***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!

True Grit Ride 2019 @ Chaffee Crossing
Jun 22 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
True Grit Ride 2019 @ Chaffee Crossing | Fort Smith | Arkansas | United States

TGR100/MTB/5K Run/Walk benefits the Community Services Clearinghouse.

Route Distances: Road Ride 10, 28,42,66 and 100 miles, the Mountain Bike Ride is a 15 mile guided Mountain Bike Tour and the newest addition is the 5K Walk/Run. We offer a course for riders of any skill level.

Entry Fees: Registration is $50 for the TGR , $45 for the TG Mountain Bike Ride and $35 for the TG 5K Walk/Run.

The Clearinghouse is a well-established, non-profit organization located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, that provides emergency assistance to families and children in need throughout seven counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The most well-known program the Clearinghouse offers is the Meals for Kids backpack program, which distributes over 2,500 sacks of weekend food each Friday to children who otherwise would go hungry before returning to class on Monday.

The Gambler MTB Endurance Race @ Lake Atalanta
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Gambler Endurance MTB Race

Targeted to mountain bikers seeking a fun, late-night endurance ride

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2019. “The Gambler” is a spectator friendly 4-hour solo or team endurance event featuring the Lake Atalanta mountain bike trail system. Event will be at the Pleasant Ridge tract, 1615 S. Pleasant Ridge Road, Rogers, AR.

If you want to smash out four hours of solo endurance racing, or grab your fastest buddies for a strategy filled team effort… “The Gambler” has a category for everyone. Ante up!

Registration at the Pleasant Ridge Road trailhead from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Course is open to pre-ride from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mandatory racer meeting at 5:30 p.m.


  • Ages 13 and up
  • All solo and team competitors on the course after 8:00 p.m. must have lights
  • All 4-person team members must complete at least 1 lap

All 2-person team members must complete at least 2 laps


*All Categories are considered “Open” unless noted.

Additional details: Mass start for all categories, with designated staging area for team competition. Each lap on the single track route is approximately 2 miles.

Solo racers may leave the course at the designated start/finish line to refuel but must check out and back in appropriately. Solo and team laps will be counted. Last lap counts if racer entered the course by 9:59 p.m. Racer’s last lap completion time will be noted. Solo and team competitors with the most laps and the fastest completion time will determine finishing order.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category at the After Party at Ozark Beer Company at 109 N. Arkansas Street, Rogers, AR.

There is limited parking at the Pleasant Ridge Road trailhead.  Additional parking is available at Lake Atalanta Park on Walnut Street and in downtown Rogers.  There are paved trails leading to the Pleasant Ridge tract where this event will be held.

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.

NICA Race- Spring Hill Park @ Springhill Park
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm


The second race of the 2019 Arkansas NICA Season will take place at Spring Hill Trail in Barling, Arkansas.  The course starts right along the Arkansas River and alternates going through open space and forested areas along the banks of the river.

NICA Race- Coler Mountain Bike Preserve @ Coler Trail System
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm

NICA Race – Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

  • Bentonville Arkansas (map)

The third race of the 2019 Arkansas NICA Season will take place the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. This will be our first event at this location and are very excited to be using this great venue. All sorts of terrain to challenge everyone.

NICA Race- Cedar Glades Park @ Cedar Glades Park
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – Nov 3 @ 3:00 pm

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