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.
The beautiful and FAST Ouachita Gravel Grind returns in January!! Routes will stay the same. 100K race, 50K tour.
We’ll also have a 50K and 25K run!!
Details in the race info document here:
Registration opens at 8 am on 12/1/18 here:
We’ll continue to release details as they are finalized! Thanks!!
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 18:5:00 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 19: 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
We will be starting work on some new trail! We will meet at the Hospitality House in Burns Park (North part of the park across the street from the large baseball field).
Bring rakes, lopers, mattocks, hoes, handsaws, GLOVES, you know, the standard implements of destruction. We’ll try to have some spares around but try to bring your own gloves.
We are working on refreshments, stay tuned.
The Buffalo Headwater Challenge is a three-day all-inclusive off the grid mountain bike festival that includes food, libations, tent, and RV camping, live music, shuttle service, and amazing riding highlighted by the annual “Challenge” ride on Saturday, January 26th. The “Challenge” ride consists of a 32ish mile semi-supported backcountry mountain bike experience with a couple marked bailouts along the way. It’s a ride, not a race… winning is just finishing.
12-5 pm Downhill Shuttles compliments of Ouachita Rides and Guides (stage at the Knuckles Creek Trailhead)
3 pm Camping opens on main grounds
5-8 pm Onsite registration opens (cash only)
6 pm Dinner is served compliments of Phat Tire Bike Shop
7 pm Live Music
6:30 am Coffee
7-9 am Onsite Registration opens (Cash only)
7-9am Breakfast is served
9 am Mandatory riders meeting at the outdoor stage
9:30 am 14th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge Ride
6 pm Dinner is served compliments of the OORC
7 pm Live Music
6:30 am Coffee
7-9 am Breakfast is served
7-9 am Onsite Registration opens (Cash Only)
9 am Mandatory rider meeting at the outdoor stage
9:30 am Challenge Gravel Fondo Ride
The Team Loco Marathon and Half Marathon was born six years ago over breakfast as some of the members of Team Loco licked our wounds in the lobby of a hotel room in Memphis, TN. The St. Jude Marathon had been iced out and several of us were depending on that race to qualify for either Marathon Maniac or Half Fanatic status. After some pancakes and probably too much coffee, the idea for the Team Loco races was born. Surely we, a dedicated group of runners could put on a race that met the qualifying standards for the Maniacs and Fanatics. After lots of hustling and more than a little hand wringing, the inaugural Team Loco Marathon and Half Marathon was held in January of 2014. Many Maniac, Fanatics and more importantly memories were made that day. What several of us thought might be a one off turned into an in demand race and last year the 4th Annual Team Loco races were held. This brings us to the point…and lets face it…me getting to the point is a big chore.
On January 26th, 2019 the Sixth Annual Team Loco Marathon and Half Marathon will be held. The race will once again be held on the Tucker Creek Trail in Conway, Arkansas. However, the start will move to the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center.
Village Creek 10k/25k, 2019 ! Mud, Sweat, and Tears! Now that your shoes are dry and ya threw away your socks… Lets do it again! Weather is always the real surprise for this race! Tough single track mixed with some wide open spaces atop the geologic anomaly known as Crowley’s Ridge. There are markings EVERYWHERE!(I promise) Especially at marker 13 and 10. Who will set the record for the LOSTEST this year? There will be a 6.5 hour time limit on the 25k. You have approximately 3hr and 15min to make it to the turn around. If you think you can hike it go ahead cuz! Ain’t seen nobody do it yet! If you are not in at the 6.5 hour mark you will be hunted down by trained Falcons(bouncers, hitmen, mechanized volunteers that will swoop in and snatch you off the trail so everyone else can go home! Seriously! I got 3 kids, a Phantom Poodle, and not to mention a gorgeous Yankee wife!
No age groups! Top 10 male and Top 10 female awarded for each distance
Located just 6 miles south of Wynne, Village Creek State Park encompasses nearly 7,000 acres. The 31st park and 2nd largest in Arkansas, Village Creek sits atop the geologic anomaly known as Crowley’s Ridge! The 25K is an out and back route starting at the bicycle entrance to the following markers 13,14,11,10,16,17,18, north past 19 towards 20 where you will reach the turnaround. Aid stations will be at approximate half way points for both races. This is a cup free race! Bring your own bottles! The 10k will follow markers 13,14,11,10,9,7,6,12,13, and back to the bicycle entrance. ! You must be registered by January 21, 2019 to guarantee a hoodie or t-shirt. Stay in touch with updates that we post on https://www.facebook.com/VillageCreekmuckas/
Freezin for a Reason is for runners and walkers of all abilities. We offer a 5k, 10k, and the Lap for life for families and their children to take one lap around the track to honor all those past and present patients of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Children and strollers are welcome at all events. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt. We will also have free food and lots of free fun kids activities like bounce houses, face painting, games, and. more.
The Freezin for a Reason event will begin and end at the Conway High School West Campus, located at 2300 Prince Street in Conway, Arkansas. The 5k/10k will begin at 9 am. The Lap for Life will begin at approx 10:45 am.
Date: February 32, 2019
Time: 9 am
Arkansas’ fastest and most scenic 15K! 100% paved course travels along the Arkansas River, Old Rock Quarry, Burns Park and more.
Race hosted by the Arkansas RRCA
USATF Course Certification #AR15002DLP
2018 Winners were Brent Corbitt and Tia Stone
Chip Timing provided by Mac’s Race Timing Service
Proceeds benefit the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series
No T-shirt option allows you to cut $5 off the entry fee
Packet pickup will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Go! Running, 1819 Grant Street, Little Rock, from Noon – 6 PM.
Join us for a work party and lunch at Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, hosted by the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA), Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
This work is part of a six-mile, multi-use trail system. Participants should bring gloves and wear boots. Hand tools will be provided but if you have a favorite tool, feel free to bring it. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. for snacks and coffee. Tasks will be assigned at 9 a.m. and participants will break into groups, with trail work beginning at 9:15 a.m. At noon, participants will gather at the house for lunch and beverages.
Parking is limited, please carpool if possible. More information on parking will be shared. For more information or to volunteer, contact Mitchell Allen at 501.614.5087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info on the Facebook Event Page.
This year, the Winona Grynder will be a SHAMMY! That means it’ll be a well-organized GROUP RIDE. There will be no race. Some support will be provided. There will be no charge.
The second edition of the WInona Grynder promises to sustain the love/hate relationship all had with this event last year.
We will ride a 100K route, with shorter options potentially available.
More details to come. Don’t miss it!!
Race History: The Valentine’s Day 5K dates back to the 1980’s when it was known as the “Serendipity Run”. 1994 marked the race’s first inclusion in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series.
Male Overall: Wayne Stanley – 15:14 (1992)
Female Overall: Leah Thorvilson – 17:14 (2010)
Male Masters: Tom Aspel – 15:52 (1996)
Female Masters: Jean Hollander – 20:35 (1994)
Course Description: The race starts at Arkansas Tech University, Tucker Gym.
Sweetheart Competition: A special feature of the Valentine’s Day 5K is the chance to team up with a sweetheart for additional prizes! Runners have the option of entering with their spouse in the Married Sweethearts Division, or teaming up with a “friend” in the Unmarried Sweethearts Division. The finishing times for the two Sweethearts will be added together to compete against other couples’ composite times. The Sweetheart competition is in additional to the male/female individual races and does not affect an individual’s time, placing, or award in the overall race.
At this clinic you will learn UTM coordinate plotting and basic compass navigation.
You got to the top, now what? This clinic is designed to help people gain a better understanding of cleaning anchors in an outdoor lead climbing situation. Instructor Chet Tribett will teach the safest methods to clean anchors and lower or rappel back to the ground. This is not a lead climbing class. Prior experience lead climbing is required.
**Please note this date was originally slated for the Lovit Marathon but due to the government furlough this had to be postponed. See discussion in event for further details. We hope to reschedule Lovit later this year.**
This will be the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Marathon season opener at the amazing Northwoods Trail In Hot Springs, Arkansas!
The Marathon will start in the Cedar Glades area that attaches to Northwoods and will be a two lap format, each lap being approximately 22 miles. With start loop the marathon will be roughly 45 miles total.
Times & Aid
Time | Fast time 4 hrs, Avg 5-6, Adventure pace 7-8 *Time Limit 8 Hrs / Lap 1 Time Limit 3 1/2 Hrs
Aid | 3 Aid stations per lap – mileage of each updated later.
$2900 in payouts! Top 10 Men Overall & Top 5 Women
*Payouts based on minimum participants of 70 Men / 30 Women
Sweet awards for other classes!
Custom number plate!
Professional high-end timing powered by Sport IDENT with instant results printout & scoreboard!
Medical support on-site (race days).
Professional awards ceremony with top notch awards from Re-GEARED!
$1,500 in raffles prizes for all pre-registered racers!
Schedule | Will be available the week of the event.
SET Rules can be reviewed at: https://www.southernendurotour.com/rules/.
The 13.1 mile single-loop race goes through the twin cities of Texarkana, AR and Texarkana, TX. The race starts in downtown Texarkana, TX and finishes in Texarkana, AR. The course includes two park 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 4 blocks from the start.
It’s a unique opportunity to run in one half marathon in Texas and Arkansas on a USATF certified (#AR09010DLP) single-loop course! We will apply to be in the prestigious 2019 Arkansas Grand Prix Series when the bidding opens this fall. Information about the series is available at www.arkrrca.com.
A portion of the course is on the Texas/Arkansas state line. The race includes chip timing and 2-person and 4-person relay teams. Enjoy our post-race celebration at the finish line with sponsored hamburgers, chicken, veggie burgers, and beverages. Sponsored food and beverages are included for all race runners and walkers.
WILDCAT MARATHON and NORTHWOODS ENDURO!
These events are going to be some of the most fun events of your season.
*Marathon will be an amazing 22ish mile lap. Will combine Cedar Glades trails and Northwoods trails. Fast single track, machine cut trail, loads of speed, and tough climbs to make sure your memory is fulfilled by the end of the day. 2 lap format. Total with start loop approx. 45 miles. PAYOUT $2900!!! Top 10 men, Top 5 women regardless of class. SS bonus. $1,500 in raffle prizes to all riders.
*Enduro will be a unique balance of flow line, hand cut single track, and some old school. Will use mostly Northwoods, but will have a mix of Cedar Glades also. We will strive to keep you on your toes! A big lap format approx. 20 miles. $2500 Pro payout and over $2,500 in raffle prizes to all riders.
-All events based out of Cedar Glades park.
-Enduro Pre-Party and course viewing at Superior Bathhouse and Brewery on Saturday night.
PLEASE follow event updates @ https://www.facebook.com/KodiakTough/
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 fresh water lakes and through the ruggedly beautiful Ouachita National Forest.
Start: Friday, February 22rd, 5PM
34 hour cutoff, 20:24 min/mile pace
Male 21:52:34 (Hunter Dodds – 2016)
Female 23:34:00 (Bailee Wilkerson – 2017)
Start: Saturday, February 23th, 6AM
21 hour cutoff, 20:16 min/mile pace
Male 10:18:00 (Chris Ho – 2017)
Female 11:30:42 (Carmen Cheadle – 2016)
Participants in both events will receive an event shirt and the experience of a supported run through the Ouachita Mountains with 6 manned aid stations on the 100k course and 10 manned aid stations on the 100 mile course – many that you will cross multiple times. 100k finishers will receive a medal and 100 Mile finishers a custom finisher’s buckle to commemorate their accomplishment. Participants in both events will enjoy additional event swag plus one comped breakfast buffet during Sunday’s awards brunch.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male/female finishers in the 100k and 100 Mile distances at an awards banquet Sunday morning.
Event proceeds are invested in trail development in the Ouachita National Forest and the greater Hot Springs area. 2014 race proceeds helped fund the completion of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail. Run LOViT Endurance Events is a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the umbrella of the RRCA IRS exemption. The LOViT runs are non-commercial fundraisers that benefit the local trail community.
FOOTHILLS TRAIL ALLIANCE and AFFORDABLE TRAIL SOLUTIONS are teaming up to bring you some new trail in the BAY!!!
No Experience Needed( we will teach)
Physical work not mandatory ( if you want to be involved, there IS something you can do)
We plan on building a section of trail from the park down to the power line to the north.
The FFB Community Club will be proving Breakfast and Lunch so come get your eat and dig on!!!! Hope to see you there !!
PLEASE CLICK GOING IF YOU ARE GOING. That gives us a better handle on the food necessary!
9AM- Breakfast served
10AM- trail work starts
1PM – Lunch served
About 55 miles of challenging gravel roads. About 4-6 hours of saddle love.
Several 30+ minute climbs with an incredible view atop White Rock Mountain.
This IS a ride. NOT a race. IT IS AN ADVENTURE!
You are responsible for any mechanical issues you might encounter.
SAG support will be provided by Ozark Spokes & Floats.
You are responsible for doing your homework on the route. OCA will provide a cue sheet.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING.
You are responsible for having fun!
TOP OF THE ROCK, official ride pit stop (aid station) is on White Rock Mountain.
The ride will start & end at Hazel Valley Ranch 16330 Olive Road Fayetteville, AR 72703.
We will have awesome chili & “recovery” beverages waiting for you. Thanks to Hazel Valley Ranch!
Creative Promotional Marketing will have a super cool award for those who complete the entire route!
All riders must sign a waiver.
COST??? FREE!!! There will be a tip jar and event shirts for sale to help offset costs.
THE 2 RULES
1. You must complete the entire HVGP Loop to receive an award.
2. You must prove your achievement via STRAVA or other GPS device to receive an award.
“The Beat Goes On” 5K Run/Walk is an event presented by the Saline Memorial Health Foundation and SMH Heart and Vascular Services. All proceeds will benefit the SMH Foundation Cardiac Assistance Fund, which supports cardiac care in Saline County. The funds will be used to support cardiac needs in our community such as assisting patients with cardiac medication expenses and adding new technology.
The 5K Run/Walk course will start and finish at Saline Memorial Hospital. Registration and post-race refreshments will be located inside. It is recommended that runners start up front and walkers line-up in back.
The Saline Memorial Health Foundation and Everett Buick GMC are ready for the 8th annual The Beat Goes On 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 24. Proceeds from the event will fund CPR equipment and education for all Saline County schools—ensuring all graduating students are CPR trained.
The Beat Goes On 5K (3.1 miles), which is a certified course, will start at SMH and will take participants through downtown Benton. This is a chip timed race. Online registration is available at www.SalineMemorial.org or participants can download a registration form on arkansasrunner.com. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 the day of the event. Included in the registration fee is a long-sleeved race t-shirt.
REGISTRATION: Registration ends February 22, 2018 at 11:59pm CST
The annual Van Davis Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run supports the National Park College Foundation by providing scholarships for current students. Strategically scheduled for six weeks into the new year, it gives everyone the opportunity to meet their new year’s health and fitness goals. Join us to make a difference for yourself and for the community.
Join us Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Hot Springs’ Baseball Park (formerly known as Whittington Park).
Features of the Van Davis Memorial 5K:
- USATF-certified course.
- Overall and Top-3 in each male and female age division awards.
- Flat and fast course that runs through the nation’s first national park.
- Kids Fun Run for children 10 years and younger.
- Virtual Participant option for those that wish to support the event while staying in bed.
About this Event
The session will begin with basic skills instruction and assessment followed by a group ride where those skills will be applied on the trail.
Participants should have the following:
Functioning mountain bike Helmet Hydration Close-toed shoes
Sessions are open to girls 15 and older. All participants will have to sign a waiver on site. Participants under the age of 18 will have to have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Should a session have to be moved or postponed because of weather, participants will be notified at least 24 hours in advance in which case session will be moved to Sunday, February 24 from 9-11 am. In the event of wet trails, the session may be held at Lake Weddington, which holds up well following rain.
Proceeds will be donated to the Fayetteville and Pea Ridge NICA teams. For more about Arkansas NICA:http://www.arkansasmtb.org/
Let’s ride bikes!
Named as one of Runner’s World “Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers” in January 2017, come fill your bucket at the 17th Annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon on March 1-3, 2019. 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: www.littlerockmarathon.com. Like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/LRMarathon
The ST. Francis Gravel Classic consist of a 55, 25 and 12 mile bike ride on gravel roads starting at the Mississippi River State Park, near Marianna, AR.
The course will be clearly marked on Friday, March 2 with orange safety cones and 24 x 18″ yard signs at the turns; marked per each distance race. Also people in 2 areas where the 15 and 25 mile turn. The turn for the 55 mile course will be at Storm Creek, just past the sag Stop that you will pass 2 times.
Sags will have Gatorade & water and food snacks bananas, pretzels, pickles, cookies, peanut butter crackers
Two of the main roads that you will be riding on are 2 of the 3 Scenic Parkways in Arkansas, The gravel is packed down smooth in the center of the roads and you will encounter loose gravel near the edges of the roads. The lower road has a little more dirt than the upper road, but is still pretty smooth for a gravel road. The course is moderately hilly with no major obstructions.
There will be be prizes for the top 3 male and female riders in each distance from our host and sponsors. Bike bags, bike tail lights, stainless pint glasses, gift cards, etc.
There is only one classification of bikes for the awards. you can ride whatever kind of bicycle you like as long as it has front and rear brakes and no motor other than human.
The 55 mile ride will take you on the St. Francis Parkway and The Great River Road (also known as the High Road and Low Road respectively). All distances will ride around Bear Creek lake on Gravel Road 225 to reach the Parkways. The 12 Mile Ride will Continue the loop around Bear Creek Lake and back to the State Park, the last 5 miles are paved. The 25 and 55 Mile Ride will take the gravel High Road toward Storm Creek Lake. The 25 Mile Ride will take Gravel Road 260 to the Low Road and back to Bear Creek Lake and The State Park.The 55 Mile Ride will continue on to Storm Creek Lake and take Gravel Road 215 to the gravel Low Road and north back to Bear Creek Lake.
The 55 Mile Ride will make a second loop of The High Road to Storm Creek Lake to The Low Road back north to Bear Creek Lake, and then back to the finish at The State Park. The 55 mile ride has over 2,200 feet of elevation gain. The last 5 miles are paved.