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.

 

Jan
24
Thu
History of Hiking in Hot Springs @ Garland County Library
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
History of Hiking in Hot Springs @ Garland County Library

History of Hiking in Hot Springs features former National Park Ranger Jeff Heitzman. Be not just educated but also entertained, as this presentation includes historic props, period costume, and tons of facts about the Spa City’s earliest health-seeking hikers.

Aug
1
Thu
Arkansas Bike Summit @ The Record
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day

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PlacesForBikes Regional Conference

Thursday, August 1

9am-10am Registration Open

10am-3pm Sessions/Lunch w/ Keynote Speaker

3pm-5pm Guided Rides

6pm Happy Hour Reception

Friday, August 2

8am-9am Registration Open/Breakfast

9am-3pm Sessions/Lunch w/ Keynote Speaker

3:30pm-5:30pm Group Ride

5:30pm-7pm Happy Hour Reception

Dinner on Own

9pm-Late Finish Line Social

Saturday, August 3

8am-9am Continental Breakfast

9am-11:30am Sessions

11:30am-1pm Lunch on Own

1:30pm Trail Rides

5pm Closing Reception

(Tentative schedule, subject to change)

$25 per person PlacesForBikes Regional Conference includes conference registration, materials, lunch and happy hour reception on Thursday

$100.00 per person Arkansas Bike Summit includes conference registration, materials, goodie bag, breakfast Friday & Saturday, lunch Friday, and happy hour reception Friday & Saturday

Aug
24
Sat
St Jude Fayetteville 10K @ Lake Fayetteville
Aug 24 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

About
The annual St. Jude Fayetteville 10K will be in Fayetteville, AR on Aug. 24, 2019 @ 7:00 am. All profits go directly to St. Jude Hospital.

The St. Jude Fayetteville 10K will take place at Lake Fayetteville in Fayetteville, AR. The course will loop around the lake on a multi-use paved trail. The goal is to raise as much money as possible for St. Jude Hospital while providing a great race for NW Arkansas!

Location: Lake Fayetteville, 1450 E. Zion Rd, Fayetteville, AR Registration Fees: $30 (Through August 14) $35 (August 15-24) $40 (August 25-26) Race limited to the first 500 registrants. Only those registered by August 14 will be guaranteed a shirt.

Jan
4
Sat
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:
Missouri
Hurricane Knob
McKinley
Brier Creek
Leader
Brushheap
Brushy
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!

Sep
13
Sun
DeGray Lake Duathlon, Aquabike, Open Water Swim @ Degray Lake Spillway Area
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am

One of the original multisport festivals in Arkansas…the 2020 DeGray Lake Triathlon will feature three triathlon distances (olympic, sprint and super sprint), a duathlon (sprint), aquabike (olympic) and an open water swim (olympic). There will be a team category for the olympic triathlon.

DeGray Lake is a reservoir on the Caddo River in Arkansas. This beautiful lake and surrounding Ouachita mountains near Hot Springs and Little Rock is an Arkansas resort state park.

Olympic Triathlon: 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run.  Individuals and teams.
Sprint Triathlon: 500 yard swim, 13.5 mile bike, 5K run.  Individuals only
Super Sprint Triathlon: 225 yard swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run.  Individuals only
Sprint Duathlon: Run 1: 2 miles, Bike: 13.5 miles  Run 2:  3.1 miles
Aquabike (swim and bike only): 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike.  Individuals only
Open Water Swim: 1,500 meter swim

Race Venue Information:

DeGray Lake, Arkadelphia, AR
2.5 miles North on Hwy 7 from Interstate 30, exit 78.  Turn left onto Skyline Drive.
Spillway Trail Head (The Spillway Dam Area) is rougly 8/10ths of a mile west of the intersection of Skyline Dr and Hwy 7.
Google map coordinates – https://goo.gl/maps/Uz7c5ZuonT9pucF18
Entry Fees Priced With A T-Shirt
Entry Fees are priced with a ringspun cotton t-shirt , but a participant has the option to select no t-shirt and SAVE $5 or upgrade fabric to a full sublimated technical wicking fabric shirt for $15. Shirt size not guaranteed after April 15. If a shirt is ordered and the size is not available then a refund will be issued at packet pickup.

PACKET PICKUP / ONSITE REGISTRATION

All participants MUST pick up their own packets.  No one else may pick up an athlete’s packet.
Both a valid PHOTO ID and a current USAT MEMBERSHIP license are required.
NOTE: cell phone and internet connectivity may be spotty please either bring a hard copy of USAT membership or take a screenshot on your phone before leaving home.
Saturday, September 12
Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration will be from 4 – 7 pm at the Spillway Dam Recreation Area. Google map coordinates – https://goo.gl/maps/Uz7c5ZuonT9pucF18 Look for the registration tent and flags.  There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION, but you may register online until midnight September 12.  Chips will be issued on Race Day ONLY

Sunday, September 13 – RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP ONLY
All events: Packets may be picked up on race day from 6 – 7:30 am at Spillway Dam Recreation Area.  Look for the registration tent and flags. Chips will be issued at Body Marking, next to Transition. There is no race-day registration.
Race Schedule
SCHEDULE (Overall)

6:00 am – Transition Opens
6:00 am – Packet Pickup Begins
7:30 am – Mandatory pre-race meeting with USAT official
7:40 am – Payer and National Anthem
7:55 am – Final access to Oly distance transition area
8:00 am – Open Water Swim
8:00 am – First Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Males 39 & under
8:04 am – Second Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Males 40 & over
8:08 am – Third Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Females, all Juniors, team swimmers & Aquabike
8:10 am – Final access for Sprint/Super-Sprint distance transition area
8:10 am – Duathlon starts
8:10 am – First Wave (Sprint distance) staging begins
8:15 am – First Wave (Sprint) begins – Males 39 & under
8:18 am – Second Wave (Sprint) – Males 40 & over
8:21 am – Third Wave (Sprint) – all Females, all Juniors
8:25 am – Super-Sprint – all participants
9:15 am – Food to be served
10:30 am – Giveaway prizes (all participants will be in the drawing)
Awards (dependent upon category) – 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Race T-Shirt Fabric Options and Styles:

NO Shirt Option – Save $5
Ringspun Cotton T-shirt (NO CHARGE) – 100% cotton unisex sizing.
Fully Sublimated Technical T-shirt ($15 upgrade fee) – A true moisture wicking-fabric shirt that has been engineered to keep you dry while you exercise. There are plenty of polyester shirts out there, but this one is the real deal. Both men and women specific sizing.  Example can be viewed HERE.

DeGray Lake Triathlon @ Degray Lake Spillway Area
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am

One of the original multisport festivals in Arkansas…the 2020 DeGray Lake Triathlon will feature three triathlon distances (olympic, sprint and super sprint), a duathlon (sprint), aquabike (olympic) and an open water swim (olympic). There will be a team category for the olympic triathlon.

DeGray Lake is a reservoir on the Caddo River in Arkansas. This beautiful lake and surrounding Ouachita mountains near Hot Springs and Little Rock is an Arkansas resort state park.

Olympic Triathlon: 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run.  Individuals and teams.
Sprint Triathlon: 500 yard swim, 13.5 mile bike, 5K run.  Individuals only
Super Sprint Triathlon: 225 yard swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run.  Individuals only
Sprint Duathlon: Run 1: 2 miles, Bike: 13.5 miles  Run 2:  3.1 miles
Aquabike (swim and bike only): 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike.  Individuals only
Open Water Swim: 1,500 meter swim

Race Venue Information:

DeGray Lake, Arkadelphia, AR
2.5 miles North on Hwy 7 from Interstate 30, exit 78.  Turn left onto Skyline Drive.
Spillway Trail Head (The Spillway Dam Area) is rougly 8/10ths of a mile west of the intersection of Skyline Dr and Hwy 7.
Google map coordinates – https://goo.gl/maps/Uz7c5ZuonT9pucF18
Entry Fees Priced With A T-Shirt
Entry Fees are priced with a ringspun cotton t-shirt , but a participant has the option to select no t-shirt and SAVE $5 or upgrade fabric to a full sublimated technical wicking fabric shirt for $15. Shirt size not guaranteed after April 15. If a shirt is ordered and the size is not available then a refund will be issued at packet pickup.

PACKET PICKUP / ONSITE REGISTRATION

All participants MUST pick up their own packets.  No one else may pick up an athlete’s packet.
Both a valid PHOTO ID and a current USAT MEMBERSHIP license are required.
NOTE: cell phone and internet connectivity may be spotty please either bring a hard copy of USAT membership or take a screenshot on your phone before leaving home.
Saturday, September 12
Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration will be from 4 – 7 pm at the Spillway Dam Recreation Area. Google map coordinates – https://goo.gl/maps/Uz7c5ZuonT9pucF18 Look for the registration tent and flags.  There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION, but you may register online until midnight September 12.  Chips will be issued on Race Day ONLY

Sunday, September 13 – RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP ONLY
All events: Packets may be picked up on race day from 6 – 7:30 am at Spillway Dam Recreation Area.  Look for the registration tent and flags. Chips will be issued at Body Marking, next to Transition. There is no race-day registration.
Race Schedule
SCHEDULE (Overall)

6:00 am – Transition Opens
6:00 am – Packet Pickup Begins
7:30 am – Mandatory pre-race meeting with USAT official
7:40 am – Payer and National Anthem
7:55 am – Final access to Oly distance transition area
8:00 am – Open Water Swim
8:00 am – First Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Males 39 & under
8:04 am – Second Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Males 40 & over
8:08 am – Third Wave (Olympic distance only) – Individual Females, all Juniors, team swimmers & Aquabike
8:10 am – Final access for Sprint/Super-Sprint distance transition area
8:10 am – Duathlon starts
8:10 am – First Wave (Sprint distance) staging begins
8:15 am – First Wave (Sprint) begins – Males 39 & under
8:18 am – Second Wave (Sprint) – Males 40 & over
8:21 am – Third Wave (Sprint) – all Females, all Juniors
8:25 am – Super-Sprint – all participants
9:15 am – Food to be served
10:30 am – Giveaway prizes (all participants will be in the drawing)
Awards (dependent upon category) – 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Race T-Shirt Fabric Options and Styles:

NO Shirt Option – Save $5
Ringspun Cotton T-shirt (NO CHARGE) – 100% cotton unisex sizing.
Fully Sublimated Technical T-shirt ($15 upgrade fee) – A true moisture wicking-fabric shirt that has been engineered to keep you dry while you exercise. There are plenty of polyester shirts out there, but this one is the real deal. Both men and women specific sizing.  Example can be viewed HERE.