Calendar

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.

 

Jan
26
Sat
Village Creek 10k/25k Trail Run @ Village Creek State Park
Jan 26 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Village Creek 10k/25k Trail Run @ Village Creek State Park | Wynne | Arkansas | United States

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/

Mar
9
Sat
Chase Race and Paws 2M/1M @ Simon Park
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! March 9, 2019 is the date for the 14th Annual Chase Race and Paws. The event is only 61 days away. You may register online

at www.chaserace.info. or RunSignUp or you may mail in the attached entry form.  Some of the amenities for this year’s event include:

  • Same super-fast out and back course as last year – the race will start/finish at Simon Park, 805 Spring St., Conway.
  • The Technical Tee Shirts are 100% poly (feels soft), Unisex and Youth sizes.
  • $100 cash to Male or Female that breaks their respective overall time record.
  • Complimentary 2020 Entry Form to anyone who breaks an age group record.
  • Awards are five deep in all age groups.
  • Medals to all registered finishers.
  • Chip timing, including start and finish mat for 2M and finish mat only for 1m.
  • Judges will determine the top 3 pet costumes as they participate in the 1-mile event.
  • Pet adoptions
  • Chase Race & Paws is a non-profit event.  All proceeds from the event are donated to “HAVEN HOUSE,” every child deserves a home.

Your early registration will help us in ordering (more accurately) the Tee Shirts. 

Runners/Walkers/Pets: to your mark…………..…8 AM March 9!

 

 

 

 

Apr
6
Sat
Capital City Classic 10K @ Two Rivers Park
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Capital City Classic 10K

The race starts within Two Rivers Park, winding through park roads until reaching the 1 mile marker near the park entrance. The first mile is all flat. Approximately 1/3 of the way through the 2nd mile, runners will exit the park and head west on County Farm Rd on a long, straight stretch lasting 1.5 miles.

The course now turns north for a short straight stretch which takes runners past the 3 mile and 5K markers. Here the course turns right and snakes southeast along Beck Rd. After running 2/3 of a mile on Beck Rd, the 4 mile marker is reached. The runners will continue on Beck Rd until returning to County Farm Rd where the course heads due east.

This second long, straight stretch along County Farm Rd lasts nearly a mile, passing the 5 mile marker, and returns the runners to Two Rivers Park. The race has now reached its final stage.

There is less than one mile to go as runners travel back over park roads to the finish line. The final stretch of the race is flat and straight, allowing the racers full view of the finish line before hitting the six mile marker. Overall, the route is very flat with few turns, and typically moderate weather allows for fast times.

Capital City Classic 10K @ Two Rivers Park
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Capital City Classic 10K

The race starts within Two Rivers Park, winding through park roads until reaching the 1 mile marker near the park entrance. The first mile is all flat. Approximately 1/3 of the way through the 2nd mile, runners will exit the park and head west on County Farm Rd on a long, straight stretch lasting 1.5 miles.

The course now turns north for a short straight stretch which takes runners past the 3 mile and 5K markers. Here the course turns right and snakes southeast along Beck Rd. After running 2/3 of a mile on Beck Rd, the 4 mile marker is reached. The runners will continue on Beck Rd until returning to County Farm Rd where the course heads due east.

This second long, straight stretch along County Farm Rd lasts nearly a mile, passing the 5 mile marker, and returns the runners to Two Rivers Park. The race has now reached its final stage.

There is less than one mile to go as runners travel back over park roads to the finish line. The final stretch of the race is flat and straight, allowing the racers full view of the finish line before hitting the six mile marker. Overall, the route is very flat with few turns, and typically moderate weather allows for fast times.

Jun
8
Sat
Arkansas Runner 2M @ Saline County Courthouse
Jun 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am


Race History
2019 marks the 21st running of the Arkansas Runner 2-Mile race. This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.

Course Description
The race takes place around downtown Benton. The start is one block south of the Saline County Courthouse on Market Street and heads south for one block. A left turn on Smith Street is followed by another left onto Main Street which brings you back by the courthouse. The course goes North for approximately 1/2 mile where a left on Narroway and sends the runners into a residential neighborhood of Benton. The course takes a right and runs around Crestwood Drive and is followed by another right back onto Narroway St. A left on Evans Drive is followed by another left onto North Street which leads back to the courthouse where the race finishes back on Market

  • All proceeds benefits Saline County Boys and Girls Club in Benton
  • Race hosted by the Saline County Striders
  • Kids run free! (if preregistered by May 16)
  • Chip timing provided by ArkansasRunner.com
  • USATF Course Certification #AR14018DLP
Jun
15
Sat
Go! Mile @ Clinton Presidential Center
Jun 15 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Go! Mile

One Lap. One Mile. One Fast Little Race. There will be different heats, including an elite heat (see below for who is eligible for elite status). All runners are chip timed, results will be based on runner’s time overall, not within their heat. Overall and Age Group results will look like it is one race. Please Note: Awards are based on time, only. At the conclusion of the all the heats, times are consolidated, then Overall and Age Group winners are decided based on time. No awards are given for top finishers in each heat.

The race starts and finishes in front of the historical Clinton Library Museum.
The starting line is located slightly west of Dean Kumpuris Drive on President Clinton Avenue.
As the gun fires, runners make their way along Pres. Clinton Ave and onto E Markam St before turning left onto Sherman St. The race then swoops onto E 3rd St until making a left onto Malhon Martin St. Spectators get a good view of the runners here just past half way as the route quickly turns left onto E 2nd St before a fast right onto Ferry St before making the last turn onto Pres. Clinton Ave. There the runners enter the inspiring tree and spectator lined finishing stretch, ending at the iconic Go! Arch!

June 15th, 2019
7am at the President Clinton Library

7 Exciting Heats to choose from:
> The First Mile for novices and beginners
> Age Group Heats
> Elite Race (sun 5:30 men, sub 6:30 women)
> Mini Mile kids race
What Heat Do I  Run In?

REGISTER HERE NOW!!!

Packet Pick Up will be at Go! Running
Friday June 14th from 10am – 6pm
1819 N Grant St, Little Rock AR 72207

Aug
10
Sat
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival
Aug 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Watermelon 5K @ Hope Watermelon Festival | Hope | Arkansas | United States

Watermelon Festival 5K

The race starts on the eastern edge of Hope’s Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.

Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.

At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!

Aug
31
Sat
ARK 5K Classic @ Crystal Hill Elementary
Aug 31 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
ARK 5K Classic @ Crystal Hill Elementary | North Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Race History

The Arkansas Running Klub has held this 5K race in North Little Rock on Labor Day weekend dating back to 1982. In the early years, the race was known as the Twin City Bank (TCB) 5K and held in Burns Park. Martin Fulk and Diane Marshall won the inaugural running in 1982. Mike Clark set a then Burns Park course record in 1983, clocking a 15:15 finish. Diane Marshall won again in 1983 and 1984, setting the Burns Park female course record in ’84 with a 17:55 time.

The TCB 5K joined the Grand Prix Series in 1983 – the second year of operation for both the race and the Series. After a change in sponsorship, the race was known as the Mercantile Bank 5K from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, the race course moved out of Burns Park to the North Little Rock Riverfront/Argenta area. The name was also changed that year to the ARK Fast 5K – reflecting the new course’s flat topography. Minor tweaks in the course and name continued in the 00 decade as the race was subsequently known as the River Run 5K (2003), Riverfront 5K (2004-05, 2010) and the Clear Mountain 5K (2006-2009).

A source of stability amid the changes in name and course is the race’s affiliation with the Arkansas Grand Prix Series. The ARK 5K has remained part of the Series (always on Labor Day weekend) every year since 1983. Along with the Spa 10K which also joined in 1983, the ARK 5K has the longest run of any race with the Grand Prix Series. The race has often served as an Arkansas State Championship event and was selected as the RRCA National Championship 5K in 1987.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-430 take exit 12. Heading south on I-430 go left (east) on Crystal Hill then right on Northshore Drive. The Elementary School will be on the right hand side of the street.  Heading north on I-430 go right (east) on Crystal Hill Rd and right on Northshore Drive.

The course flat and fast run on the roads around Northshore and paved trails in Cook’s Landing Park.

Minuteman 5K Cross Country @ Western Hills Park
Aug 31 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Minuteman 5K Cross Country Race hosted by the Little Rock Roadrunnners Club

Race Highlights

  • Race hosted by the Little Rock Roadrunnners Club
  • Only cross country race in the 2018 Grand Prix
  • 2018 RRCA Southern Region Cross Country Championship
  • On the Western Hills Park which is a former golf course
  • Centennial Bank is providing the cooker and LRRC will be cooking hot dogs and Hamburgers.
  • Online Registration
  • Early packet pickup at Rock City Running, Friday, 10am to 6pm. 10300 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
  • Onsite race day registration starts at 6:30 am
  • https://goo.gl/maps/bFPBRJtRpvn5207 Western Hills Avenue
    Little Rock, AR US 72204

    Parking is the biggest issue as this a neighborhood park. There will be National Guard Personnel to direct you. There will be some parking at the park itself and the Grand Prix people should get most of that. There is also parking at the Western Hill Methodist Church (1/4 mile from the park) and Western Hills Elementary School which is next to the church. There will be no car parking on Fairway as that will be used for the school buses. Please be aware of residential driveways and not block them.

Sep
21
Sat
Arkansas 20K @ Bernard Holland Park
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

 

General Information/Starting Time

The race will be held on September 21,  2019.

The Arkansas 20K starts and ends at the Boys and Girls club at the River Center complex in Benton. The Boys and Girls Club address is 1810 Citizen’s Drive, Benton AR 72015.   If your GPS does not recognize it, use 1207 Holland Park Rd, Benton, AR 72015. The Boys and Girls Club is the second building on the right down Airlane and is clearly marked.

The race starts at 7:00 am.  Early start at 6:30 am.


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The 2019 Arkansas 20K will start and end at Bernard Holland Park in Benton.

All turns are marked with large signs with arrows.

The race will be chip timed.  Any runner who loses or fails to turn in their chip will be charged  replacement cost and will not receive a finishing time.

The course will remain open until 10:30.

Temperatures can range from the mid-50s to mid- 80s. Humidity can sometimes be high.

The 20K is an excellent test/training run for a fall marathon as well as a challenging race in its own right.

Oct
5
Sat
Chile Pepper XC 10K @ Washington County Fairgrounds
Oct 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

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Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in America.

Each year over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards. Additionally, 750 individuals participate in the Open 10k and 5K Fun Run plus the Tom Lewis 1 Mile Pepper Dash on Friday Night. The event is held at University of Arkansas’ incredible off road course and all runners are invited to enjoy a Hot Mexican food feast following the race.

In 2018, we had another successful year with nearly 6,500 registered athletes. The funds we raised allowed us to support even more high school cross country programs. Your participation contributed to the donation of $75,000 to area High School and Jr. High Cross Country programs this year.

Oct
26
Sat
White River 4 Miler @ Batesville City Hall
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
White River 4 Miler is the Grand Prix State Championship Race

2019 will be the 41st running of the White River 4 Mile Classic. For the first five years, the race was a 10K, originally called the White River Water Carnival 10K Classic and was won by Tom Aspel in each of its first three years. The switch to the 4 Mile distance came in 1984 due to the hot, humid August weather frequently encountered by runners in Arkansas. Over the years, the race has been won by Batesville native Brian Baker 8 times, and 6 times by Angie Herringer on the women’s side. Andy Buschman and Jack Heston have run in all 34 races from 1979 to 2012.

Course Description

The race begins on Main Street, between 9 th and 10 th Streets, and is downhill for about seven blocks.  Runners will then make a right turn on Bayou Street and continue downhill while crossing the Golden Overpass.  The route continues on Bayou Street with a couple of small, rolling hills until just past the one-mile mark.

Soon after passing this mark, runners will begin a gradual climb of approximately six-tenths of a mile up North Heights Street, followed by a right turn on Craig Street and a quick descent for about two-tenths of a mile.  The course then turns right on Hill Street, where runners will soon pass the half-way point.

The route continues on Hill Street for a relatively flat four-tenths of a mile before turning left on Carter Street, just past West Elementary School.  From Carter Street, runners will make a right turn onto Charles Street, which loops back around to Bayou Street.  After making a left turn on Bayou Street, runners will soon begin a steep climb to go back across the Golden Overpass and finish the third mile.

Just after the three-mile mark, the course makes a left turn onto Water Street and begins a gradual increase in elevation for approximately one-half of a mile.  Runners will then make a right turn onto 10 th Street for a quick climb before making a final right onto Main Street for a fast five blocks downhill to the finish.

Nov
9
Sat
Breakaway 10K @ Harding University
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Race Information

Thanks for joining us for this year.  Look forward to seeing you again.

DATE: Saturday, November 9th, 2019 – 8:00 am

PLACE: First Security Stadium at Harding University in Searcy, AR.

ENTRY FEE: The registration fee is $25 without a shirt and $30 with a shirt prior to 10/26 and $5 more after and on race day.  We will also have a discount for students who are currently enrolled in college or high school.  You must show your school identification card at registration in order to receive the discounted rate of $15.  Packet pick up will begin on Friday, November 9th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Harding Academy and prior to the race starting at 7:00 am. Make all checks payable to Harding Academy with a note of Breakaway 10k.  Send checks to Harding Academy located at 1529 E. Park Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 c/o Brian Jones.

EVENTS: 10K and KidzDash.  KidzDash is a race for all children under the age of 10.  Runners will race in two divisions, 5 or younger and older than 5.  No registration needed for Kidz Dash and each participant will receive a ribbon for participation.  Kidz Dash will follow the 10k race. 

PRIZES FOR RACE: Top three Overall, Master (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Seniors (60+).   Top three in Age Groups (Male/Female in all Divisions) 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.  Top five in Age Groups 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59.  All runners in the 0-9 division will also receive a finisher medal.  We will also have a wheelchair division in which awards will be given to the top three finishers.   

Proceeds benefit the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program at Harding Academy.

 

Nov
16
Sat
Spa 10K/5K/Half Marathon @ Hot Springs Convention Center
Nov 16 @ 7:00 am

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The SPA Running Festival is an event that has a race for everyone including kids, walkers, beginners to elite runners and those that like a challenge! The Spa 10K continues to be our featured race as part of the Grand Prix Racing Series. The 5K is for both walkers and runners! The Squirt Race is for kids 2 – 10 years of age and is always so much fun to watch! This year, we are very pleased to again offer a Half Marathon course. If you liked the challenge of the Spa 10K running over West Mountain, then you are going to really like the Half Marathon because you get to run West Mountain and to the top of the Summit twice – hence the name Summit² Challenge! Are You Up To The Challenge? The maximum number of participants for the Half Marathon is 300. Don’t think to long or you may miss out.  The Spa 10k is a nationally recognized event as featured in Runner’s World Magazine Races & Places, November 2015 edition.

Race Weekend Info

Dec
14
Sat
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!

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