2013 Mississippi River Marathon

The inaugural Mississippi River Marathon took place on Saturday, February 09.  You were directed to the downtown area of Greenville (near the finish line) around 6:00 to board one of the buses to take you to the start line. Full marathon runners were taken to Lake Chicot State Park, while the half marathoners were dropped off on the Arkansas side of the bridge on Hwy 82 that crosses the mighty … [Read more...]

The Winter Solstice Ride

The winter solstice happened in Little rock at approximately 11:30 pm on December 21st. I wasn't going to stay up that late to greet it, so I decided to set up a ride for 5:30 pm on December 22nd. If you lived in a magical place called Greenwich you would have greeted the solstice at 5:30 pm on December 22nd. So I mixed things up a bit and set up a ride. Karma would mess with me for the timing … [Read more...]

2011 Jingle Bell Run (Little Rock)

I'm not sure but I may have just witnessed the first race to utilize the Clinton Library Bridge, The 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation. The weather was beautiful, the crowd was festive and it looked like everyone was having a great time. The run took competitors, and non-competitors from the Clinton Library over the Broadway Bridge and then to the Clinton Library Bridge and … [Read more...]

Full Moon Walk…Less the Moon

More info on the 2013 event. Yep! A walk in the moonlight...well, not really the moonlight as we had no moon tonight. Sometimes the moon doesn't cooperate with the needs of us common folk. But the show went on anyway. At 6 p.m. or so, a lot of people took to the Big Dam Bridge to walk to the other side and back. Groups started in North Little Rock and in Little Rock. Walkers were given a … [Read more...]

Raid The Rock 2011

UPDATE: Results are in for 2011 Raid the Rock. You can also get splits here. And if you're wondering where some of these teams came from check out this. By 2000 I'd done a couple of adventure races which at that time made me, in the minds of some, an old hand at it. I had orienteering skills, a hydration pack and a mountain bike. A new adventure race was coming down the pike and a friend … [Read more...]

Bikes, Bridges and Beer (and Baseball?)

The Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock and North Little Rock is a transportation corridor. That's right, it allows access by bike or foot to all kinds of great venues not just during the day but also at night. For instance, Saturday night, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock played host to the 9th Annual Little RocktoberFest. This annual gathering of home brew aficionados, local brew … [Read more...]

Bicycle Boy

Last weekend I got my first chance to ride over the new Clinton Library Park Bridge. It was a wonderful ride. On the North Little Rock side I came across a bronze statue of a boy on a bicycle. It was an interesting thing to see, obviously not permanently in place but fitting as a welcome from the North Little Rock area to the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge. I took a photo of it, my wife Lisa and … [Read more...]

First Ride – Clinton Presidential Library Bridge

Yesterday was the big dedication day for the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge or what used to be known as the Rock Island Bridge until a little over 10 million dollars was poured into it. I think this will be money well spent. After all the speeches and ceremony, they opened it up to cyclists and pedestrians. I like that they let the cyclists go first on these things since the cycling groups have … [Read more...]

Get Over It!

What a day for a ride! The sixth installment of the Big Dam Bridge 100 seems to have gone off with few problems. My wife and I opted for the 68 mile version having done the 100 a couple of years ago and knowing that we hadn't trained properly for that. If you'd like to read about some of the 100 (104) ride head on over to JBarCycling Blog for John Barton's take on that portion. The rides were the … [Read more...]

The Surprise Trail

I try to stay pretty well connected with the outdoor community in Arkansas, particularly central Arkansas, my backyard. But this caught me totally by surprise. I noticed last night that Arkansas Cycling and Fitness had posted on their Facebook page that a new multi-use trail had opened just off River Mountain Road near the Two River Bridge, mountain bikers started to get excited. … [Read more...]