It’s Spring in Northwest Arkansas! Actually, we’re pretty sure it has unofficially been Spring since shortly after Christmas. While some of us may have invested in fleece-lined everything and kept running and riding all winter, the rest of us are just getting our running shoes dusted off and bikes tuned up. There are scores of events of all kinds happening every weekend in the area, so we’ve put together a list of running and cycling events this spring that we think you’ll want to put on your calendar.

CYCLING EVENTS

Joe Martin Stage Race
http://www.joemartinstagerace.com

Date: March 30 – April 2, 2017
One of twenty-two Professional Cycling Stage Races in the country, The Joe Martin Stage Race is an internationally sanctioned cycling event and draws teams competing from around the world. They offer an amateur category for riders wanting to compete in the stage race. Details of the daily start times, registration, and routes are located on the race website.

Joe Martin Gran Fondo Race
http://joemartingranfondo.com

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Gran Fondo is a one-day race that allows you to “become a pro for a day”. The Joe Martin Gran Fondo consists of three courses. Both the 114 and 45-mile courses are the same as the Pro Men and Women and the 30-mile course is held on a portion of the pro’s Saturday route. All location and registration information is available on the race website.

Square to Square Bicycle Ride Sponsored by FNBNWA
http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/1931/Square-to-Square-Bicycle-Ride
Date: May 13, 2017
Ride Start: 8:00 – 10:30am (choose time when registering)
Finish Line Festivities: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Start Location: Historic downtown Fayetteville Square
The Spring ride starts in Fayetteville and finishes in Bentonville. The total ride distance one-way is thirty miles, but riders can start anywhere along the course, making it fun for all ages and riding skill levels. Along the course, riders are invited to take a break at any of three stops specifically chosen and featuring entertainment, bike maintenance services, and basic ride refreshments. For more information, visit the ride website.

Returning Home Ride
http://crduffy.wixsite.com/returninghomeride

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ride Start: 7:30am (Returning Home Ride) & 8:00am (Family Fun Ride)
Start Location: Shiloh Square Pavilion, 106 East Emma Avenue, Springdale

This ride offers four different routes:
6 miles (Family Fun Ride) – North on Razorback Greenway, circle Lake Springdale, and end at Shiloh Square.
11 miles – South on Razorback Greenway, circle Lake Fayetteville, and end at Shiloh Square.
28 miles – South on Razorback Greenway, to Walker Park, and end at Shiloh Square.
50 miles – East through Sonora and Goshen, swing by Lake Sequoyah and end at Shiloh Square. This route includes one Category 4 climb. The 50-mile road route includes a rest station at mile 23 and both it and the 28-mile route will have access to a rest station at Walker Park in Fayetteville. Road route will have SAG support from Lewis and Clark Outfitters. A hot dog lunch will be provided to participants beginning at 11:00am at the start location.

RUNNING EVENTS

Bentonville Half Marathon
http://www.runbentonville.com

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Start Time: 7:00am
Location: Bentonville Square
The Half Marathon is part of a six-race series of runs held throughout the year in Bentonville. All info on registration, routes, and the charities proceeds benefit can be found on their website.

Down and Dirty 5k & 1-Mile
http://downanddirty5k.blogspot.com

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Start Time: 8:30am (5k) and 9:30am (fun run)
Location: UA Agri Park in Fayetteville
You don’t need to be a runner to participate! You can walk the 5K or run for fun to show your support, but medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each age group. The race benefits the University of Arkansas’s Full Circle Food Pantry Hosted by the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science and food donations for the food pantry will be accepted on race day.

Hogeye Marathon
http://www.hogeyemarathon.com
Events: Marathon, half-marathon, 5k
Date:
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Location: Fayetteville Square and Wilson Park
The Hogeye is the grand-daddy of running events in Northwest Arkansas, celebrating its 40th 
anniversary this year. In the beginning, participants ran to the small town of Hogeye (hence the name) and returned to the start point at the University of Arkansas. Today, the event consists of three different routes – the marathon, half-marathon, and a 5k, and they all stay within the confines of the Fayetteville city limits.

Cherishing Children Glow Run
http://cacbentonco.com/news-events/glow-run.html
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Start Time: 5:00pm (packet pick up) 6:15pm (activities)
Location: Frisco Stage in downtown Rogers
This is the 17th 
year for this event, which benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County. Family-friendly nighttime events include a 1-Mile Fun Walk, a 400-Yard Super Hero Dash, and a chip-timed 5K Glow Run. Participants are encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark attire and light-up accessories!

Komen Ozark Race for the Cure
http://komenozark.org

Events: 10k, 5k, Paws for the Cure, non-timed 5k
Date:
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Start Time: 7:30am (Competitive 10K Start), 8:00am (Competitive 5K Start/ Paws for the Cure), 8:30am (5K Non-timed Race Start)
Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade
Annual event attracting thousands of runners and walkers. There are several events to choose from, including a “Sleep in” option, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research, education and patient support through the Susan G. Komen organization.

Gold Rush 5k
http://www.goldrush5k.com

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2017
Start Time: 6:00pm (fun run), 6:30pm (5k)
Location: Bentonville Square
This event benefits the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation.

Heather Ridley Fleeman Battle for HOPE
http://heathersraceforhope.com/index.html

Events: 10k, 5k and 1-mile Family Fun Run
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Start Time: 7:30am

Location: Old Tiger Stadium in Bentonville
Held the first Saturday in May each year, this event began in 2005 in honor of a local woman’s battle with colon cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit Hope Cancer Resources, a local cancer support nonprofit serving patients and their families.

Moving Together: Run-Walk-Roll
http://www.supports.org/events/moving-together

Events: 5k, 10k & 1-Mile

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Start Time: 8:00am
Location: Veterans Memorial Park in Fayetteville
2017 is the 5th
 year for the Arkansas Support Network to present this event. It features a chip-timed 5k paved run, chip-timed 10k trail run, and a 1-mile fun walk-roll-run at Veterans Memorial Park in Fayetteville, AR at 4451 N. Vantage Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Hydration Celebration 5K, 1-Mile & Half-Mile
http://kendrickfincher.org/calendar-of-events/youth-run

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Start Time: 7:30am (5k run/walk), 8:30am (Toddler Trot), 9:00am (Youth Run)
Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers
With events for adults and young people, this event invites runners as young as 2-years old to run and walk to benefit the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation, educating people about the importance of proper hydration and heat-related illnesses.

War Eagle Trail Run
https://www.facebook.com/wareagle.trailrun

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Start Time: 7:00am
Location: Hobbs State Park
This run grows in popularity every year, bringing runners from around the country. In 2016, it reached capacity, so register early! The trails in Hobbs State Park and Recreation Area are some of the most beautiful in Northwest Arkansas and provide a challenge for anyone who enjoys trail running. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Hobbs State Park and Rogers Lions Club.

COMBO EVENTS

Iron Pig Duathlon
http://www.ironpigduathlon.com/eventinfo.htm

Events: Duathlon, 17 Mile Cycling Time Trail, Iron Pig 5K Run, and 1-mile Fun Run
Date:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am
Location: Fayetteville Executive Airport, Drake Field, 4500 S School Avenue
Participate in one of the individual events, or compete in the duathlon and test your cycling and running skills together. This course is geared to people looking for a challenge but is not too hilly for an early season test. A good first-time event for an individual or team or a great way to kick-off the race season for the seasoned athlete.

Ozark Valley Triathalon
http://www.ozarkvalleytriathlon.com

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Start Time: 8:00am
Location: Lake Wedington, west of Fayetteville
Licensed Triathaloners are invited to participate in this sanctioned event, and it’s a great one to watch even if you’re not involved in the competition.

Race events include:
International – 1,000-yard swim, 19-mile bike ride, 4-mile run (individuals and teams)
Sprint – 400-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride, 2-mile run (individuals only)
Aquabike – swim and bike only.  1,000-yard swim and 19-mile bike ride  (individuals only)

So, however you prefer to get out and about in Northwest Arkansas – for the whole day or just a few hours, on a bike or on your feet, fast or slow – there is probably an option for you here. We love being a part of the fabric of our active home community! See you out there!