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.
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!
Race hosted by the River Valley Runners
•Kicks off the 2019 Grand Prix Season!
•Run on a standard 400 meter track
•Grand Prix Championship Event
•Two separate heats to decrease track congestion
The first One Hour Track Run was held in 1983 as part of Grand Prix II. This run took place in Russellville at the Arkansas Tech University track. The One Hour Track Run was eliminated after one year as the Grand Prix was trimmed to a core of four races for most of the 1980’s. Later incarnations of a One Hour Track Run were located in El Dorado and later Camden, Arkansas, and were a Grand Prix staple in the 1990’s. After 1998, the One Hour Track Run ceased to be run until the Long Distance Running Committee decided to revive it as part of the 25th Running of the Grand Prix in 2006. Fittingly, the One Hour Track Run returned to Russellville for Grand Prix XXV, and was held at the Russellville High School Track.
The course is a standard, 400 meter track. Very Flat! Aid stations every 1/4 mile!
ONE HOUR TRACK RUN WILL BE AT Pottsville High School, Pottsville, AR
Date: February 1, 2020
Time: 9 am
Arkansas’ fastest and most scenic 15K! 100% paved course travels along the Arkansas River, Old Rock Quarry, Burns Park and more.
Race hosted by the Arkansas RRCA
USATF Course Certification #AR15002DLP
2018 Winners were Brent Corbitt and Tia Stone
Chip Timing provided by Mac’s Race Timing Service
Proceeds benefit the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series
No T-shirt option allows you to cut $5 off the entry fee
Packet pickup will be Friday,Jan. 31, 2020 at Go! Running, 1819 Grant Street, Little Rock, from Noon – 6 PM.
Race History: The Valentine’s Day 5K dates back to the 1980’s when it was known as the “Serendipity Run”. 1994 marked the race’s first inclusion in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series.
Course Description: The race starts at Arkansas Tech University, Tucker Gym.
Sweetheart Competition: A special feature of the Valentine’s Day 5K is the chance to team up with a sweetheart for additional prizes! Runners have the option of entering with their spouse in the Married Sweethearts Division, or teaming up with a “friend” in the Unmarried Sweethearts Division. The finishing times for the two Sweethearts will be added together to compete against other couples’ composite times. The Sweetheart competition is in additional to the male/female individual races and does not affect an individual’s time, placing, or award in the overall race.
Run the Line is your unique opportunity to run a single race that not only takes place in two states but that actually includes a portion where you run right down the state line. The course map is on RunSignUp along with the elevation map.
Distance: 13.1 Miles Water Stops: 8 Hills: One large hill (Arkansas Boulevard) and many short inclines in the second half of the race. Single loop course. After an exciting shotgun start in downtown Texarkana, Texas, runners pour across the state line into Arkansas and down a long, one mile gradual stretch downhill. The course then turns north onto the beautiful Nix Creek Trail, one of several trail projects this race raises money to create and maintain. After 2.5 miles on the trail the course winds through pretty Texarkana, Arkansas neighborhoods before heading up the biggest and longest hill on the course and across the state line back into Texarkana, Texas. After reaching the halfway point (and the handoff for 2-person relay team participants), the course heads toward Spring Lake Park where funds from this race helped create: the Phillip McDougal Trail. Then the course winds up and down several small hills through neighborhoods south of the park before heading toward downtown. Runners will then experience some of the older Texarkana neighborhoods and stately homes as the race heads for home. Less than a mile from the finish the course finally hits State Line Avenue and runners will have a chance to run right down the state line between Texas and Arkansas. After rounding the courthouse, the course veers back into Arkansas and the finish line festivities at 3rd & Wood Streets!
CHASE RACE 2-MILE is an AR Grand Prix Championship Race. We believe it is the best 2-MILE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ever. Walkers and slower runners yield to faster runners on the course. All participants will be directed to the right side of the course streets. No dogs in this one please! The course is certified by USATF and disposable chip timing with S/F mats will be provided.
PAWS RACE 1-Mile event is for participants who want to run or walk with their leashed dog/pet. It is a fun event for dogs/pets of all breeds, ages and sizes! The course will be gun timed (no start mat).
Both events start and finish at Simon Park, 805 Front Street, Conway, AR.
OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
1) Best Pet Costume Contest. Judging and winners will be determined during the 1-Mile race.
2) Conway Animal Shelter will have pets available for adoption.
C o u r s e s: The 2M & PAWS 1M courses are out & back, flat and fast with excellent traffic control & aid station. An experienced team of organizers will make the event exciting and fun. Restrooms will be available. See you at the start line March 9! Participants of all abilities, ” ON YOUR MARK”!R u n n e r a m e n i t i e s: Each Participant will receive a 100% Poly Unisex souvenir T-Shirt. To be guaranteed a T-shirt of your size, you must register before FEBRUARY 20, 2019. Participants will also receive an awesome “goodie” bag and will be eligible for fabulous door prizes. Each finisher will receive an unique Chase Race medal.
Race results will be posted on Mac’s Race Timing, AR RRCA, Arkansas Runner and www.chaserace. info.
REFRESHMENTS: Various drinks, donuts, pizza, hot dogs, and other refreshments will be available for participants and family on race day.
P a c k e t p i c k – u p: Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle, Conway, 501-328-9255, Friday, March 8th, 12 Noon– 6:00 pm. On race day, packets will be available at Simon Park from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
Directions to the Race: Take I-40 to Exit 127, west on Hwy 64 (Oak St) approx. 1mile to Front St., left (south) on Front, Simon Park is on right. Parking is available at various lots 1-2 blocks away.
AWARDS: The awards ceremony will be at Simon Park Pavilion following the races. A total of 239 awards will be presented during the event! Please be patient and courteous to all award recipients. With this many awards, some will be getting personal recognition for the first time and all takes time. If you need to leave early, please have someone pick up your award or it will be available at Sporty Runner the following week. No awards will be available prior to the official awards ceremony. Thanks in advance for being patient and understanding.
C H A S E RACE 2-MILE ( 204 Aw a r d s )
1st three male/female finishers:
Masters (40+ age group)
Grand Masters (50+ age group)
Senior Masters (60+ age group)
Male & Female 1st five finishers in each of the following age groups: 6 & Under, 7-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 & 80 & Over.
Male & Female 1st three finishers in each of the following age groups:
No duplication of awards.
Walkers are encouraged to participate in the 2- Mile Race
Awards to 1st Five Male/Female finishers. Awarded at finish line. Please remember, one foot must be touching the pavement at all times.
Paws Race 1-Mile ( 30 Awards): First 15 male/ female finishers.
Awarded at finish line.
Pets Best Costume Contest ( 3 Awards ): Top 5 as determined by the Judges!! Pets must participate in the 1 Mile race to be eligible for an award. Winners will be chosen during the race.