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.


Arkan-Cross State Championship
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

Come race some cyclocross with us! All levels welcome and encouraged to race. This is gonna be a fun course and a good time. Spectators and hecklers needed. The state championship will be on 12/8 but were gonna have 2 days of racing starting on 12/7. Come one, come all!

Run Run Rudolph @ River Center
Dec 7 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Benton Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Run-Run Rudolph 5K & Fun Run in partnership with the Saline County Striders. Come dressed in your favorite Christmas attire. Prizes for best dressed! Fun Run is open to children 12U (Free). Race will be followed by our FREE Community Event, Santa in the Park. You don’t want to miss out on this holiday fun!

6:30AM….Check In

7:30AM…..5K Start Time

9:00AM…..Fun Run Start Time




Running of the Elves 5K @ Bryant Stadium
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Bryant High School’s HOSA Club will be hosting our 2nd Running of the Elves 5K! Dress in your holiday gear and come run/walk with us! The race will be held at the same location as last year, Bryant Stadium. However, some things have changed. This year, you can expect:
– Arkansas Race Timing
– Kids’ Fun Run
– Other Kids’ Activities
– 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes + Best Dressed Elf!
– Children’s Toy Drive Donation
– Long sleeve T shirts and Snacks
Share this event with your friends! We are so excited to bring together the Bryant Community this holiday season!

Jingle Bell Run Little Rock @ Clinton Presidential Center
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

jingle bell run

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Clinton Presidential Library

Online registration closes on December 6 at 12:00 a.m.

Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, we’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step we take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause!

For more help or information about the 2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR contact Angela Harris at aharris@arthritis.org or call 501-232-8660.


Event Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – Day of registration, day of packet pick-up, Timing chip pick up, Elf Village (Kid’s Zone fun), picture with Santa, Vendor Booths, etc.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Kid’s Run Begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10K Starts
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5K Starts
  • 11:10 a.m. – Joe Cook 1 Mile Memorial Walk
  • 11:40 a.m. – Costume contest winners, volunteer awards announced, 5k awards.

Packet Pick-up

Early packet pick up (shirts, bells, timing chips ONLY available at race site) and on site registration:
December 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
GO! Running | 1819 N Grant St, Little Rock, AR 72207


Northwoods Full Moon Ride Series @ Northwoods Trails
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Northwoods Full Moon Ride Series @ Northwoods Trails | Hot Springs | Arkansas | United States

Wanna howl at the moon with the Northwoods crew? Shred Valkyrie and Blue Jay by the light of the full moon? Well, turns out, you’ll have 10 chances to join us on a monthly FULL MOON GROUP RIDE in the Northwoods.

The ride will be a no drop beginner to an intermediate group ride. The route will depend on the skill level of the participants. We will spend around an hour on the trails. We will meet at the trailhead at 6:00 and begin the ride by 6:30. It will be dark by the time we return to the trailhead.

All riders must have a mountain bike in working order, helmet, front white light, rear red Light, back-up light source, and water to hydrate.

After the ride, we will continue the fun with a little grillin’ and some tunes. Bring a chair! Don’t miss the fun… Come shred with us by the light of the moon!

Sponsored by: Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Spa City Cycling, Parkside Cycle, and Visit Hot Springs!

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Who: All mountain bikers/All skill levels
What: Full Moon Rides
Where: Northwoods, Waterworks Trailhead
When: 5:30 p.m.
How much: FREE
Why: Full moons are awesome and mountain bikes are too.

*Contingent on weather, Follow Northwoods Trails – Hot Springs Trail Conditions group for weather updates leading up to each event!

Full Schedule of Series includes (based on Farmers’ Almanac):
March 20 – Full Worm Moon
April 19 – Full Pink Moon
May 18 – Full Flower Moon
June 17 – Full Strawberry Moon
July 16 – Full Buck Moon
August 15 – Full Sturgeon Moon
September 14 – Full Harvest Moon
October 13 – Full Hunter’s Moon
November 12 – Full Beaver Moon
December 12 – Full Cold Moon

Back 40 Trail Run and Ride @ Blowing Springs Park
Dec 14 – Dec 15 all-day

Run, ride, or if you dare — do both on back to back days.

The Back 40 Run & Ride is always held on the second weekend in December. Come experience one of the newest trail systems in northwest Arkansas, opened in 2016 and nationally known. The Back 40 Trails in Bella Vista, Arkansas feature nearly 40 miles of pure Arkansas singletrack. Dirt, rocks, roots, ravines, bridges, waterfalls – we have it all. This two-day event, brought to you by the organizers of the award-winning War Eagle Trail Festival and the City of Bella Vista, brings trail runners and mountain bikers together to race through the woods. Push some limits, and have a blast doing it.

Here in Bella Vista, we have deep woods, generous climbs and stunning views. We took advantage of this topography when Mayor Peter Christie said to build some trails! These trails meander through the woods, splash through streams, hug bluff lines and cross specially built breathtaking bridges. You’re going to want to stop for a selfie. And then, when you finish, take one with Mayor Christie, who waits at the finish!

Choose to run and/or ride from three distances – 13, 20 or 40 miles. Trail runners start the weekend on Saturday, then mountain bikers head out Sunday. Mix and match distances or go for glory by competing in the 20/20 or 40/40 option. We’ve also added a friendly 5k distance this year, for those who want a little taste of trail running.

Participants will get a shirt with the phenomenal race logo, designed by local artist and runner Ryan Holler. Finishers medals will be awarded to 13, 20 and 40 mile participants. Those brave enough to double up and tackle the 20/20 or 40/40 mile distances will get a special handcrafted award. Overall top finishers (male and female) in the 13, 20 and 40 mile events will receive podium awards as well.



CASA Half Marathon / 5K @ Pine Bluff
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The CASA Half Marathon is here. WOW! How time flies. We thank each and every one of you that has helped us continue to grow our event and raise over $80,000 for the CASA Shelter of Pine Bluff. Kudos to you all.

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone so quick. But that just means another racing season is here and this year we’ll have a few surprises for you throughout the year. What could they be… well, you’ll just have to keep checking back to our website or “Like Us” on Facebook and you’ll get all the notifications there.

Here are a few additions from last years race still in effect and a few new ones:

  • 5k race (can either run or walk)
  • Same Start/Finish line placement
  • Family 5K package (up to 4 members)
  • 2nd and 3rd place Overall Awards
  • Masters Awards in the Half Marathon
  • Virtual Runner sign up
  • A delicious pancake breakfast when you’re finished
  • More to come!

CASA or the Committee Against Spousal Abuse is a non-profit organization that supports the victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, break the silence and get in touch with someone today. You can reach out to us at 870-535-2955 or visit our website at www.casawomensshelter.org for more information.

Ugly Sweater Race 5K @ Outlets of Little Rock
Dec 14 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Ugly Sweater Race 5K @ Outlets of Little Rock | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Dig out that ugly holiday sweater and celebrate the best of the season with a healthy dose of physical fitness! Part of the Run Local Race Series.

Wango Tango @ Siloam Springs City Lake
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wango Tango @ Siloam Springs City Lake | Arkansas | United States

IT’S BACK! The second annual “Wango Tango” endurance race-a rowdy 4-hour ENDURANCE mountain bike race on the City Lake trail system in Siloam Springs Arkansas is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th, 2019.

In a partnership with the Siloam Springs Parks and Recreation, the Borderline Ozark Off-Road Cyclists is excited to bring mountain bike racing to western Benton County!

Along the same vein as the popular “Bad Moon Rising” and “Gambler” events, the Wango Tango features 4-hours of solo and team relay racing on beginner and intermediate trails!

To add to the challenge, a 4 pm start means the sun will set 2 hours into the race and competitors will be tangoing in the dark to finish.

Categories include Solo Male, Solo Female, 4 Man Relay, 4 Woman Relay, 4 Person Co-Ed (2 male and 2 female), 2 Person OPEN (Can be any combination of male or female racers), and 4 Person Junior OPEN (Can be any combination of male or female Junior racers aged 13-18).

Come smash it out solo or with your best compadres as the Wango Tango caters to all skill levels. The race is spectator friendly and friendly heckling is encouraged. Pre-registration for ONLY $20/racer (juniors are just $15) at https://www.bikereg.com/the-wango-tango or onsite ($5 increase) at 2 pm on Saturday of the race.

Once the race wraps up, we’ll take the Action to the South Side of City Lake Park for awards, food, and post-race shenanigans. Trophies awarded 3 deep with something special for the most “festive” team (it is the holidays and a rock n’ roll-themed race…get creative with those costumes!).

All competitors must be 13 or older by December 31st, 2019.

Helmets are required to race, and all competitors must have at least one light source to compete (Helmet AND bar lights are recommended).

The Wango Tango is unsanctioned, and all participants must sign a waiver. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature to compete.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Borderline OORC and Volunteer trail advocacy in Western Benton and Washington Counties.

City Lake Park is located just north of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. From downtown head north on Mt. Olive Street and then turn right onto Dawn Hill Road. Follow signs for parking. Look for additional details the closer we get to race day, and we will see you at City Lake!

Mt Nebo Bench Trail 4M @ Mt Nebo State Park
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Mt Nebo Bench Trail 4M @ Mt Nebo State Park | Dardanelle | Arkansas | United States
Dardanelle Rotary Club’s “Race Around The Mountain”.
2019 Race will be December 21st at 9:00 am. Race is a 4 miles long and the trail is wide.
Packet pick up and race day registration will open at 7:00 am on the 17th at the main Pavilion on top of the mountain. Race starts at 9:00 am. The start and finish line is about a half mile down the mountain and we will have a shuttle service available or you can run/walk down as part of your warm-up. After the race stick around for chili and potato soup made provided by the Rotary Club of Dardanelle


2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Bike Ride @ Leslie, Arkansas
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Bike Ride @ Leslie, Arkansas | Leslie | Arkansas | United States

The 2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Bike Ride is Saturday, December 21st, at 10 AM in Leslie. Two distances. A relatively flat 14+ mile route and an 18+ route with more hills.

Here are the Strava links for the 2 routes. We have many local restaurants; Ryans Main Street Grill, Skylark Cafe, and Serendipity Bread where you can dine post-ride! Come hang out with us on December 21st!

5th Annual Christmas Eve Pinnacle Mountain Sunrise Hike @ Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Dec 24 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
5th Annual Christmas Eve Pinnacle Mountain Sunrise Hike @ Pinnacle Mountain State Park | Arkansas | United States

WHO’S READY TO DO THIS AGAIN?!!! It’s time to sign up for the 5th Annual Christmas Eve Pinnacle Mountain Sunrise Hike! Last year was absolutely AMAZING! With over 250 friends and family, Santa’s and Reindeer, we sat out with our nose so bright (headlamps) and began our trek up Pinnacle Mountain’s State Park West Summit Trail to witness an amazing sunrise! All the Santa’s and Reindeer sat atop the mountain with coffee, hot chocolate, and cameras in hand and watched the sunrise to kick off our Christmas holiday with festive cheer! I couldn’t think of a better way to start Christmas Eve! So, it’s time to begin planning this year. With the continued growth of this event, Pinnacle Mountain State Park has agreed to provide Park Interpreter, Kellie Nichols who will assist us in making it even better than before! Kellie will not only hike up with us, but she will also ensure the park gates are opened promptly at 6 am as well as the restroom facilities! THIS IS GREAT! (Remember, the event starts at the West Summit trailhead. The East trailhead gate will NOT be opened.)

This is a FREE self-guided event open to the public.

Here is a list of items to bring:

1. Antlers, Santa hats or other festive wear MANDATORY!
2. Arrive any time after 6 am, Tuesday, December 24th at the Pinnacle Mountain West Summit trailhead. Both the West Summit park gate and the overflow parking will be opened!
3. The park has asked that no one show up before 6 am as the gates will not be open and it would cause street congestion.
4. you may start up as soon as you arrive!!! No tickets for headcounts this year. Sunrise will be at 7:13 am.
5. Headlamp or alternate source of light MANDATORY! It will be dark on the climb.
6. Layer clothing. It will be cold at the start and you may need to shed some layers toward the top.
7. Wear good, solid hiking shoes
8. Water, coffee, hot chocolate or snacks as desired.
9. This is a self-guided hike, meaning everyone will be responsible for themselves, their children or dogs.
10. Don’t forget your phone or camera. Use hashtags #arstateparks #lightuppinnacle #xmasevesunrisehike when posting to the event page or social media.
11. Remember to leave no trace behind and carry out any trash you may have. We all did such a great job of respecting our mountain and park last year!
12. Let’s all have fun, be safe and welcome in the holiday with a gorgeous sunrise at the top! We can’t wait to see you all again!

Feel free to share with anyone you think would love to join us!

Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon @ Two Rivers Bridge
Dec 28 @ 7:00 am
Lisa and Ashley cross the finish line.
Lisa and Ashley cross the finish line.

Jacob Wells Three Bridges Marathon

The course is entirely on the Arkansas River Trail and is a 19-mile loop to the east and then a 7-mile loop to the west. The course crosses the Big Dam Bridge at Miles 1 and 18, the Clinton Presidential Bridge at Mile 9, and the Two Rivers Bridge at Miles 19 and 26. The course crosses the Start/Finish line going west at 19 miles. The course is mostly flat, except for the three bridges. The course is mostly paved trail. The course is USATF certified as AR13030DLP. See the Course tab for more detail.

All miles are clearly marked with tape – yellow going out and green coming back. There will be no mile signs. A trash box will be placed at every mile. Please carry your trash and dispose at the mile markers or aid stations. Mile 9 is prior to the Clinton Presidential Bridge going east. Mile 10 is on the Clinton Presidential Bridge on the return trip. Mile 18 is on the Big Dam Bridge going west. Mile 26 is on the Two Rivers Bridge.

Race starts at 7 a.m. Early Start at 5 a.m. available for those taking 6-8 hours to complete.

Spa City Pacer Winter Series
Jan 1 – Jan 25 all-day

Five fun January runs in Hot Springs, AR and surrounding communities. Begins with the New Year’s Day Resolution Run, and continues each Saturday throughout the month. For walkers and runners.

The SPA Pacers are sponsoring a 2020 Winter Series – Destination Adventures that is going to be AWESOME.
For $20 entry fee, you get:
• Entry into 5 walks/runs.
• Water and snacks at each run. Long Sleeve technical fabric Winter Series T-shirt,
• Entry into raffles (at each run and overall) to win a variety of runner-loved goodies, including 1 of 2 $150 gift certificates to a running store. Each week names will be drawn for goodies. At the last event, there will be a drawing for a $150 gift certificate from all the tickets accumulated from all 5 events and there will be a drawing for a $150 gift certificate from just the participants that attended all 5 events.
• The fun of running with your friend, and making new ones.
• Walking and Running new routes in 4 counties. Garland, Saline, Hot Springs, and Grant.
You must be a SPA Pacer member to participate in the Winter Series except for the Resolution Run which is open to everyone.

Even if you are training for the LR marathon or some other run and need longer distances, join us for the Winter Series fun Walks/Runs and then add what you need.

January 1st – 9:00 am – Resolution Run on New Years Day. Run will be hosted by Jerry and Fran Rephan, and run from their home at 831 Quapaw, Hot Springs. Per tradition, we’ll include West Mountain in our local National Park with a variety of distances available with both road and trail route options. This walk/run is open to everyone even if you don’t plan to do the Winter Series, so show up.

January 4th – 8:00am – History on the Run 5K and 2Mile Walk – 521 W. Shackleford St., Sheridan. This is a run through historic areas of the small town of Sheridan to support local charities. Although this is an actual race, Winter Series participants will be participating at no charge. Winter Series participants can win awards but will NOT receive a race t-shirt unless they make a donation of $10 or more BEFORE December 15, 2019. You will need to register for head count. Once you have signed up for the Winter Series, you will receive an email with the secret code to enter when registering for the History of the Run so it will no charge. If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at lisa@grovecompanycpas.com The History on the Run event will be a Prediction Run where you predict your finish time and walker/runner whose predicted time is closest to their actual finish time will win a gift certificate. At this event, you will need to come early enough for packet pick up for the race and sign in at the Winter Series table with your prediction time. Be sure to plan to eat breakfast as a group at Perfect Blend in Sheridan (self pay) post race.

January 11th – 8:00am – Dam Fun Run 6K – Stephens Park, Blakely Dam, 1051 Blakely Dame Rd, Mt. Pine. There will be a pavilion with a fire and bathrooms. Run will start at pavilion, go through Stephens Park campground, to boat launch area, through Avery Recreation Area, across Blakely Dam and back to the pavilion – super scenic run. There will be an optional shorter distance for walkers. People who need more distance can add 6 miles pre or post run by running the 3 miles to the spillway and back or trail runners can add miles on the LOViT Trail.

January 18th – 8:00am – Balboa Spillway Trail – 482 Ponce DeLeon Dr. Hot Springs Village. Super Scenic Route – across a bridge, waterfall if you take the time to step off the trail to see it, and across a spillway. Walk/Run will start at the Balboa Pavilion/Beach. Walk/Run will be an out and back with your choice of distance on the Balboa Spillway Trail which is a Cadillac trail – wide well maintained hard packed trail. Chris Biagini is sponsoring this run and will put out mile markers every half mile so you choose how far to go and when to turn around. From Hwy 7N West Gate, stay on Desoto to mile marker 12 and then Ponce DeLeon is the next road to the right. Turn right on Ponce DeLeon, go 1 ½ mile to the Balboa Pavilion. From the Hwy 5 East Gate, travel 2 ¼ mile, turn left on Ponce DeLeon and go 1 ½ miles to the Balboa Pavilion.

January 25th – 8:00am – Coffee Records 5K – 1601 Martin Luther King Blvd, Malvern. Coffer Records will open their doors for a place to stay warm, sign in, and use the bathrooms. The are sponsoring this run along with Charles and Teresa Sellers. Route will be from Coffee Records to the scenic White Water Park on the Ouachita River and back.

1st Renew SPA Pacer membership or sign up as SPA Pacer member. https://runsignup.com/Club/AR/HotSprings/SPAPacers
2nd Sign up for the Winter Series. https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/HotSprings/SpaPacerWinterSeries
3rd Receive email with secret code and register for the History of the Run if you plan to attend.

Happy New Year Red Hot Cider Float @ Pinnacle Mountain Little Maumelle Boat Ramp
Jan 1 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Happy New Year Red Hot Cider Float @ Pinnacle Mountain Little Maumelle Boat Ramp

That date is coming up again soon!

Get your canoe or kayak and join us for the traditional bringing in of the new year with a trip down the Little Maumelle River just west of Little Rock. We will meet at 10AM on Wednesday morning at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by the boat ramp at the West Side parking lot. We will unload and run shuttle. The trip is about three miles and we will take out at the TNC Ranch Preserve. We will stop along the way to celebrate the new year with a cup of hot cider. So, pack your lunch and anything else that you want or want to share. If the group is small we will stop for lunch at the camping platform. If it is large, we will stop at the Ranch picnic area. This event will not be canceled! If the weather is bad, we will just dress accordingly and understand those who decided not to come. I look forward to seeing you all there! Happy New Year!

This event is co-hosted by the Arkansas Canoe Club-Central Chapter and the Arkansas Watertrails Partnership.
Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas!
Save this date and join us for a fun time and the absolutely best kick-off for 2020.

The Black Eyed Pea New Years Day Run
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Black Eyed Pea New Years Day Run @ Fayetteville | Arkansas | United States

Fundraising the Black Eyed Pea New Years Day Run 5K and 10K  with local friends and fellow runners! 100% of donations go to FHS Cross Country Program.
Start the New Year off on the right foot, your running foot or feet! Starts at Pauline and Doug’s house, 1/2 a mile from the Mud Creek Trailhead parking lot. Runs out and back on Mud Creek Trail. The course will be marked with cones and happy volunteers.
Coffee and hot chocolate provided PLUS Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread for afterward. PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
This year we will pre-register for the event on https://app.regwiz.io/register/peanewyears/735

PLEASE DONATE! Support Fayetteville High School Cross Country Team. RUNNERS SUPPORT RUNNERS!

Athens Big Fork Marathon @ Big Fork Community Center
Jan 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Athens Big Fork Marathon @ Big Fork Community Center



NOTE: This event is NOT for trail-newbies.

If you are not an experienced trail- or ultra-runner (or adventure racer), we happily invite you to one of the other UTS runs, BUT NOT THIS ONE. This is a difficult event on a difficult trail that presents many opportunities for one to get lost, injured, exhausted, or incapacitated–with sparse access for rescue.

The Athens-Big Fork Trail Marathon and Blaylock Creek 17 Mile Fun Run take place on the Athens-Big Fork Trail. This is actually > 100 year old horse postal trail. After running this, you will wish you had a horse!
The course is an out and back course. You first run almost 3 miles on roads – paved and gravel up to the start of the trail. Then you enter the Athens-Big Fork Trail – White Blazes. Follow the trail over 8 mountains. The 8 mountain crossings on the trail are:
Hurricane Knob
Brier Creek
Big Tom
You pop out of the trail and need to go about a half mile down the gravel road to get your full 13.1. Then you turn around and go back. It’s that easy!
The 17 Mile Blaylock Creek Fun Run only gets to run half of the hills. You will turn around at the Aid Station just across Blaylock Creek.

What this means to you the runner. Here are some statistics for you to consider – this is the “out” of the out and back:
Max Elevation: 2028
Min Elevation: 1023
Climbing Elevation Gain: 4600 feet
Climbing Distance: 7.10 miles
Average Grade: 12%

The Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon and 17 Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, January 4th, 2020.

Registration will open Monday, Aug 12th and capped at 200.

We can use an aid station captain for the Little Missouri aid. If you are available and interested, please contact me at mverunnergirl@gmail.com

Big Thanks to our absolutely amazing volunteers! I am happy to announce that the Blaylock Creek and Turn Around aid stations will be sponsored by the same fun, caring, and capable people/organizations. SO go show them some love and visit their business.

Fleet Feet Little Rock – not only do they have a large selection of running apparel, shoes, and hydration options but they also host weekly runs. In fact, they are hosting an event with Oofos at Flyway Brewing this Tuesday at 6pm. Come Join The FUN!!!

Team Jackass out of Texarkana will also be back at the FULL Turn Around ready to send you back to the finish in a happy state of mind.

Ouachita Amateur Radio Association Inc. will be there tracking you and helping to ensure your safety!!

Polk County Sheriff’s Department will be there to see you off to a safe start with an escort along the pavement section.

The Big Fork Community Center and all of the big-hearted folks of Big Fork plan to open their doors for another year with all of the warm hospitality that makes this place Extremely Special. AS ALWAYS, ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO THEM IN ORDER TO HELP ENSURE THE LONGEVITY OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER.

We look forward to seeing who has what it takes to run from Big Fork to Athens, crossing 8 mountains TWICE!

History on the Run
Jan 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Run through historic areas of small town Sheridan to support local charities – Grant County Museum, Keeping the Faith Women’s Shelter & Kick Start Sheridan, Inc.’s Downtown Development Project.

The course for walkers will be 2 miles.  First walker will receive an award.

The race is also a part of the Arkansas Spa Pacers Winter Series.  The Winter Series participants can receive a race t-shirt if they make a donation of $10 or more to the charities through runsignup.com before December 15, 2019.

Ouachita Gravel Grind
Jan 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ouachita Gravel Grind @ Jessieville | Arkansas | United States

The beautiful and FAST Ouachita Gravel Grind returns in January!! Routes will stay the same. 100K race, 50K tour.

In addition to our 100K and 50K bike events, we have 50K and 25K running events. They’re all along the same out-and-back course and just turn around as is required for the distance. There will be an unmanned water station at the 25K turnaround, and manned aid stations at the 50K turnaround and 100K turnaround.

Elevation for the whole 100K course is about 5K feet, ~2500 ft for the 50K, and ~1200 ft for the 25K.

More details to follow…

Woolly Hollow Trail Half Marathon @ Woolly Hollow State Park
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Woolly Hollow Trail Half Marathon will be run on January 11th, 2020 with a 9 am start time on the beautiful trails of Woolly Hollow State Park including The Huckleberry hiking trail and the Enders Fault mountain biking trail system encompassing 13.1 unique miles of trail.

The race will start at the park pavilion and head east on the pavement for about 4/10ths of a mile allowing the pack to thin out. It will take the Enders fault north loop bike short cut to the Huckleberry where you will turn left and head counter-clockwise. After the Huckleberry, you will turn right and run the Enders Fault North Loop Clockwise and then the Enders Fault South Loop Clockwise before returning via the trail service road to the MTB trailhead parking lot and finish line.

Kevin Griffin first began serving in Honduras in the summer of 2018 and has traveled with different non-profit organizations doing such things as working for an overseas bible school with Evangelistic International Ministries, helping to build an eye care clinic with Tech Serve International and most recently installing a library in an elementary school with Chispa Project. The library project was a large project and the type of project that this race will support in the years to come. The goal is to help meet the spiritual, physical, and educational needs of the children of La Flecha, Honduras. If you want to know more about any of these past or future projects that he is working on just catch him anytime, he won’t shut up about it.

David’s Trail Endurance Run @ David's Trail / Lake Norfork / Rocking Chair Resort
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

davids trail


David’s Trail Endurance Run offers a challenging course though the Ozarks along beautiful Lake Norfork.  A great mix of single and double track take you pretty well through 5000 + ft. in elevation change for the 25K and and even more for the 50K.   Proceeds benefit trail expansion and K12 activities, spreading the word of loving the outdoors!

New for 2018, the Friday Night-Run!  Cruise the trail (and stay on it!) with your headlamp,or be creative and kick it up a notch, as you navigate an 11K the night before you tackle the whole course when you do the 50K.

January in the Ozarks can mean sunny 45 degree weather or 10 and snowy.  2017 race-day was sunny and reached about 70!  Race is held rain or shine, sleet or snow!  Pack for anything, stay at Rocking Chair Resort, run the race, then hang out afterward.  Cash purses, prizes, and post race grub await you at the finish!

Friday, January 17:5:00 pm – 7:00 – Packet pickup & on-site registration (If not sold out) at Rocking Chair Resort
8:00 pm – 11K night run starts!

Saturday, January 18:  6:30 am -7:30 – Packet pickup at Rocking Chair Resort
8:00 am – 50K start
9:00 am – 25K start
8:30 am – 9:30 – Packet pickup at Rocking Chair Resort – 7K
10:00 am – 7K race start

Cut off times for 50K
Overall cut off time of 9 hours (5:00 pm).
All check point times assume an average pace of 16:40 minutes/mile.
Runners not making it through check points at the noted time will be pulled from the course and escorted to the start/finish at Rocking Chair Resort.Mile 18.25 | 50K turn-around:  1:00 pm
Mile  26.25 | Panther Bay Pavilion:  3:30 pm
Finish / 31.75 | Rocking Chair Resort:  5:00 pm


Frozen Toes 5K/15K Races @ Kessler Mountain Regional Park
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Frozen Toes 5K/15K Races @ Kessler Mountain Regional Park | Fayetteville | Arkansas | United States

Event Information

2020 will bring the fifth annual Frozen Toes 15K trail race to Kessler Mountain. This race is perfect for runners looking to transition from a 5K or 10K to a longer distance. The singletrack trails of Kessler Mountain are technical in most areas, but the views are worth every step of the course! This cold weather run is followed by hot soup! In addition to Male/Female Overall Finisher and Age Group awards, all participants will have a chance to win other prizes. NEW THIS YEAR is the addition of a 5k trail race! Take a break from the pavement and give trail running a try.

The start/finish of the race will be at the Kessler Mountain Regional Park located at 2600 Judge Cummings Road.
DIRECTIONS: From I-49, take Exit 60 and go south on Cato Springs Road about one-half mile and turn right on Judge Cummings Road (WC 200). The races will utilize the singletrack trail.


Day Prior Packet Pick Up: Friday, January 17
Day of Race Registration, Packet, Chip Pick Up: Saturday, January 18, 7:45am-8:45am at Kessler Mountain Regional Park
Race Start time: 9:00am
Event End time: 12:30pm

Course Details

The start/finish of the race will be at the Kessler Mountain Regional Park located at 2600 Judge Cummings Road.
DIRECTIONS: From I-49, take Exit 60 and go south on Cato Springs Road about one-half mile and turn right on Judge Cummings Road (WC 200). The races will utilize the singletrack trail.


15th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge @ Red Star School
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day
15th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge @ Red Star School

Tickets on sale now!
Much more than just a ride. Be a part of the fabulous community of riders that make up NWA.

Included with your ticket:

2 nights of camping
Dinner Friday and Saturday night
Lunch Saturday – legendary grilled cheese & soup provided by BOC.
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
DJ entertainment Friday night
Live music Saturday
Challenge Ride on the Buffalo Headwaters trail system
“Recovery” Gravel ride on Sunday morning to the Buffalo Outdoor Center. There will be a long and short route for the gravel peeps.

Non-riders are asked to purchase meals for $5 each.
RV camping requires a paid reservation, spaces are limited. More details coming….

The Hurty Sandra @ Lake Sylvia
Jan 25 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Hurty Sandra @ Lake Sylvia

100 miles of gravel. 10,000 feet of elevation gain. Unsanctioned, unsupported, unmarked. Route and details to come. Stay tuned.

One Hour Track Run @ Pottsville High School
Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Race hosted by the River Valley Runners
•Kicks off the 2019 Grand Prix Season!
•Run on a standard 400 meter track
•Grand Prix Championship Event
•Two separate heats to decrease track congestion
The first One Hour Track Run was held in 1983 as part of Grand Prix II. This run took place in Russellville at the Arkansas Tech University track. The One Hour Track Run was eliminated after one year as the Grand Prix was trimmed to a core of four races for most of the 1980’s. Later incarnations of a One Hour Track Run were located in El Dorado and later Camden, Arkansas, and were a Grand Prix staple in the 1990’s. After 1998, the One Hour Track Run ceased to be run until the Long Distance Running Committee decided to revive it as part of the 25th Running of the Grand Prix in 2006. Fittingly, the One Hour Track Run returned to Russellville for Grand Prix XXV, and was held at the Russellville High School Track.

The course is a standard, 400 meter track. Very Flat! Aid stations every 1/4 mile!

ONE HOUR TRACK RUN WILL BE AT Pottsville High School, Pottsville, AR

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