The Buffalo Headwater Challenge presented by Adventure Subaru is a three-day, all-inclusive, “off the grid” mountain bike festival. It includes 5 meals, libations, tent and RV camping, live music, and amazing riding, highlighted by the annual “Challenge” ride on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. The “Challenge” ride consists of a 40ish mile semi-supported backcountry mountain bike experience with a few marked bailouts along the way. It’s a ride, not a race… just finishing is winning. During your ride, you will possibly encounter DJs in the woods and of course the infamous grilled cheese and soup at the iconic fire tower. In addition on Sunday, you will have the choice of joining the gravel group ride to the Buffalo Outdoor Center or using your wristband at The Buffalo Outdoor Center will get you free shuttles for the DH runs all day.
-Tickets are $55 for members and $90 for non-members. You can become a member here:https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/oorc
-A limited number of RV spots are available for an additional $25.00. (no hookups)
-Tickets will be limited in quantity.
-For 5 meals, 2 live bands, free beverages, a killer route, amazing humans, and a special swag bag you aren’t going to find a better deal!
-18″x24″ event posters are $30. They are amazing and make great gifts!
-Event T-shirts are available for $30
Live Music from Justin Larkin and Chucky Waggs.
Dinners are provided by Phat Tire Bike Shop and Delta Biscuit Co.
Beverages by Trailside Coffee Co, Fossil Cove Brewery, and Bike Rack Brewing.
We have a new start/finish area, Shores Lake Recreation Area at the Pavilion.
See the maps for the new courses, 50K & 25K.
Need to Know:
How to get to Shores Lake. Map apps will get you there.
From I-40 Exit-24, take Hwy 215 North for 12 miles. Then take slight left onto county road 75 and go 1 mile to Shores Lake. $3.00 parking for each vehicle.
Camping is available, located about 1/4-1/2 mile north of pavilion area.
-No Fees, No Frills, No WIMPS!
-Don’t Be a Dumbass!
Read the Race INFO!
The run begins at the Shores Lake Pavilion at 9:00am.
The 50K is part of the AURA Ultra Trail Series, the 25K is part of the AURA Ultra Trail Series Lite
There is no entry fee, we appreciate a small donation to help cover costs.
Refreshments will be at the Shores Lake Pavilion starting at about 1:00PM
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 until the aid station volunteers get set up, you will not be eligible for awards).
50K: 31 miles, 5,714 elevation gain
25K: 16 miles, 2,924 elevation gain
The course is on well maintained forest roads with some trail sprinkled in for good fun.
25K will run the Rim Trail (2ish miles). 50K will run the Rim Trail (2ish miles) and a short out and back on the Ozark Highland Trail for another 2ish miles.
Aid stations are approximately 5 miles apart
Important Note About Course: Avoid the recreation area, campground area, parking area, at the top of White Rock Mountain, this is not part of the course! This is important as we could lose access to this course. We will enjoy the amazing view at the Sunset Point while running the Rim Trail
We can no longer have alternative starts as in running to the top, riding bike back, starting at the top and running to the start/finish area. We have to start at the starting line and finish by crossing the finish line for both distances.
50K Course Map
The circular part of the 50K course is run counter-clock-wise
50K: Start at Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area. Turn north on Co RD 75 to Co RD 76 (4.25mi), Turn right on Co Rd 76 follow for (3.67mi) to Co Rd 77, Turn Left onto Co Rd 77 follow for (4.66 mi) continue left onto Co Rd 78 follow for (0.50mi) turn left on Co Rd 79 follow for (2.50mi) Turn Left onto White Rock Mountain Rd, follow for (4.06mi) to Bowels Gap Rd follow for (0.10mi) turn left onto White Rock Rim Trail, follow staying on trail for (2.1mi) this is around the mountain back to Bowels Gap Rd, Turn left onto Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.70mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76 follow for (184ft), Turn Left onto Ozark Highland Trail. Follow OHT for (1.25mi), turn around and follow OHT back to Co Rd 76. Turn Left onto Co Rd 76 and follow for (3.59mi) to Co Rd 75, Turn right and follow Co Rd 75 for 4.25mi) back to Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area.
25K Course Map
Start at Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area. Turn north on Co RD 75 to Co RD 76 (4.25mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76, follow for (2.15mi) to Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.65mi) turn left onto White Rock Rim Trail, follow staying on trail for (2.1mi) this is around the mountain back to Bowels Gap Rd, Turn left onto Bowels Gap Rd, follow for (0.70mi), Turn left onto Co Rd 76 follow for (2.15 mi) to Co Rd 75, Turn right and follow Co Rd 75 for 4.25mi) back to Shores Lake Pavilion Start/Finish area.
This 50K is very challenging and not recommended for those who have not at least completed the marathon distance. This course is guaranteed to help work off those Christmas Holiday pounds before the Valentine’s Candy arrives
Parking will be at Shores Lake, volunteers will direct parking
The recreation area charges $3.00 per vehicle to park and for day use
A volunteer will collect the parking fee
We have restrooms at the start/finish! Shores lake has restrooms at the pavilion and the campground. Out on the course leave no trace. This has been a problem in the past and we may lose our permit if we aren’t stewards of the forest. â€“ LEAVE NO TRACE!!
Female Chrissy Ferguson, 4:44:25 (1999)
Male: Jeremy Provence, 3:46:20 (2018)
Brannon Cemetery start/finish course:
Female: Katie Helms, 5:14 (2012)
Male: Cole Crosby, 3: 53:55 (2012)
We reserve the right to cancel the race due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. Both the condition of the roads and the weather will be considered. In other words, if the weather is bad, don’t go! Remember this is for fun, fellowship, and recreation. This run has been cancelled in the past due to bad weather.
Brought to you by Arkansas Ultra Running Association and Race Directors PoDog Vogler and Lisa Gunnoe
Alcohol is not allowed on national forest land
We are excited to announce Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is hosting the 4th Annual Cupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run, held on Saturday, February 11th, 2023.
The race starts at 8am. Dupree Park’s USATF Certified Course (3.1 miles) will take participants through the City of Jacksonville! This is a chip-timed race!
Registration will remain open until February 9, 2023. Pre-registration is $25 or $35 Day-of-Registration. Runners 12 and under are $15 Pre and $25 Day Of.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal. Awards will be given to 1st place male & female in multiple age groups.
Allison is located along the White River at the junctions of Highways 5, 9, & 14. It is 5.9 miles north of Mountain View. Click Here for a map.
Racers can check-in Friday, February 17, 2023, from 4 pm – 10 pm. Check-in will be held on the front porch of Anglers Restuarant in Allison, AR. Also, race packets will be available for pickup starting at 6 am on Saturday, February 18th at the same location. Both races will start from Anglers parking lot. The 50k will begin at 7 am and the 25k at 8 am.
50k – Out and back course on 14.5 miles of trail and 1 mile of pavement. Two water crossings at approximately 2 miles and 30 miles.
25k – Out and back course 7.25 miles of trail and 1 mile of pavement. Two water crossings at approximately 2 miles and 14.5 miles.
Overall male and female. Finishers awards.
No refunds means no refunds, no inclement weather policy means there is no inclement weather policy. Regardless of weather or course changes, the 2023 Sylamore 50k will start at 7 am and the 25k will start at 8 am. Again, no refunds, and no inclement weather policy. No exceptions.
In February, Arkansas weather can be freezing or in the 70s. Be prepared for any weather conditions and dress accordingly.
This course is a well-traveled hiking trail & is marked with blue rectangular blazes. We will not place additional markings on the trail. However, we will use tape to mark aid stations and use flour to mark areas where the trail enters and leaves roads.
You will need to carry a water bottle. Aid stations will be approximately five miles apart. Water, Gatorade, soda and food items will be provided. NO DROP BAGS.
9 hours. This is strictly enforced. The finish line closes at 4:00 P.M.
David Riddle 3:31:44 2011