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May
18
Sat
The Catsmacker @ Lake Sylvia
May 18 @ 7:00 am

The 2019 Catsmacker
and Kitty Tickler fun run

New this year for the Catsmacker: This is now a PAID RACE. Use this link to REGISTER

Camp Ouachita
Saturday, May 18, 2019

6:45 Trail briefing, 7:00 am Start

Features:
Distance: 22 miles
Terrain: Plenty of hills
Surface: Forest roads with some single track and double track
Also a 12-mile Kitty Tickler option
Course Map

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

Course Description
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.

Runner Safety:
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.

Jul
20
Sat
Full mOOn 50K/25K @ Camp Ouachita
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 4:00 am
Full mOOn 50K/25K @ Camp Ouachita | Paron | Arkansas | United States

Full mOOn 50K is the Ultra Trail Series season kickoff race and a celebration event honoring birthdays of favorite AURA Queens.

The race is great for first-time trail and ultra runners, pavement pounders and PRs! The out-and-back course is set on rolling Forest Service Roads.
The run starts at Camp Ouachita Girl Scout Camp in the Ouachita National Forest. There are restrooms on site and showers at the campground nearby we have paid for your use. So plan to stick around for the after-party. This year, we’re serving breakfast just like the old days. But we’ll still have the regular goods and super cold watermelon for sure!

Bring your running family and friends. Spectators are welcome and will probably be recruited to volunteer! (See our volunteer page for opportunities). Please carpool if you can! Parking is limited to the west side of Highway 324. NO PARKING ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD. (The side closest to the camp is off limits.) NO EXCEPTIONS. The Forest Service is very serious about this and will ticket and/or tow your vehicle. Follow parking directors as you pull in. There is no fee for parking unless you decide to park on the wrong side of the road – the ticket is $240.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the party and for the run. They’ll need to wear something reflective and probably be able to run with you off leash (leash in the dark is a tripping hazard for inbound runners). Email the race director for more information.

Expect heat, humidity & darkness. Bring a headlamp, salt and a 20 oz + water bottle. Bug Spray — Good idea!

Aug
25
Sun
Mt Nebo Trail Run @ Mount Nebo State Park Pavilion
Aug 25 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mt Nebo Trail Run @ Mount Nebo State Park Pavilion | Dardanelle | Arkansas | United States

Miscellaneous Information:

  • Distance: 14 miles (approximate)
  • Starts at 7:00 am from the top of Mt. Nebo, in the parking lot near the pool and camping area. Mt. Nebo is about three miles west of Dardanelle on Hwy 155.
  • There is no entry fee. There may be some form of receptacle into which a donation would be appropriate to show appreciation for those administering the run and/or providing food and aid.
  • This is a low-key event–a “fun run”. Please keep your own time and sign in at the finish.
  • Race contact: Tom Aspel 479-857-4527
  • Race #2 in the 2019-2020 AURA Ultra Trail Series

Google Maps Driving Directions to race start.

Parking:

  • Parking will be in the grassy area near the stop sign. No parking in the campground-pool-pavilion parking lot. Just to be clear, you cannot park where we always parked before. There will be someone directing you where to park.

Post Run:

  • The pavilion by the pool is reserved for the race until 2 pm.
  • The organizers will have some hamburgers and watermelon at the finish. First come, first served. You might want to bring drinks.
  • Showers are available on top; the pool will be open at 11:00am – $3 fee to swim

Camping and Lodging Information:

  • Camping options: Campsites with water and electricity; Bench trail camping with no facilities.
  • Cabins are also available. Capacities from 4 to 8 people.
  • For information contact Mt. Nebo: mountnebo@arkansas.com or 1-800-264-2458 or (479) 229-3655

 

Oct
26
Sat
Creep N Crawl 10K/5K @ Two Rivers Park
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Creep N Crawl 10K/5K @ Two Rivers Park | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

The Creep N Crawl 10K / 5K celebrates the best of autumn with a healthy dose of physical fitness. Create a new family tradition while enjoying all the fall fun with friends. Grab your costume and join us as at Two Rivers Park.

COURSE
The course runs on the paved trails at Two Rivers Park and the Arkansas River Trail, combining the safety of a smooth surface and the autumn beauty of Two Rivers Park.    Please note:
Due to the location of the race and trails, some areas may be a bit dark.  Flashlights, lanterns or head lamps may be utilized.

COSTUME CONTEST
As part of the festivities, we will have a costume contest for race participants only. We encourage participants to get creative and dress in costume for the race.  To take part in the costume contest, stop by the judging table at the finish line after you finish to be considered.  The costume categories include:

Youth – Individual
Youth – Group
Adult – Individual
And more
Costume Contest Rules:

You must be a registered participant and complete the race event in your costume to be eligible for prizes.
Groups and Pairs must come to the judging table together to be eligible.
If you are a group or a pair, you must pick a team captain and a team name. We will use this name and the team captain’s race number for judging.
You must have a race number visible to be eligible for the Costume Contest and please keep your race bib number on for winner announcements.
You must be present at the awards ceremony to win a prize.
Judges will be looking for originality, authenticity, overall theme and craftsmanship!

Nov
29
Fri
Sunset Endurance Run 24 Hour @ Sunset Lake
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day
Sunset Endurance Run 24 Hour @ Sunset Lake | Benton | Arkansas | United States

Sunset Endurance Run

You may run, walk, hop, skip, jump, or crawl for as long as you want within the time limit, and stop whenever you have had enough fun.

The 24 hour run will being at 7:30pm on Friday, November 29
The 6 and 12 hour runs will begin at 7:30am on Saturday, November 30

Check-in will be 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event you are running.
Course

The course will follow a one mile paved loop around Sunset Lake
(The actual distance is 1.015 miles.)
There will lighting on part of the trail loop after dark
but
it is recommended that the 24 hour runners bring a flashlight or headlamp
unless they are comfortable running in the dark.
Entry Fee

None (donations will be gladly accepted to help offset costs)
No Fees, Few Frills

Water, Gatorade and soft drinks will be provided along with chips, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, bananas, boiled potatoes, and soup. Runners are welcome to bring any other desired personal food items.
Runners are encouraged to bring a water bottle and/or another personal container either marked with their name or carried with them to use for liquids to minimize the use of disposable cups, thus avoiding unnecessary trash.

We will have Overall,Masters, Grand Masters, and Senors male/female first place (only) awards for each event.
Other

No DNFs – Runners will be credited with the total number of miles completed regardless of how long they run. Runners may stop at any time they decide they have had enough fun! However, runners who change to a different run category will not be eligible for an award.
Runners are welcome to bring someone with them to help count laps or just cheer them on.

Although there is no entry fee, advance registration is encouraged so that we will have some idea of the number of people to prepare for.
This form may be submitted by e-mail.
There will be a waiver to sign on race day.

Directions

From westbound I-30, take the Sevier Street exit (Exit 116), cross the bridge, turn right and go down to the frontage road. Turn left on the frontage road and go just over 3/10 mile west. You will pass Holland Chapel Church and the Saline County Fairgrounds. Turn left on Fairfield Street which is just past the fairgrounds. Just past the National Guard Armory you will see Sunset Lake on your right. Park anywhere around the lake except the upper parking lot by the dog park.

From eastbound I-30, take the Sevier Street exit (Exit 116). Bear left on the frontage road Turn right on to Fairfield Street which will be the first right after you enter the frontage road. Stay on Fairfield Street to Sunset Lake.

Nov
30
Sat
Sunset Endurance Run 6/12 Hour @ Sunset Lake
Nov 30 @ 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sunset Endurance Run 6/12 Hour @ Sunset Lake | Benton | Arkansas | United States

Sunset Endurance Run

You may run, walk, hop, skip, jump, or crawl for as long as you want within the time limit, and stop whenever you have had enough fun.

The 24 hour run will being at 7:30pm on Friday, November 29
The 6 and 12 hour runs will begin at 7:30am on Saturday, November 30

Check-in will be 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event you are running.
Course

The course will follow a one mile paved loop around Sunset Lake
(The actual distance is 1.015 miles.)
There will lighting on part of the trail loop after dark
but
it is recommended that the 24 hour runners bring a flashlight or headlamp
unless they are comfortable running in the dark.
Entry Fee

None (donations will be gladly accepted to help offset costs)
No Fees, Few Frills

Water, Gatorade and soft drinks will be provided along with chips, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, bananas, boiled potatoes, and soup. Runners are welcome to bring any other desired personal food items.
Runners are encouraged to bring a water bottle and/or another personal container either marked with their name or carried with them to use for liquids to minimize the use of disposable cups, thus avoiding unnecessary trash.

We will have Overall,Masters, Grand Masters, and Senors male/female first place (only) awards for each event.
Other

No DNFs – Runners will be credited with the total number of miles completed regardless of how long they run. Runners may stop at any time they decide they have had enough fun! However, runners who change to a different run category will not be eligible for an award.
Runners are welcome to bring someone with them to help count laps or just cheer them on.

Although there is no entry fee, advance registration is encouraged so that we will have some idea of the number of people to prepare for.
This form may be submitted by e-mail.
There will be a waiver to sign on race day.

Directions

From westbound I-30, take the Sevier Street exit (Exit 116), cross the bridge, turn right and go down to the frontage road. Turn left on the frontage road and go just over 3/10 mile west. You will pass Holland Chapel Church and the Saline County Fairgrounds. Turn left on Fairfield Street which is just past the fairgrounds. Just past the National Guard Armory you will see Sunset Lake on your right. Park anywhere around the lake except the upper parking lot by the dog park.

From eastbound I-30, take the Sevier Street exit (Exit 116). Bear left on the frontage road Turn right on to Fairfield Street which will be the first right after you enter the frontage road. Stay on Fairfield Street to Sunset Lake.

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!

Feb
1
Sat
White Rock Classic 50K
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Race Information: White Rock Classic 50K

  • No Fees, No frills, No WIMPS!
  • Race begins on Road 1003 (White Rock Mountain Road) just off Highway 23, about a mile north of the Mulberry River (near Cass).
  • Part of the 2016 – 2017 AURA Ultra Trail Series
  • There is no entry fee but a small donation to help cover costs would be appreciated.
  • Refreshments will be near the finish line starting at 1:00 pm
  • If doing the 50K and not confident of a 5:00PM finish you are welcome to start early. (study the map, you will be unsupported till the aid station volunteers get set up).
  • Please keep your own time and sign in at the top (past the aid station at the lookout) and at the finish to be included in the results.
  • You must sign out before leaving or you will be charges for search and rescue.
  • The 50K course runs to the top of White Rock Mountain, then retraces back to the start.
  • The course is run on well maintained forest road.
  • Aid is set up approximately every 5 – 6 miles.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If for some reason you plan to NOT to run back, you MUST plan ahead to arrange your own ride back to the start. No shuttling will be available.
  • Course Map
  • Course Elevation Profile, compliments of Jeff Genova – Thanks Jeff!
    Approximate cumulative elevation changes:
    Out/up: 3500′ total climb, 1900′ total descent
    Back/Down: 1900′ total climb and 3500′ total descent
  • This 50K is very challenging and not recommended for those who have not at least completed a marathon (or run 26 miles) recently. It is guaranteed to help work off those Christmas holiday pounds before the Valentine Candy arrives.
  • Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel the race due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. Both the condition/width of the roads and the snow height and ice will be taken into consideration when making the final decision. In other words, don’t go if the weather is bad! Remember this is for fun, fellowship and recreation. This race has been cancelled in the past due to bad weather.
  • Course closes by 5 pm. Early starts are accepted if you anticipate not completing the 50K under 8 hours. Note: There will be a few awards given–early starters are not eligible for awards.
  • Brought to you by Lisa Gunnoe, PoDog Vogler, and the Arkansas Ultra Running Association (AURA)
  • Questions: e-mail Lisa

Parking:

  • Parking at the start is limited.
  • If you can, park at the Turner Bend store–at the Mulberry River bridge on Highway 23 and carpool to the start.
  • If you park at the start pull over to the right as much as you possibly can. An ambulance must be able to get by you and they are wide.
  • All cars must park on same side of road, left/South.

Restrooms:

  • Please use the restrooms at the Turner Bend Store (please show gratitude by purchasing something).
  • There are no restrooms in the campground at the start. If you need to go, walk up the road, away from the campground, and leave no trace.
  • This has been a problem in the past and we may loose our permit so – LEAVE NO TRACE!!!

Course Records:

  • Male: Brian Hurley, 3:53:06 (2014)
  • Female: Chrissy Ferguson, 4:44:25 (1999)
  • Male (Brannon Cemetery start/finish): Cole Crosby, 3:53:55 (2012)
  • Female (Brannon Cemetery start/finish): Katie Helms, 5:14 (2012)

 

 

Feb
29
Sat
Little Rock Marathon @ Downtown Little Rock
Feb 29 – Mar 1 all-day
Little Rock Marathon @ Downtown Little Rock | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Named as one of Runner’s World “Bucket List: 10 Great Marathons for First-Timers” in January 2017, come fill your bucket at the 18th Annual Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Little Rockers Kids Marathon on February 29th-March 1st 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

Apr
18
Sat
Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run @ Maumelle Park Pavilion 8
Apr 18 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run @ Maumelle Park Pavilion 8 | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Ouachita Trail 50 Endurance Run

50 Mile and 50K Information

Date: April 18, 2020

Location: Maumelle Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, Pavilion # 8 (see map and directions)

Starting Time: 6:00 AM (Prompt) for both races. Runners must check in at the pavilion between 5:00 and 5:45 AM.

Packets: Race packets may be picked up at Pavilion #8 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 12th, or between 5:00 and 5:45 AM race morning.

Course: A picturesque climb over Pinnacle Mountain followed by an out-and-back along the shore of Lake Maumelle. Course includes six miles of asphalt and the remainder on scenic, rocky, single-track trail. Pinnacle Mountain trails will be utilized on the “out” portion only. Several highway crossings will be involved. There will be no traffic control. Please be responsible and be careful!

Trail: The Ouachita Trail is a single track foot path on which no bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed. The trail is permanently marked with blue blazes. Turns are marked with two blue blazes. Additional markers (blue ribbons) will be out.

Aid: Eleven staffed aid stations for 50-mile; seven for 50Km. (See mileage/aid station chart.) Carrying at least one fluid bottle is HIGHLY advised.

Crew access: Crews can meet runners at East Pinnacle Parking Lot, West Summit Trailhead, Northshore, and the Hwy 10 turnaround only.

Drop Bags: Drop bags will be taken to the 16 and 36-mile aid station (Northshore), and to the turnaround point for the 50 mile (Highway 10). Please label dropbags with your name and “Northshore” or “Hwy 10” to avoid confusion. Bring all bags to the race check-in between 5:00 and 5:45 AM. Bags will be returned to the finish area after the race.

Cut-off Times: There is a 13-hour time limit for both races. Runners registered in the 50 Mile have the option to change to the 50Km during the race. To continue in the 50 Mile race, a runner must exit the Northshore aid station by 10:15 AM (out-bound) and 3:30 PM (returning), and the Hwy 10 Turnaround aid station by 12:50 PM. These cut-off times will be strictly enforced.

Awards: Finishing awards to each 50K and 50 Mile finisher. Overall awards to first male and female finisher in the 50K and 50 Mile. Awards will be presented as you finish.. Technical shirts to all entrants. Food will be provided at the finish – hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.

Race Director: Chrissy Ferguson, e-mail (Preferred) OT50@RunArkansas.com ; phone 501-803-9411

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