If you’re a runner or a bicyclist, you need to come to Eureka Springs for some great events. We’ll post in a future blog about cycling, but we do have some running events coming soon and we wanted to make sure you knew about them!
Yep, we have the Santa’s on Spring Fun Run. But that’s not until December…if you head on down here this month, we have the Freakin Eurekan 15K Trail Race, on February 11th (that’s a really busy weekend around here!). Eureka Springs’s first footrace of the year dashes along the challenging course at Lake Leatherwood, starting at 10 a.m. The race takes place in any weather, along the same course every year, unless the trail is snow-covered, which happened in 2011. In most years, the weather is good, with temperatures in the mid-40s. Roughly 100 runners participate in the 15K race each year, mainly from Arkansas. The proceeds from the 2012 race will benefit the University of Arkansas Cycling Club.
On March 10th, the 30th Annual Victorian Classic Road Race takes place. A 10K run, a 2 mile run and a 2 mile fun walk all take place in the beautiful downtown historic district (they go right in front of our B&B!) Proceeds benefit ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Organization) and Carroll County Food Banks.
In beautiful May, there is a run with a twist, the 3rd Annual Run Eureka, benefiting Clear Spring School. A scavenger hunt fun run for the whole family, runners/walkers explore Eureka Springs while solving clues and completing challenges from point to point to win prizes. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes and be prepared for zany fun!
XTERRA Eureka Springs is on June 9, starting at 7 a.m., and features an off-road Triathlon and 5 mile trail run. With over 60 races on the XTERRA America Tour in 2011, XTERRA Eureka Springs was ranked FIRST overall by racers who participated in a post-race survey. XTERRA Eureka Springs offers a beautiful venue, challenging course and a production crew that pulls out all the stops.
August 12-14 brings the Eurekan Multi-Sport Event, which in its 2nd year has been a very popular swimming-biking-foot race event. The three-day multi-sport festival consists of a sprint-distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, road bike tour rides and racing on Saturday morning and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take “The Eurekan” challenge. Any participant who enters the “The Eurekan” who can complete the triathlon, 100 mile ride and 10K run will be known as “The Eurekan”!
And last, but not least, is the Santa’s on Spring Fun Run, which takes place on December 1st. This is also the best Christmas weekend in town, with the Living Windows Contest, the Candlelight Tour of Homes, Christmas activities at the Crescent Hotel, and the John Two Hawkes Christmas Concert at the Auditorium. Definitely a wonderful time to visit our beautiful town!
But you don’t really need a specifc event to come run in the Ozarks. Check out these running maps to put together your own personal event. And when you’re done…come soak in one of our Jacuzzis!
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!