Dam Night Run offers downhill fun, nice views
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.