When it comes to outdoor activities, Arkansas stands as one of the premier playgrounds in the central US. Trails and routes that fed economic growth and migration criss-cross the State. From a historic trail aspect, the Trail of Tears is at the top of the list. Civil War battles, mail routes and trails that hid the escape of the criminal-kind mix with natural hot springs, hundreds of miles of epic mountain biking, thousands of acres of forest, gem stone mines and a unique combination of flat and white water to create a stunning backdrop for this stop on the HMAR Series.
Teams of two and four people, along with SOLO racers (must have RD approval prior to registration or the will not be a refund), will converge on Hot Springs, AR in mid-February. Nestled against the backdrop of the Ouachita National Forest this resort city is ideal for adventure racing. This race will cover approximately 300 miles during a 72-hour period. Disciplines will include: mountain biking (single track, gravel, pavement surfaces), trekking/hiking/running, paddling, orienteering/navigation and some region-specific activities.
The preferred (and vetted) route and schedule will place teams in the dark over three nights so plan your lighting with that in mind. Roughly 50% of the biking will take place on paved road. The remainder will be on gravel, dirt, trail and on your shoulders. 100% of the paddle sections will take place on water. The trekking/hiking or running (depends on how fit you are) will all be covered on your feet! Teams will receive some of the checkpoint UTMs prior to the race start but will have to plot many of them during the race.
There will be access to shelter and hot water (maybe more) during the race. All teams should be able to finish within the 72-hour time frame, we have designated short-course options to facilitate this. The water during the paddle sections (thatï¿½s right, expect 2-3 sections on the water) this time of year will be ï¿½refreshingï¿½ to say the least. Team gear boxes will be available at each transition area. We reserve the right, in the name of keeping everyone safe, to make course adjustments based on changing weather conditions. While we expect all teams to finish within the three days, the faster teams should be off course in about 64 hours and we will keep the course open until 10:00 pm on 31 Oct!
This event will also serve as a USARA National Championships Regional Qualfier! There will be $6,000.00 in cash for the top finishers in the CO-ED four-person division. The race will be broadcast on the Happy Mutant Broadband Network.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
2027 State Park Entrance Road
Bismark, AR 71929
Lodging options include: hotel rooms, yurts, RV and primitive camping