When you head due west out of Little Rock, things get pretty rugged, pretty fast. The first signs are the rock outcrops visible on Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. Once you get past Lake Maumelle and near the highway 10/highway 9 intersection at Williams Corner, you find yourself in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Camp Ouachita, near Lake Sylvia, is a popular staging area … [Read more...]

Here Kitty Kitty Kitty

What happens when a whole bunch of people who love to run trail get together for a morning of fun? Cats get smacked. No actual cats were harmed in the running of the annual Catsmacker 22-ish mile (I think I overheard a Garmin discussion that had it at 24.4 miles) fun run or the optional 12 mile Kitty Run, but a few human knees and shins may have been. Lovely Lake Winona and the surrounding … [Read more...]

The 2012 Catsmacker

(NEW CONTRIBUTOR! Jen Freilino gave us her race report from the Catsmacker this year. Thanks Jen!)  The Catsmacker is a 23 mile fun-run on 4-wheeler trails, forest-service roads, and a small portion of the Ouachita Trail. The course is essentially a giant loop that begins and ends at Lake Winona, but runners have the option to do a 12 mile “Kitty run” if they don’t feel up to the full … [Read more...]

The 2012 Slobberknocker or…

...the beatings continued until morale improved. On my quest  to try almost all things cycling related this year, I entered an Arkansas Marathon Series Mountain Bike Race, The Slobberknocker. The series is made up of four major races, already in the books are the Spa City 6-Hour and the Ouachita Challenge. Several years ago I did race in the Ouachita Challenge but it wasn't part of a series back … [Read more...]