Going Urban at Raid the Rock

The first Raid the Rock Adventure Race back in 2001 started with a bike ride up a parking deck in downtown Little Rock and ended with a rappel out of the tower at the old YMCA on Broadway. In between there was a hike up and over Pinnacle Mountain, a long mountain biking section that took us on only a little bit of dirt in Allsopp Park and on the west end of Walton Heights. It was a fairly urban … [Read more...]

Adventure Racing is Still Alive

Way back in the mid-nineteen nineties when I lived in another place and was between love affairs with the outdoors. I started watching this craziness on the Discovery Channel. They were broadcasting an event called the Eco-Challenge Adventure Race. Athletes would go to really beautiful, remote parts of the world and compete in canoeing, trail running, mountain biking, orienteering by map and … [Read more...]

What is Adventure Racing?

The video below does a great job of explaining Adventure Racing. It was made by a group promoting a series of adventure races in New England. Adventure racing has been in Arkansas since the 1990's. The first that I know of was the Ozark Challenge which I first competed in back in 1999. (Seems like a long time ago.) In October I reported on the 11th year of Raid The Rock Adventure Race. We have … [Read more...]

If you can’t decide…

...do it all. I really enjoy cycling, but I also enjoy swimming (the "sport" of my youth) and hiking and orienteering and paddling and sometimes even running. I also enjoy competition so how do I choose what kind of event to focus on? Well, luckily, I don't have to. Arkansas is a wonderful place to participate in multi-sport competitions. The obvious multi-sport event is the triathlon. Varying … [Read more...]

Arkansas Outdoor Activities for this Weekend Oct. 22-23

We have another great weekend coming up for outdoor events in Arkansas so let's get started with some big ones! Athletic & Competitive Events: Saturday October 29th - 11th Annual Raid The Rock Adventure Race - Little Rock, Arkansas (check with race organizers on starting place) XTERRA Epic Iron Mountain Off-Road Triathlon - Arkadelphia, Arkansas (Iron Mountain Resort at Lake … [Read more...]