Choice of 8 hour or 5 days races.
A professional, AR World Series, expedition adventure race course set in the stunning Ozark Mountains
A fully supported event – no support crews required. Bikes and equipment boxes will be moved by our logistics team to race transitions managed by race volunteers
A spacious and well-equipped race HQ in Bentonville (bag storage will be possible during the race)
Two nights’ accommodation prior to the race, and one or two nights at the finish (depending on finish time)
Airport transfers – Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas (XNA) is an 8 mile/5 km trip (Dallas Airport (5.5 hours) will be arranged if there is demand)
A post-race festival and awards ceremony with the community in Bentonville, including food, music and other festivities
Two sets of race maps per team (waterproof)
Any equipment required for activities and ‘surprise challenges’. (everything except pack rafts and gear boxes included)
Support from our race safety and medical team
Custom designed Expedition Ozark race bibs (yours to keep)
Race garments and swag (shirts, buffs, local products etc)
Live online tracking, professional photography, video and extensive media coverage for friends, family and sponsors to follow (photos will be freely available to teams after the race)
$20,000 in prize money
The winning team receives a free entry to the 2023 race
A fair and competitive event, adopting ARWS rules and refereeing standards
Come join us for the adventure of a lifetime! The Snowball Adventure Race is the first of its kind to be hosted in Searcy County, Arkansas. This adventure will start with a 6-mile run to the Margaret White area on the Buffalo National River, with only a few hills, all gravel, and great scenery. You will then jump in your boat for an 8.5-mile float down the beautiful Buffalo River to the Tyler Bend launch area. You will then pick up your bicycle at the Tyler Bend Pavilion and start the 11.5-mile gravel journey back to Snowball via the Ozark Grinder Trail. The bike portion has a few uphills, lots of gravel, and amazing views of the Buffalo River.
Don’t like to run? Paddle? Bike? Sign up as a team!
You will need your own bike and your own boat, either canoe or kayak, if you take a canoe, you may share with other participants. You will be responsible for delivering your bicycle to the Tyler Bend Pavilion on Race Day. We will assist with your boat shuttle. PFDs are required. Drop bags will also be available to reduce your load.
When you’ve completed your adventure, join us for a free meal in Snowball, and be sure to purchase your Rockin’ Richland tickets for the concert starting at 4 PM in Richland Valley. Tickets are required, food is available for purchase on-site and you need to bring a lawn chair. Kids under 12 are free.
Under 12? Check out our kid’s Adventure Race! Slightly smaller and tons of fun.
Snowball Adventure Race medals will be awarded to all participants that cross the finish line.
Participants must be 17 to participate.
The race course will be open from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM. After 3 PM you will be escorted back to Snowball.
In the event the Buffalo is not safe for floating, the floating leg will be removed, and the run and bike legs will be re-routed.
2023 – USAT National Championships for Off-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Duathlon, Gravel Triathlon and Gravel Duathlon to be held on the same three-day weekend as the oldest road triathlon in NW Arkansas.
Friday, June 2 will be the Gravel Triathlon & Gravel Duathlon National Championships. Saturday, June 3 will contest both the Off-Road Triathlon and Off-Road Duathlon National Championships of which both will be Team USA world qualifiers. Both triathlon events will involve Olympic-distance events consisting of approximately 1.5K swim, 30K bike and 10K runs. The Off-Road & Gravel Duathlon National Championship course will be a 5K run, 30K bike, 10K run.
On Sunday, June 4 the Ozark Valley Triathlon is hosting the 2023 Arkansas State Championships in the international, sprint distances as well as the Arkansas High School State Championship. These are both road triathlon races and there will be a Aquabike, duathlon and team categories in the Ozark Valley Triathlon.
All of these events will be held at Lake Wedington Recreation Area. Lake Wedington is located 13 miles west of Fayetteville and is one of the most natural settings for a triathlon in the region. Both spectators and participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the area and combined with unique finisher medals, post-race food, awards and prizes all make this race one that people do not want to miss.
Challenge Options (duathlon or triathlon):
Swim portion can be in a pool or other body of water. You can also substitute another activity of your choice – bike, walk, run, paddle, drink wine, etc. These activities can be complete anywhere, on a single day or over multiple days. Be as creative as you wish! Challenge yourself! Never thought you could do a triathlon? Here’s your chance! Your own way, your pace, your distance and course! We believe in you!
Entry Fees are priced with a ringspun cotton t-shirt. But, there is an option to choose no shirt and save $5 or upgrade to a fully sublimated technical fabric shirt for $15. Shirt size not guaranteed after May 22, 2023. If a shirt is ordered and the size is not available then a refund will be issued at packet pickup.
T-Shirt Options and Styles:
2023 Ozark Valley Triathlon Medal coming soon!
One of the original multisport festivals in Arkansas…the DeGray Lake Triathlon will feature three triathlon distances (olympic, sprint and super sprint), a duathlon (sprint), aquabike (olympic) and an open water swim (olympic). There will be a team category for the olympic triathlon.
DeGray Lake is a reservoir on the Caddo River in Arkansas. This beautiful lake and surrounding Ouachita mountains near Hot Springs and Little Rock is an Arkansas resort state park.
Olympic Triathlon: 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run. Individuals and teams.
Sprint Triathlon: 500 yard swim, 13.5 mile bike, 5K run. Individuals only
Super Sprint Triathlon: 225 yard swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run. Individuals only
Sprint Duathlon: Run 1: 2 miles, Bike: 13.5 miles Run 2: 3.1 miles
Aquabike (swim and bike only): 1,500 meter swim, 42 kilometer bike. Individuals only
Open Water Swim: 1,500 meter swim
Race Venue Information:
Entry Fees are priced with a ringspun cotton t-shirt , but a participant has the option to select no t-shirt and SAVE $5 or upgrade fabric to a full sublimated technical wicking fabric shirt for $15. Shirt size not guaranteed after Aug 24. If a shirt is ordered and the size is not available then a refund will be issued at packet pickup.
Race T-Shirt Fabric Options and Styles: