The Back 40 Run will be held on the second weekend in November. Come experience some of the best trail systems in northwest Arkansas. The Back 40 and Little Sugar. The Back 40 opened in 2016 and is nationally known. Little Sugar fully opened in 2021 and has quickly gained popularity. Located in Bella Vista, Arkansas the trails feature over 80 miles of pure Arkansas singletrack. Dirt, rocks, roots, ravines, bridges, waterfalls – we have it all. This two-day event, brought to you by the organizers of the award-winning War Eagle Trail Races and the City of Bella Vista, brings folks together to race through the woods. Push some limits, and have a blast doing it while providing funds to maintain and improve the trail system.
Here in Bella Vista, we have deep woods, generous climbs, and stunning views. We took advantage of this topography when Mayor Peter Christie said to build some trails! These trails meander through the woods, splash through streams, hug bluff lines, and cross specially built breathtaking bridges. You’re going to want to stop for a selfie. And then, when you finish, take one with Mayor Christie, who waits at the finish!
For Day 1 choose from three distances – 13, 24, or 40 miles. The 13-mile course is the same as years past. The 24 and 40 courses are new and improved. For Day 2 the options are 12 miles and 50k. There is a friendly, non-competitive 5k distance on both days, for those who want a little taste of trail running.
Participants will get a shirt with the phenomenal race logo, designed by local artist and runner Ryan Holler. Finisher’s awards will be given to all participants. Those brave enough to double up and participate in competitive races on both days will receive a bonus award. Overall top finishers (male and female) will receive podium awards as well.