Registration open for second Back 40 Run and Ride

Two-day event to offer varied distances in running and mountain biking races

Registration is now open for the second Back 40 Run and Ride, a two-day racing event on Bella Vista’s Back 40 Trails.

The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, starting at Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista, and will offer four distances of trail running races on Saturday, followed by three distances of mountain bike races on Sunday. All courses are on well-marked single track.

The race is organized by Rush Running Co. – the same team who organizes the award-winning War Eagle Trail Festival each year, and sponsored by the City of Bella Vista and GPP Cycling, in conjunction with the Bella Vista Property Owners Association.

This year, the Back 40 distance options for both running and riding are 13 miles, 20 miles and 40 miles. A family-friendly 5k run is also planned for Saturday.

The 13-, 20- and 40-mile runs will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the 5k racers will start after. There will be a 10-hour cut-off time for all runners.

Rides start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, from the same location, and have the same cutoff time.

Fully supported aid stations, staffed by experienced runners and riders who love to have a good time, will be available along the course.

Participants can choose to run or ride, or compete both days for an added challenge. All finishers will be awarded medals, except the 5k runners. Mix and match distances for the run and bike, or choose the challenge of doing the same distance for both events. Medals will be revealed soon. Top winners will receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted metal pig award.

All participants will also get a race t-shirt with the phenomenal race logo, created by local artist and runner Ryan Holler. Catfish John’s will be out at the event again, providing free catfish and hushpuppies to runners and riders on both days, and for sale to spectators.

Space is limited for the races and registration will fill up quickly. Register online by going to There will be no day-of registration.

“Last year’s event was so much fun and a great success, and we hope only to grow the event in years to come. We love having different trail user groups come together in one weekend to have a great time on the Back 40 Trails,” said Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie.

Volunteers are also needed for the event. If only one sport is what you’re into, why not stick around on the other day and volunteer to cheer on other racers?

For the course map, visit the event’s website at Follow the event’s Facebook page for more information — Back 40 Trail Race.



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