Tonight I’ll pack my bag. I’ll pack my trail running shoes and my favorite shorts; I’ll pack wicking socks and a band for my sure to be sweaty forehead; I’ll pack Honey Stinger chews and make sure I have Skratch for my water bottle. I’ll also be packing something to wear that’s a little nicer and doesn’t smell like stale sweat, because part of the adventure is the wandering.
I’ve opined before about the pleasure of microadventuring, especially when I get to combine it with fun stuff like bike races or trail runs or marathons. This weekend the adventure come along with the War Eagle Tail Twister 50k/25k/10k at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area. Last year, the Tail Twister race day was plagued with strong storms the night before and into the morning of, delaying the start and causing me to give in to that devil on my shoulder that decided it wasn’t worth the chafing to finish the 50K I planned to do. This year the forecast is only slightly better, it looks like we’ll have rain once again. But I’m still looking forward to 25K with or at least in the vicinity of my regular running buddies because the girls are adventuring together this weekend. I can’t wait to finish the run and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying some of the joys of the Rogers/Bentonville area.
We’ll be staying in Rogers where the hotel choices are plentiful with a variety of pricing and amenities to satisfy any traveler. Easily within walking distance of the restaurants, shopping and entertainment of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade, the girls won’t be left wanting for something to do after we arrive. Our first stop will be Rush Running Company, local running store and sponsors of the race where we will pick up our race packets. Then we’ll be off to feed our appetites at one of the many restaurants in the area. But the real fun begins in the wee dark hours as we make our way to the War Eagle Mill to be transported to the starting line of the race on the trails at Hobbs. I’ve enjoyed the trails on foot and on bike enough to say that the trail system in the park is worth the trip.
After the run we hope to take advantage of a local event, the 14th Annual NWA International Festival. With a variety of ethnic food offerings and food trucks, cultural displays and even fashion, this celebration of the diversity of Northwest Arkansas will provide a chance to share the Historic Downtown Square with my friends while learning about the people who make up the community.
I’m also looking forward to sharing my love of the Ozark Beer Company. We’ll be picking up our Fayetteville Ale Trail Passports, hopefully enjoying a couple of pints, and beginning our journey to try out all seven breweries on the list. Probably not in one trip, but eventually.
Of our happy little running crew, I’m the only one who has had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges . Perhaps Sunday will allow us to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Iron Horse Coffee Company before heading to Bentonville to witness the beauty of the outdoor spaces and indoor art at the museum before taking to the road again for the drive home to Little Rock. It promises to be a jam packed weekend of fun with the girls and their stinky trail running shoes.