Dam Night Run of­fers down­hill fun, nice views

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - CON­LEY BYRD III Please send tips for ac­tive recre­ation to cbyrd@arkansason­line.com

The Dam Night Run 5K will be­gin at 8 p.m. Satur­day about 2 miles west of DeGray Lake Dam on Sky­line Drive just out­side Arkadel­phia.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to park near the fin­ish line in the Spill­way Dam Recre­ation Area, where buses will shut­tle run­ners up to the start­ing line. For those who pre­fer an ad­dress to put into a GPS de­vice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers is at 543 Sky­line Drive, a short dis­tance from the Spill­way Dam Recre­ation Area.

The race course is sim­i­lar to the re­cent Fire­cracker Fast 5K in Lit­tle Rock in be­ing pri­mar­ily down­hill with the ex­cep­tion of a short jog when it runs over the DeGray Lake Dam. Or­ga­niz­ers say it pro­vides ex­cel­lent views of the lake and the Caddo River Val­ley.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til Fri­day for $25 ($15 for age 18 and un­der) plus a han­dling fee. Race-day reg­is­tra­tion will be open from 3-6:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Spill­way Dam area and cost an ad­di­tional $5 for adults over age 18, but the fee for 18 and un­der re­mains $15. Packet pickup for ev­ery­one will be 3-7 p.m. Satur­day, also at the Spill­way Dam area.

T-shirts are only guar­an­teed to the first 600 par­tic­i­pants, but ex­tras will be given out while sup­plies last.

Rac­ers will be chip-timed. Medals will be given three deep in the over­all and mas­ters cat­e­gories to both sexes; one deep in the grand­mas­ter and se­niors cat­e­gories; and five deep by five-year age group. Awards will also be given five deep in the walk­ers di­vi­sion, and three deep in the wheel­chair di­vi­sion. Don’t for­get to re­turn the tim­ing chips as there’s a penalty as­sessed for miss­ing chips.

The awards cer­e­mony will take place about 9:30 p.m. and will in­clude mu­sic and re­fresh­ments for rac­ers.

Pro­ceeds from the Dam Night Run 2016 will ben­e­fit Boys and Girls Club of Clark County, The CALL, CASA, and the Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary.

For more in­for­ma­tion or for on­line reg­is­tra­tion, search Dam Night Run 5K at run­signup.com.

Rogers Cy­cling Fes­ti­val

The Rogers Cy­cling Fes­ti­val is a com­bi­na­tion of nine rides over three days Fri­day through Sun­day. The rides are a mix­ture of road bike and moun­tain bike, some are com­pet­i­tive races and some are fun rides.

The dif­fer­ent races are Race for the Spike Road Race, Race for the Spike Moun­tain Edi­tion, Frisco 5 Card Poker Ride, The Wheel Sucker, Hot and Hilly Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge, Wal­nut Val­ley Road Race, Rats Kids Moun­tain Bike Race, Cruiser Sprints, The Gam­bler En­durance Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge, and the Whit­ney Gravel Ride.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til 11:59 p.m. Thurs­day. Each in­di­vid­ual event has its own price tag and must be reg­is­tered for sep­a­rately, but they range from $10 to $40 per racer (there are also team events). Race-day reg­is­tra­tion will be avail­able for an ex­tra $5 per racer per event. The Frisco 5 Poker Ride (6 p.m. Fri­day) and Cruiser Sprints (7 p.m. Fri­day) do not have on­line reg­is­tra­tions, but are $5 per per­son on site. The Wheel Sucker and Wal­nut Val­ley Road Race are USA Cy­cling sanc­tioned events and re­quire at least a one-day li­cense, which costs $10.

The web­site states that T-shirts and goodie bags are avail­able to the first 400 reg­is­trants.

Packet pickup and race-day reg­is­tra­tion will be avail­able be­gin­ning at 4 p.m. Fri­day and 6 a.m. Satur­day at The Rai­l­yard Bike Park, 299 E. Cherry St., Rogers. Sun­day’s packet pickup and race-day reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 6 a.m. at the Avoca Town Hall, 222 Old Wire Road, Avoca.

There will also be an af­ter party and fes­ti­val mixer be­gin­ning at 9 p.m. Satur­day at GPP Cy­cling, 318 1st St., Rogers.

Awards vary depend­ing on the event, but there are some cash prizes to be won in some of the races.

For in­for­ma­tion and maps on in­di­vid­ual races, or on­line reg­is­tra­tion, visit roger­scy­clingfes­ti­val.com.

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