***Special Notice***

Due to the need for social distancing surrounding the COVID-19 situation, many of the events listed on our calendar have been canceled or had the dates changed. We are not currently taking down events as we haven’t received any definitives from most event organizers. WE RECOMMEND that you contact the race director or organizer before registering for any event in the next couple of months. We will attempt to keep you informed as we get more information. Thanks.

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.


Pink Tomato Festival 5K Run/Walk @ First State Bank
Jun 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am


The  Annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will kick off Saturday June 10, 2017, with the pageants to be held at the Cultural Center in Warren. The main attractions will be held the second full weekend in June, as always, in Downtown Warren. Make your plans to attend, and be sure to become a fan on our Facebook page!

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!

Michelob Ultra Bear Creek Challenge @ Marianna Town Square
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This event is a non-competitive 15 mile ride on the St. Francis National Forest portion of the Big River Trail from Memphis to Arkansas City. The ride is a roundtrip from the Marianna Town Square to the spillway at Bear Creek Lake. A shorter 5 mile ride can be made by turning around at the Mississippi River State Park Visitors Center. Start time is 9:00am September 28th. All pre-entries are guaranteed an event T-shirt. Snacks and refreshments will be complimentary before and after the race as well as on the ride. Proceeds will benefit the veteran of Lee County. The ride is in conjunction with the Marianna Autumn on the Square Festival. Plan to enjoy your day at the festival.

Running of the Elves 5K @ Bryant Stadium
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Bryant High School’s HOSA Club will be hosting our 2nd Running of the Elves 5K! Dress in your holiday gear and come run/walk with us! The race will be held at the same location as last year, Bryant Stadium. However, some things have changed. This year, you can expect:
– Arkansas Race Timing
– Kids’ Fun Run
– Other Kids’ Activities
– 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes + Best Dressed Elf!
– Children’s Toy Drive Donation
– Long sleeve T shirts and Snacks
Share this event with your friends! We are so excited to bring together the Bryant Community this holiday season!

Jingle Bell Run Little Rock @ Clinton Presidential Center
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

jingle bell run

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Clinton Presidential Library

Online registration closes on December 6 at 12:00 a.m.

Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, we’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step we take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause!

For more help or information about the 2019 Jingle Bell Run – Little Rock, AR contact Angela Harris at aharris@arthritis.org or call 501-232-8660.


Event Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – Day of registration, day of packet pick-up, Timing chip pick up, Elf Village (Kid’s Zone fun), picture with Santa, Vendor Booths, etc.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Kid’s Run Begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10K Starts
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5K Starts
  • 11:10 a.m. – Joe Cook 1 Mile Memorial Walk
  • 11:40 a.m. – Costume contest winners, volunteer awards announced, 5k awards.

Packet Pick-up

Early packet pick up (shirts, bells, timing chips ONLY available at race site) and on site registration:
December 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
GO! Running | 1819 N Grant St, Little Rock, AR 72207


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