Outside Happenings (Week of Feb 20, 2012)

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It seems like it’s been a busier than normal winter for outside fun this year. The warm temperatures seem to be helping but it’s also the slate of great events going on. Here is a recap followed by news on some upcoming events.

  • The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Workshop at Devil’s Den State Park was a huge success. Good attendance and about 700 feet of new, multi-use trail completed.
  • White Rock 50K (run) and 50 mile (mountain bike) races were also well attended and the weather seemed to hold off for all the racers.
  • A “Tweed-Ride” happened in Little Rock/North Little Rock. If you don’t know about it you really should check this out.
  • The Second Annual Arkansas Trail Run Series started off with the Cadron Trail Run this past weekend. Again, the rain forecast never materialized and it turned into a really good time for all who competed.

On to new business.

  • This coming weekend is the first road race of the year the Cross Winds Classic Road Bike Race. Just east of North Little Rock, riders will be racing on multiple laps of a 13 mile loop course. No hills but the wind out there can be a real bugger.
  • Registration for the Slobberknocker Mountain Bike Race opened today. This is the third race of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Marathon Series and takes place on the forest roads near Lake Sylvia in the eastern Ouachita Mountains.
  • Runners have plenty to keep them busy with 5K runs in Conway, Benton, Hot Springs and West Fork.
  • I’d tell you more about the Little Rock Marathon coming up in a couple of weeks but it’s sold out so if you aren’t already registered, make plans to show up and cheer the runners on.
  • Another Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Workshop is coming up this weekend at White Oak Lake State Park. This is a great deal (FREE) and you can really learn a lot about building and maintaining trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
  • Speaking of trail building, we leave you with a short video of a new section of trail on the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The intersection where the Hard and Harder sign was is gone. Now you ride up the ridge line, a pretty easy climb and watch for the trail just to your left as you crest the top. riding down it will take you through a nice little rollercoaster over three bridges and then meets up with the trail heading back up to the main trailhead near the visitor center. Enjoy
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