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.
She’s been at it for over a week now and is pushing to accomplish something great. We are excited to announce the tentative details for her arrival on Wednesday of this week. Of course, bad weather or a flat can change this plan, but I wanted to send this out so everyone is aware and able to spread the word. We want to make her return to Little Rock memorable and inspiring. Here’s the anticipated plan so far:
****UPDATE**** It looks like Rebecca will arrive at Clinton Library between 9 am and 10 am. She’s moving!
12 PM CT – ARRIVAL **please continue to follow Rebecca on the tracker – it updates her location every 10 minutes
Who: Everyone! Bring the people out in droves.
1-3 PM CT – INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA
CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Who: Just Rebecca, the camera, and the journalists
4-6 PM CT – MEET & GREET, AUTOGRAPH SESSION, STORIES OF THE ROUTE
Who: Everyone! We would love to see a strong presence of local bike clubs, community members, etc. If you have any contacts that you’d like to invite – go for it, or feel free to pass them along to me for additional details.
To honor those who have been killed or injured while riding, we ride together in silence as a memorial. This is a global event to keep fallen cyclists in memory and to bring light to the all too often tragedy of bicycle crashes.
Meeting at 6 pm at the parking lot next to the EZ Mart on Main Street (SOMA). We will ride two by two (side by side, two columns), no more than 12 mph, to the Capitol Building where we will have a short ceremony. Riders can find their own route back. There will be a BACA film screening at 8 pm in The Root parking lot. We hope most riders can stay to watch Blood Road,” featuring Rebecca Rusch who is in the process of completing the first thru ride of the new Arkansas High Country Bike Route.
No pre-registration or tickets are required.
People ride bikes for many reasons. Often the opportunity to ride in honor or memory of someone is what spurs us to ride further on a different path. On this Worldwide Ride of Silence Day, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas is grateful to share such a journey through the award-winning documentary, “Blood Road.”
Although she’s used to pushing her body to its limit, nothing could prepare ultra-endurance
mountain biker Rebecca Rusch for the emotional journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1200
miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father, a US Air
Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam War. The documentary of this journey, “Blood Road,” won the Bentonville Filmfest in 2017.
On the day Rebecca is scheduled to complete the inaugural ride of the Arkansas High Country Bike Route, BACA presents a free outdoor screening of “Blood Road” in The Root parking lot following the 2019 Worldwide Ride of Silence, https://www.facebook.com/events/2363907907173859/?ti=icl
The Root will be open and serving dinner until 9 pm and beverages until 10 pm. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket plus money for meals and/or refreshments if desired.
Screening of Blood Road will begin at 8 pm.
- Full supported race over two days with 10-12 unique stages.
- The Urban stage. Truly a unique experience. Ride the first of its kind!
- Two racer meals compliments of Cycle OG.
- Full mechanical support thanks to Phat Tire Bike Shop.
- Medical support during the race and dedicated practice times.
- Race day shuttle for amateur racers (pro and EWS classes will only get 1 shuttle.
- Hydration support and riders lounge thanks to Monster Energy.
- A timing system for instant results and 100th of a second accuracy.
- Professionally marked course with arrows and tape.
- Cold adult beverages in marked areas. 21+ only.
- AID stations and lunch mid-race both days.
- Over $5000 in cash and prizes.
- Professional awards ceremony.
- Music and festivities
- AES event swag.
FULL FACE AND KNEE PADS MANDATORY
Full face and knee pads are mandatory at this event. No exceptions. We highly suggest elbow pads as well. Phat Tire and Mojo Cycling have full faces in stock. Mojo is offering registered riders 10% off a full face and knee pads. Phat Tire will also have full faces for sale on site. Riding within your limit is essential.
Race Across Peaks of The Ozarks Cycling Relay aka the R.A.P.T.O.R.
The event consists of 4-person relay, 2-person relay and Solo divisions based upon a four-criteria handicapping system…USA Cycling road category, Age, Gender, and Weight. You are going to geek out on the combinations to put the best team on the course.
Registration is now open and for this first year, we want to offer you and your mates a discount (codes expire on January 31):
• 4-person is $100 off, use code – “4personcoupon”
• 2-person is $50 off, use code – “twoperson”
• Solo division is $25 off, use code – “solocoupon”
Handicap system for each division and other event details can be found at the event website – https://runsignup.com/…/…/Fayetteville/RAPTORAdventureSeries
Register Now – https://www.bikereg.com/raptor-cycling-relay And don’t forget to use the coupon code!
Amenities will include:
• Fleece Hoodie
• Pre-race meal and beverages the night before
• Continental Breakfast on race morning
• Beer and Barbeque at the finish
• Finisher award
• Giveaway prizes
• Bragging rights if you win!
How many times do you get to do something completely different on the bike…this is your chance!
Little Rock Gran Fondo
A premium road cycling event for enthusiasts and racers alike.
A bit more adventurous and spirited than your normal T-shirt ride and with much higher level amenities.
Wear your best kit, ride your best equipment. It’s going to be a big day.
Our Gran Fondo finishes with a great meal and celebration with your fellow cyclists.
The 2019 Catsmacker
New this year for the Catsmacker: This is now a PAID RACE. Use this link to REGISTER
Saturday, May 18, 2019
6:45 Trail briefing, 7:00 am Start
Distance: 22 miles
Terrain: Plenty of hills
Surface: Forest roads with some single track and double track
Also a 12-mile Kitty Tickler option
Queens and Kings of the Trail!
The Ultra Trail Series awards ceremony will be held after the run. This is a NO-POINTS UTS run. It is the season-closer and basically a celebration of the end of another amazing year in Arkansas ultrarunning. A chance to close out the year with your closest friends.
To get there:
You should be able to find Williams Junction, AR on most maps; it is approximately 30 miles west of Little Rock on Hwy 10, or 20 miles south of Morrilton on Hwy 9. To get to the race site from Williams Junction, go north on Hwy 10/9 for a mile and a half, then take Hwy 324 and follow for three and a half miles. Park on right hand side of road by Camp Ouachita. If the road turns to gravel you went half mile too far.
- There will be a waiver to sign morning of run.
- There will be an unmanned aid station at mile 9.5 (not part of Kitty) and at mile 14 (mile 6 for Kitty).
- Please carry a water bottle and any snacks you want. Food at the aid stations will be minimal.
- There is a swim area not far from the finish line for those who want to cool off after the run.
- A cook will serve lunch at the finish. It will be burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and all the trimmings.
- The park does not allow dogs, so please do not bring your dog.
- For more information, contact the race director Chris Baldwin
The roads/trails used, in order, for The Catsmacker course:
- FSR 152 (from Start at Camp Ouachita) turning Right on FSR 132
- FSR 132 staying straight on FSR 94
- FSR 94 turning right on FSR 805
- FSR 805 turning right on HWY 324
- HWY 324 to finish at Camp Ouachita
- The Kitty Run course is the same as above with one deviation that is seen on the map. Approximately 3.5 miles into the course the Kitty run incorporates the Ouachita Trail for 1.5 miles and then turns back right onto FR 805.
Course marking will consist of signs, flagging with colored ribbon, and flour to mark directional information. In general, the focus is on marking turns and intersections. “Confidence” markings will be relatively rare. We recommend that participants print off maps if they are unsure of the course.
** Proceeds donated to AURA and Camp Ouachita.
It is always a good idea to carry a cell phone. The service is poor but most for of the course is higher up and has some service. If you are unfamiliar with the area, run with a buddy and study the Google Map. Print out the Course Map and carry it with you.
Enjoy 30 miles of Razorback Greenway cycling followed by post ride festivities that include live music, community farmer’s markets, refreshments, discounts to square area businesses, bicycle valet, and more!
The Square 2 Square Bike Ride follows the Razorback Greenway. The SPRING ride starts in Fayetteville and finishes in Bentonville. In the FALL, the start is in Bentonville and the finish is in Fayetteville. Fun for all ages! Total distance one-way is 30 miles. Along the course, participants can enjoy three festive pit stops featuring entertainment, bike maintenance services, and basic ride refreshments.
Riders are welcome to start at any point along the trail if not able to ride entire 30 miles. Optional shuttles (by reservation) will be available to the starting area, before and after the ride.
Ride Start: 8am-10:00am (chose a start time when you register) — Spring ride starts in Fayetteville
Finish Line Festivities: 10:00am-3pm — Spring rides finishes in Bentonville
Use this link to view an interactive map of the Razorback Regional Greenway
Get ready for the new and improved 2019 Gnome: Registration opens today at 3 pm CST. TT is May 18th, XC Race is May 19.
Also, we are working with the park and have blocked the campground for reservations for “racers only” in hopes we can correct a lot of the parking issues and logistics issues we have seen in the past. Please contact Woolly Hollow State Park for your campground reservations. (501) 679-2098 (Note if we don’t pack out the park in reservations they will start releasing spots)
New for 2019 is a 5.1 mile TT on Saturday at 3 pm. There will be awards and 5 AMBCS bonus points on the line. The finish order will also set the call-up for Sunday’s XC race.
There will be a new course with some new trails. Improved kid’s courses and the race loop is a NICA friendly type loop for the junior racers. Bring your Stryder bikes for a NASCAR style “Stryder” race on Sunday am for the little ones.
Like the page and stay tuned here for more updates as the race nears.
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!
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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
Put some gravel in your travel…The Arvest Little Rock Gran Fondo Weekend continues with a new event and a new location. Join us at Historic Marlsgate for the Arvest Dirty Fondo on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Love gravel? Never ridden on it? Wanna see how it feels? Come out Sunday morning to beautiful Marlsgate for coffee on the veranda from 6:00 to 7:00 AM. Enjoy the view of Bearskin Lake with a cup of joe and pastries, maybe even having a second cup. Then venture out at 7:00 AM for 50 miles of dirt and gravel through the Arkansas Delta. Return at noon and enjoy a traditional Southern box lunch with sparkling wine, craft beer, live music, and a few special gravel lovers’ prizes.
Expect a swag bag with cool cycling gear, including a Park Tool apron and a CO2 inflator kit, plus a 16 oz. Dirty Fondo beer glass (to be distributed during lunch) and a coupon for free bike parts (rims, tubes, tires, etc.) from our RB4K shop.
Registration for the Arvest Dirty Fondo 2018 assures Recycle Bikes for Kids will continue their mission of supplying free bicycles to over 2000 kids annually.
Memorial Day Pancake Run with proceeds going to Team RWB. Fleet Feet’s annual pancake cook-off and fun run. All proceeds will go to Team RWB, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans.
The Ronde van Burns Criterium Series returns on Tuesday nights for 4 weeks May 28th – June 18th at the Burns Park Soccer Complex on Tournament Drive
Even if you aren’t racing, come out to cheer.
Join Bentonville Parks and Recreation for a “lights out” celebration to kick off the 2019-2020 Run Bentonville Race Series. We’ll deck all participants out in plenty of “glow gear”, and a unique glow-in-the-dark tshirt. There will also be a finish line DJ and “Party Stations” along the course!
May 31st at 8:45pm
Distance: 2 miles
Time: Approx 8:45pm
Award for our “Flashiest” costume!
Children 6 and up are able to register and participate as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
All participants will receive a Glow necklace, and Glow in the Dark t-shirt!
You will be able to pick up your packets at the Downtown Activity Center (215 SW A St.) on Thursday from 8am-8pm or Friday from 8am-4:30pm.
Tour de Rock is an annual bicycle ride in North Little Rock, Arkansas that benefits CARTI (Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute), a not-for-profit health-care organization that provides the finest-quality radiation therapy and compassionate patient care to cancer patients in Arkansas and the surrounding states.
CARTI’s 15th Annual Tour de Rock presented by Russell Chevrolet will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Five rides to choose from: 25, 50, 62, 80, or 100 miles. Pancake-flat course, very well-supported ride with and plenty of rest stops. Registration opens on January 1, 2018 and includes registration fee, commemorative t-shirt, and post-ride party complete with music, exhibitors, great food, and beer garden.
What: Four pancake-flat 25, 50, 62, and 100 mile routes through Central Arkansas.
Who: over 1,000 cyclists from Arkansas and beyond
Where: Route begins and ends on Riverfront Drive and Brother Paul Drive in N. Little Rock. After party at Heifer International Pavilion.
Why: To fight cancer and help CARTI deliver the most advanced forms of cancer care. Chances are you’ve been impacted by cancer. CARTI’s Tour de Rock is an opportunity to honor the ones who’ve fought the battle. Who will you ride for?
For more information on Tour de Rock, please contact Jennifer Selig at (501) 296-3428 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for the Little Rock Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run/Walk to help raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Little Rock area. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease. The event includes refreshments, tech shirts and marathon quality medals for age group winners. Get Your Rear in Gear provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer in our community.
7:15am – Registration
7:45am – Opening Ceremony
8:00am – 5K Run begins
8:05am – 5K Walk begins
9:30am – Closing Ceremony & Awards
10:00am-12:00 pm – After party & Lunch Celebration
Friday, May 31
Two triathlon distances (international and sprint), plus an aquabike category for individuals and a team category for the international distance all of which are held at Lake Wedington Recreation Park. New in 2019…a sprint-distance duathlon.
The park is located 13 miles west of Fayetteville and is one of the most natural settings for a triathlon in the region. Both spectators and participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the area and combined with unique finisher medals, post-race food, awards and prizes all make this race one that people do not want to miss.
WHAT ARE THE COURSES LIKE ?
- Sprint Triathlon – 400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run
- International Triathlon – 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike and a 4 mile run
- Aquabike – 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike
- Sprint Duathlon – 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run
The swim takes place in Wedington Lake, the bike courses are on paved roads outside the park and both runs are held on a two-loop course inside the park on paved roads. The sprint distance run courses do not go up the infamous “hill from hell”!
Cate Mertins Mountain Bike Camp for Girls
About this Camp
Dates: June 3rd – 7th (Mon-Fri)
Location: Lake Fayetteville, AR (field by the disc golf course on the North shore)
Who: Only Girls, ages 10-14 (sorry boys, your camp may come later)
Time: 8:30 AM – 12PM (early drop-off available)
What: This camp is a girls-only introduction to mountain biking. No prior trail riding or mountain biking experience required. If your daughter can ride her bike comfortably around the block, she’s ready for this camp!
We will teach your daughter to ride a mountain bike, and promise that she’ll have a fun-filled week learning new skills, gaining confidence on and off her bike, and developing a lifelong love of mountain biking.
- Small camp (each week is limited to 6 girls)
- Girls only (girls teaching girls)
- Step-by-step instruction of each basic skill needed to ride with confidence
- Skills are taught in an open field with a focus on safety and fun
- By the end of the week, we’ll be having fun riding the trails around Lake Fayetteville.
- Fun, fun, and more fun.
Why you should trust me, Cate Mertins, to teach your daughter:
- 2019 honors graduate of Haas Hall Academy, Fayetteville
- 2016 -2018 Arkansas State Champion, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
- I’ve spent countless hours teaching my siblings, friends, and teammates to ride and progress in their skills for both recreational mountain biking and racing.
- I’ve completed all coursework and training necessary for certification as a Level 1 Coach in NICA, and while in college, I will be coaching 6th-12th graders.
- While at Haas Hall: I founded the school’s mountain bike team, served as president of the student council, served as cheer team captain, and ran cross-country and track.
- I’m passionate about getting more girls on bikes: I’ve spoken at the World Summit of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) on the impact mountain biking has had on my life, and was invited to participate in IMBA Uprising, an all-women symposium focused on identifying and overcoming the obstacles women face in the sport. At Uprising, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to help develop and launch GRiT (Girls Riding Together) a national initiative to get more girls on mountain bikes.
What to Bring to Camp:
- a properly sized mountain bike in good working order
- a properly fitting, undamaged helmet
- a bottle of water
- sunscreen and bug spray
- sunglasses or clear safety glasses ($5 at Walmart ) are recommended
- waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian
Questions: email me at email@example.com with your name and phone number, and I’ll be happy to call and visit with you or your daughter about this camp and any questions you have.
The Ronde van Burns Criterium Series returns on Tuesday nights for 4 weeks May 28th – June 18th at the Burns Park Soccer Complex on Tournament Drive
Even if you aren’t racing, come out to cheer.
2019 marks the 21st running of the Arkansas Runner 2-Mile race. This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.
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
The Tour De Tomato is a new event for the World Famous Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival. This event will be held on June 8th, 2019 the Saturday before the Festival. There will be a 62, 30 and a 15 mile bicycle ride through the heart of Bradley County. The course will be clearly marked and will consist of all pavement riding and there will be aid/break stations throughout the ride.
The ride will start in historic downtown Warren Arkansas at the beautiful Bradley County Courthouse and the staging will be right down the road at the DWR YMCA. You will take in all Warren has to offer from its friendly people to its beautiful downtown area and of course its famous brick streets. From there you will head out and enjoy Bradley County and the road will be shoulder riding throughout the ride. There will be food and goody bags also along with a one of a kind race t-shirt!!! The fee is the same for all ride lengths
So come out and enjoy the inaugural Tour De Tomato and have the time of your life!!!!
SAVE THE DATE!
We will be cutting a log and opening the new trails. This is a full on festival and will include Orbea mountain bikes to borrow and more. Keep watching here as we get more information out. It’s going to be the party of the season. https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/trails/monument-trails
Full schedule coming soon.
The Raccoon Creek Crusher 40k is a 7K walk/run followed by a 33K road bike.
Race day is June 8, it begins at 9 a.m. and is held at Stone County Medical Center.
The 7k race begins at the Stone County Medical Center and goes to the historic town square then back to SCMC. Those brave enough to add on the 33k cycling portion will then head out from SCMC to Little Raccoon Creek (a very scenic and hilly route) then back to SCMC for the finish.
Please join host the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists for the Annual Battle For Townsends Ridge XC Race at Hobbs State Park! This race is part of the AMBCS series.
The race will run COUNTER-CLOCKWISE 2019!
Kids Race Free (Juniors 14 & under)! The OORC has waived all Junior registration fees for the race in a continued effort to make mountain biking more accessible for our youth. Parent Note – Kids will still be required to hold a one-day or annual USAC license for insurance/liability and those may be purchased in the pre-registration process or onsite for just $10 (one-day). AMBCS waives the $5 hard plate fee as well.
All racers are required to purchase a one-time AMBCS hard plate at the first race they attend during the season for $5. Juniors 14 and under are FREE!
All racers are asked to enter the State Park down Piney Rd. (paved) and follow arrows to the event grounds located at the parking lot along Townsends Ridge Rd. NOTE: Townsends Ridge Rd from Hwy. 12 will be closed to auto traffic the morning of the event.
Onsite registration will be available the morning of the event. Riders that pre-register still need to check-in at registration, but your wait-time should be minimum. Onsite registration will close 30 minutes prior to each Class start time. If this is your first race of the season you will need to purchase an AMBCS hard plate for $5.
Cash or Check ONLY! Checks can be made payable to the “OORC”. We will not be able to process credit cards at the State Park.
Please remember that there is a very good chance that the person or persons assisting you on race day are volunteers and have donated their time. Please be courteous and thank them for their volunteerism.
Lunch will be served for all participants/attendees.
Run, ride, run around the beautiful Lake Fayetteville in this ladies only duathlon. Each run will be 2 miles and the bike will be 11 miles, all of which will be on paved trail. What sounds better than the chance to get out and run, bike, run in the company of hundreds of other women!
When: Sunday, June 9, 2019. 7:00am
What: Duathlon – Run 2 miles, Bike 11 miles, Run 2 miles
Where: Lake Fayetteville / Veterans Memorial Park. Check out the Event Site Map.
Who: Ladies only! Participate as an Individual OR as a Relay (team of two)
Registration for the Ladies DU will open on February 1, 2019.
Online registration will begin February 1. Individual entry is $45 and relay entry is $75. Fees increase to $55 and $95 after May 10. Registration will be open until June 8. Day prior and Day of race registration may be available. Fee includes cycling jersey, chip timing, and finisher medal.
The transition area will open at 6:30am. Check-in and Packet Pick up will be from 6:45am-7:45am.
Pre-Race Stretch (led by lululemon) will begin at 6:45am.
Final Announcement and the National Anthem will begin at 6:55am.
Race start is 7:00am.
Post-race Festivities from 8:15-10:30am
The Ladies DU Fayetteville will utilized the paved trails in the Lake Fayetteville area. The RUN course is an out and back on Clear Creek Trail and the BIKE course is two laps around Lake Fayetteville on the Lake Fayetteville Trail. Course map can be viewed here: 2019 Course Map
All finishers will receive a finisher medal. Awards will be given to the top three overall individuals and to the top three overall relay teams. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers as well.
If you are looking to get involved, we have plenty of opportunities for you such as event set up, participant check in, timing assistants and course monitors. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt! Register for this or any Fayetteville Parks and Recreation event via Give Pulse or contact Tiffany Hoover, Assistant Recreation Superintendent, by email.
The Fayetteville Race Series would not be successful with out support from our event sponsors. Thank you to those who have contributed! For information on sponsorship opportunities, please refer to our Fayetteville Race Series Sponsorship Packet and contact Fayetteville Parks and Recreation.