Help Stomp Out Hunger by running in Clinton

Posted: March 20, 2017 at 1:49 a.m.

The Clinton Fifth Annual Stomp Out Hunger Run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in front of the courthouse in downtown Clinton.

Registrants must choose between running and walking the 5K. Runners may walk, but walkers may not run.

Online registration is available until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday for $20 ($15 for age 18 and younger). There is also an option for up to four individuals to register together as a family for $60.

Packet pickup will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Rock-N-Java, 230 U.S. 65 South.

Race-day registration will be accepted at 7 a.m. near the starting line for an extra $5. Racers can warm up by doing Zumba at 8:30 a.m.

The overall top three finishers and the top five finishers in every age group (runners and walkers) will receive a medal at the finish line. Post-race refreshments and entertainment will also be available for runners and their families.

Proceeds will benefit the food banks Foods for Life and the Choctaw Food Bank in Clinton.

The courthouse is at the corner of Griggs and Walnut streets, but parking will be available at Backyard Antiques, 144 U.S. 65 South.

For more information and online registration, visit clintonhungerrun.com.

Styx n' Stones Trail Run

The Arkansas Ultrarunning Association and the Northwest Arkansas Speed Association will present their Styx n' Stones 30K and 15K beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the day-use pavilion in Devil's Den State Park.

The 30K is approximately 18.6 miles, the 15K about 9.3 miles. But these are forest miles. The website describes a major climb in the first two miles and a "gnarly" climb around Mile 13. Runners should expect the 30K to take about as long as a full road marathon.

Styx n' Stones is the 10th event in the 2016-2017 Ultra Trail Series, which will culminate in May.

This is a no-fee, no-frills race. There will be no packet pickup, no souvenir T-shirts and no timing chips. Racers can drop a donation in the can at the sign-in table on race day to help cover the costs.

There will be minimal aid along the course. Runners are advised to carry their own provisions, at the very least a water bottle. Runners also are responsible for recording their own time at the finish line. Results will be posted to the website.

With a six-hour time limit for both distances, 30K runners who reach Mile 9 after 10:50 a.m. must switch to the 15K distance.

As if naming the race after a children's rhyme about things that break bones wasn't enough, the website reinforces the warning by stating that runners should "expect any combination of sticks, stones, boulders, mud, scree, grit, trail debris, rocks, sand, slippery rocks, roots, loose rocks."

Gaiters are recommended. For the uninitiated, gaiters are a protective covering worn over the shoes to keep debris out.

While there is no fee, runners are asked to register in advance to help organizers get an accurate headcount.

The park is at 11333 Arkansas 74 at West Fork. For online registration, visit runarkansas.com/styxnstones.htm.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

In far western Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park plans a variety of events this week, including some free ones. But others require a fee, and for those, visitors must register in advance.

• Guided canoe floats welcome paddlers of all -- or no -- skill levels. The first will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday from the "Big Maumelle" boat access near the visitor center. The second will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday from the Little Maumelle River boat launch in the day-use area. The cost is $40 per canoe, canoes provided. No experience is necessary, but participants should wear clothes and shoes that can get wet, and carry extra clothes -- just in case.

• A mini day camp for children ages 7 to 10 will give kids an idea of what the park's weeklong summer camps are like. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the visitors center, activities will include nature programs and a guided trail hike. The mini day camp costs $15 per child.

• Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists at the weekly Wild Women Wednesday ladies hike from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday -- and every Wednesday through the end of March. There is no cost for this outing, which uses various trails. Call (501) 868-5806 for this week's location.

• A Twilight Hayride from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday will begin about a quarter-mile east of Arkansas 300 on Pinnacle Valley Road. The hayride will travel through a field and woods, featuring views of Pinnacle Mountain not available anywhere else in the park. Adults will pay $15 and children ages 6 to 12 $8.

• Sunday brings two guided cruises on Lake Maumelle, both departing from the Jolly Rogers Marina. The first will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the second will launch at 3 and return to dock by 4:30 p.m. Adults will pay $15, and children ages 6 to 12 cost $8.

For more information, or to register and pay for an event, call (501) 868-5806.

A lot of people will be on spring break beginning today. There are 52 Arkansas State Parks and many of them are having all kinds of events to get people out of the house. For a calendar of everything going on this week, or to see what's happening at your favorite park, go to arkansasstateparks.com.

Bentonville Triathlon Series

In Northwest Arkansas, the GPP Everyman Series of indoor triathlons continues Saturday at GPPfitNWA, 2614 S.E. J St. in Bentonville. Visit emseries.com for more information.

Please send tips for active recreation to

cbyrd@arkansasonline.com

ActiveStyle on 03/20/2017