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2024 Ragnar Trail Arkansas

04/19/2024
Every Day until 04/20/2024

The venue, Centennial Park, is located just 10 minutes from the heart of vibrant and charming downtown Fayetteville. 
Teams of 8 (or 4) will set out to conquer three incredibly unique, clean single-track trails. You’ll run up and around the rollercoaster of world class mountain biking trails at Centennial Park.

Runners will also flow through the lush forest of Kessler Mountain, surrounded by granite slabs, vibrant moss, and breathtaking views of the Ozarks. 
When you’re not out there cruising through the course, you’ll kick it with your team as you camp under billions of stars at Ragnar Village.

Rest your legs next to the campfire, chow down on s’mores, and relax with your team. Come early for a bonus day of camping, campfires, and fun!

Check out the link to find out more!!

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2024 Ragnar Trail Arkansas

04/20/2024
Every Day until 04/20/2024

The venue, Centennial Park, is located just 10 minutes from the heart of vibrant and charming downtown Fayetteville. 
Teams of 8 (or 4) will set out to conquer three incredibly unique, clean single-track trails. You’ll run up and around the rollercoaster of world class mountain biking trails at Centennial Park.

Runners will also flow through the lush forest of Kessler Mountain, surrounded by granite slabs, vibrant moss, and breathtaking views of the Ozarks. 
When you’re not out there cruising through the course, you’ll kick it with your team as you camp under billions of stars at Ragnar Village.

Rest your legs next to the campfire, chow down on s’mores, and relax with your team. Come early for a bonus day of camping, campfires, and fun!

Check out the link to find out more!!

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Arkansas Senior Olympics Track & Field Meet

04/27/2024 8:00 am
This event does not repeat

FAYETTEVILLE, AR at the University of Arkansas – John McDonnell Outdoor Track

“It's NEVER too late to become BETTER. ” - You

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Ladies Du Fayetteville

06/08/2024 7:00 am
This event does not repeat

This seventh annual event will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 7:00am at the Lake Fayetteville Marina. The atmosphere of the Ladies Du Fayetteville is a unique multi-sport race experience for women athletes. We welcome women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming athletes to participate in the Du. We look forward to planning this one-of-a-kind duathlon.

The duathlon will follow a traditional run/bike/run format with the distances being 2 miles/11 miles/2 miles. The race will take place at Lake Fayetteville utilizing the paved trails around and near the lake. Participants can race as individuals or as a relay team of two or three.

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Ozark Valley Triathlon

06/29/2024
Every Day until 06/29/2024

The Ozark Valley Triathlon (OVT), Fayetteville’s oldest triathlon event, returns with a bang for 2024! The two-day event, planned for the weekend of June 29-30, 2024, marks the third consecutive year for Fayetteville to host a full slate of USA Triathlon (USAT) National Championship events.

It’s only fitting that a gravel and mountain-biking haven like Fayetteville, Arkansas would be asked to host this national, championship-level gravel biking event yet again. As the most bike-friendly city in Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is a natural fit for mountain bikers and gravel fiends looking for new adventure as the sport continues to explode in popularity!

OVT Off-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Duathlon, Gravel Triathlon and Gravel Duathlon to be held on the same weekend as the oldest road triathlon in NW Arkansas. UPDATE - Gravel and Mtn Bike events both to be held on Saturday, June 29 at the same time.

Saturday, June 29 - OVT Gravel Triathlon, Gravel Duathlon, Mtn Bike Triathlon and Mtn Bike Duathlon events. Both off-road triathlons will have a 1,000 yard swim. Gravel bike course is 18 miles, mtn bike course is 12 miles and the triathlon run course is an epic 5 miles. Both the gravel and mtn bike duathlon run courses will consist of a 3 mile Run #1 and 5 mile Run #2 courses.

Sunday, June 30 - Ozark Valley Triathlon (road events) is hosting the 2024 Arkansas State Championships in the international and sprint distances as well as the Arkansas High School State Championship. There is a combined Club Championship competition as well. These are both road triathlon races and there will be a Aquabike, duathlon and team category (International distance only) in the Ozark Valley Triathlon.

OVT road events:

Sprint Triathlon - 400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run (2024 USA Triathlon Arkansas State Championship and High School State Championship)
International Triathlon (individual or teams) - 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike and a 4 mile run (2024 USA Triathlon Arkansas State Championship)
Aquabike - 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike
Sprint Duathlon - 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run

All events will be held at Lake Wedington Recreation Area.

Lake Wedington is located 13 miles west of Fayetteville and is one of the most natural settings for a triathlon in the region. Both spectators and participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the area and combined with unique finisher medals, post-race food, awards and prizes all make this race one not want to miss.

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Ozark Valley Triathlon

06/30/2024
Every Day until 06/29/2024

The Ozark Valley Triathlon (OVT), Fayetteville’s oldest triathlon event, returns with a bang for 2024! The two-day event, planned for the weekend of June 29-30, 2024, marks the third consecutive year for Fayetteville to host a full slate of USA Triathlon (USAT) National Championship events.

It’s only fitting that a gravel and mountain-biking haven like Fayetteville, Arkansas would be asked to host this national, championship-level gravel biking event yet again. As the most bike-friendly city in Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is a natural fit for mountain bikers and gravel fiends looking for new adventure as the sport continues to explode in popularity!

OVT Off-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Duathlon, Gravel Triathlon and Gravel Duathlon to be held on the same weekend as the oldest road triathlon in NW Arkansas. UPDATE - Gravel and Mtn Bike events both to be held on Saturday, June 29 at the same time.

Saturday, June 29 - OVT Gravel Triathlon, Gravel Duathlon, Mtn Bike Triathlon and Mtn Bike Duathlon events. Both off-road triathlons will have a 1,000 yard swim. Gravel bike course is 18 miles, mtn bike course is 12 miles and the triathlon run course is an epic 5 miles. Both the gravel and mtn bike duathlon run courses will consist of a 3 mile Run #1 and 5 mile Run #2 courses.

Sunday, June 30 - Ozark Valley Triathlon (road events) is hosting the 2024 Arkansas State Championships in the international and sprint distances as well as the Arkansas High School State Championship. There is a combined Club Championship competition as well. These are both road triathlon races and there will be a Aquabike, duathlon and team category (International distance only) in the Ozark Valley Triathlon.

OVT road events:

Sprint Triathlon - 400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run (2024 USA Triathlon Arkansas State Championship and High School State Championship)
International Triathlon (individual or teams) - 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike and a 4 mile run (2024 USA Triathlon Arkansas State Championship)
Aquabike - 1,000 yard swim, 19 mile bike
Sprint Duathlon - 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run

All events will be held at Lake Wedington Recreation Area.

Lake Wedington is located 13 miles west of Fayetteville and is one of the most natural settings for a triathlon in the region. Both spectators and participants can enjoy the natural beauty of the area and combined with unique finisher medals, post-race food, awards and prizes all make this race one not want to miss.

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The Dickson Street Mile

07/27/2024 7:00 am - 9:00 am
This event does not repeat

Race Course
The Dickson Street Mile will start and finish in front of George's Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street. The course will utilize Dickson Street, West Avenue, Spring Street, and East Avenue.

Introducing a brand-new running event to Fayetteville's downtown area, the DICKSON STREET MILE! Starting and finishing on Dickson Street, we hope this 1-mile race will soon become as iconic as its namesake. Several different race heats will provide a race option for everyone, speedsters, strollers, walkers, and even dogs! The race should feel like a parade, having engagement and excitement along the course for both participants and spectators.

Adults $30, Youth $15

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36th Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

09/27/2024
Every Day until 09/28/2024

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in America.

Typical Years, over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards. Additionally, 750 individuals participate in the Open Events including the Tom Lewis 1 Mile Pepper Dash on Friday Night and the Godpepper 10K on Saturday morning. The event is held at University of Arkansas’ incredible cross country course.

The course is a combination of grass, cinder and uneven terrain. SEC and NCAA Championships have been settled here - and Coach Bucknam describes it as the Superbowl of Cross Country!

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36th Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

09/28/2024
Every Day until 09/28/2024

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in America.

Typical Years, over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards. Additionally, 750 individuals participate in the Open Events including the Tom Lewis 1 Mile Pepper Dash on Friday Night and the Godpepper 10K on Saturday morning. The event is held at University of Arkansas’ incredible cross country course.

The course is a combination of grass, cinder and uneven terrain. SEC and NCAA Championships have been settled here - and Coach Bucknam describes it as the Superbowl of Cross Country!

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Beast of Burden 24 Hour Endurance Race

11/02/2024 12:00 pm - 11/03/2024 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Ozark Off-Road Cyclist and the Ozark Trail Runners unite to create the most epic 24 25 hour party you’ve ever experienced. Profits from this “race” will go to continued preservation and trail development on Mt. Kessler. Join us on November 2nd, Mt. Kessler – Fayetteville, Arkansas for a full day of partying in the dirt. Individuals or teams will take on the challenge to ride or run from 12pm on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday, thanks to daylight savings time, you get an extra hour for free!

The “Race” – 24 (+ 1 hour for free) hours of either mtb or trail running madness, or....BOTH! The team/solo individual with the most laps wins.

The Course - The course will be comprised of 2 separate loops, with participants rotating loops every 6 hours. Runners and riders will be on their own separate loops to minimize congestion. Each loop is roughly 4-6 miles long. One loop is easy, one loop will have you dreaming cozy warmth of the campfire.

The Teams* – Teams must have a team captain (primary contact). Teams are either fully bike or fully run, or dual sport and comprised of 2-4 participants on the Ultra team or 5-7 participants on the Endurance team (dual sport teams can have up to 8). You choose how much you want to work. Go for the win, or occasionally exert yourself and spend the rest of the time throwing back Fossil Cove’s tasty beverages. 1 person does 90% of the work or split it evenly. It’s up to you! Each team will receive one timing chip (triathlon style band) that can only be exchanged in the Campout Zone.

Note that run/ride teams will have 2 timing chips, one can only used for running and one only for riding. So, it is possible run/ride teams to have two participants on the course at one time, but only one of each discipline.

  • You can also choose to participate solo, but remember, no one asked you to do this.

The Party – Let’s be honest, the whole thing is the party, but since you asked. Dinner and breakfast provided. Trailside Coffee starting at when the bell tolls 12. Bumping tunes. Team Spirit competition. Fire pits burning through the night and more to come. Also, Rise Physical Therapy will keeping participants feeling fresh and limber, while Phat Tire will be keeping them bikes uh' rollin'.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://bob24hour.com.

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