IS THE EUREKA SPRINGS MULTISPORT FESTIVAL?
A three-day multisport festival consisting of a sprint-distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, Gran Fondos (road bike rides) on Saturday morning and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take one of two “Eurekan” challenges.
WHAT IS “THE EUREKAN”?
The name not only is the moniker of the event, but also refers to participants who complete the ultimate challenge! Any participant who enters the “Full Eurekan” who can complete the triathlon, 100 mile ride and 10K run will be known as “The Eurekan”! There is also a Half Eurekan competition which is the triathlon, 62 mile bike ride and 5K run.
The triathlon is located on Holiday Island, just a few minutes from downtown Eureka Springs. The finish line for the biking and running events are the same place each day which is located in the heart of Eureka Springs on historic Main Street in front of the Eureka Springs City Courthouse.
“Ground Control 1” will be covered Saturday, and “Ground Control 2” will be covered Sunday. Both are described here: https://www.singletrackskills.bike/camp-descriptions/ It is likely that the “drops” curriculum will be traded out for basic “jumps” during “Ground Control 2” because of the jumps at Northwoods. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Dates have changed to August 7-9!
Following the success of last year’s event, Bentonville Bike Fest has expanded and will be held on May 1st from 2 pm to 8 pm; May 2nd from 9 am to 6 pm; May 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm. The Bentonville Bike Fest was developed for all bike enthusiasts and will once again coincide with the Bentonville Film Festival in downtown Bentonville.
Exciting events and workshops for men, women, and kids include—
Van Dessel Gravel Ride
Pedal to the Medal Enduro
Hit the trails with Anneke Beerten
Bike Skills workshop with Perrine Devahive & Janine Jungfels
Sports and Pre & Post Natal workshop with Katrina Stand
Performance Nutrition workshop with Sofia Marin
Kids Shred Powered by Buddy Pegs Learn to Ride
Style It Up workshop with Nico Vink
Whitney’s Race is not just Whitney’s race. It is a race against time for those yet to be afflicted with pancreatic cancer, the most deadly cancer. It is Time To Cure™ pancreatic cancer. Whitney’s Time To Cure™ has passed. Whitney Marsh perished at age 41, November 1, 2018, ten months after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Five-year survival from pancreatic cancer stands at 5-7% showing little to no improvement in survival in the past 50 years despite vast medical advances across almost all other cancers. Researchers estimate Pancreatic cancer will be the number one cancer killer by 2030. Diagnosis is often late begetting the need for local medical practitioner education as well as research for improved diagnostic testing and imaging. Once a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has been made treatment usually involves chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy followed by curative intent surgery followed by more chemotherapy.
Whitney was scheduled for surgery, but the day before surgery a CT scan showed cancer had spread. She died within 4 months of the CT scan while re-starting chemotherapy and running 8-10 miles or biking 30-40 miles per day. Even the super-healthy are no match. Better pre-operative treatment options are the future. Whitney’s Race will fund the Whitney Marsh Foundation Inc for local education and national research for Pancreatic Cancer. Approximately 30% of the proceeds will be apportioned locally and the remainder with well respected national cancer research institutes such as MD Anderson. Whitney’s Race is a race against time. It is Time To Cure™ pancreatic cancer.
Whitney’s Race day at Fort Chaffee will be a great day of running, racing, eating, and music. Race for your best time and afterward hang out for a great time. Bring yourself and friends to race. It is a day for family and friends who run or not. If you don’t want to race come anyway. If you can’t come consider a donation anytime.
Gravel like you own it…
Recycle Bikes for Kids announces the third annual ARVEST DiRTY FONDO will take place on Sunday, May 17 at Historic Marlsgate in Scott, Arkansas. This is a gravel grinder on farm roads in Lonoke County.
Coffee on the Veranda at 8:00 am.
Cannon Start at 9:00 AM
Beer Garden opens at 11:00 am.
Lunch served between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
There are 2 routes this year:
CDI Contractors Route-48 miles
Big Barn Route-26 miles (Out and back to Big Barn Rest Stop)
The Big Barn Rest Stop is at mile 13 on both routes. There are rubber Gravel Ducks at each rest stop, so be sure and grab one. They are numbered and select door prizes will be numbered at the finish line. If your number matches one of the prizes, it’s yours!
There will be plenty of RB4K Dirty Fondo beer, (brewed exclusively for this event by Flyway Brewing brewmaster Nathan Greubel) at this stop.
The FIS Treasure Chest Rest Stop is located somewhere on the 48-mile route, but the location is a secret. Look for the Pirate Flag to help you locate the treasure chest and check inside for refreshments and/or any available prizes.
Our friends at Flyway Brewing are sponsoring a new gravel bike for one lucky rider. By being one of the riders who register and pay the registration fee, you could win an Ultegra equipped gravel bike, sized to the winner in your choice of color, and offered by Arkansas Cycling and Fitness bicycle shop.
E-Bike Ride Raffle-Win a chance to ride an E-Bike during the Dirty Fondo provided by one of the participating local bike stores. You have to be registered to ride the E-Bike. Or hand off the winning ticket to a friend so they can enjoy the gravel experience with you. Your friend can then register, if they haven’t already, and head to the LBS to be set up on one of the hottest trends in cycling. Currently, there are 6 E-Bikes available for raffle winners to pick from. The raffle drawing will take place Friday, May 8 at 6:00 pm.
Flyway Brewing will be hosting Packet Pickup on Friday, May 15 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm, so drop by their Argenta location at 314 Maple Street, North Little Rock and grab some swag, a beer and have lunch or dinner.
Registration for the Arvest Dirty Fondo assures Recycle Bikes for Kids will continue their mission of giving free bicycles to kids and providing adults a chance to Earn-A-Bike by volunteering.