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The David's Trail Endurance Run 50K and 25K will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rocking Chair Resort in Mountain Home. A 7K event will follow at 10 a.m.

New this year is an 11K night run at 8 p.m. Friday. Participants must have a flashlight or headlamp.

This is the second year for the 50K (31.75-mile) footrace. (A 40K was scheduled in 2016, but the lake rose and flooded part of the course.)

The course loops around Robinson Point Park before it becomes an out-and-back through Panther Bay Park, across the Arkansas 101 Bridge, turning left at Bidwell Point Park and heading northwest on the trail past Take It Easy Resort.

Racers will have nine hours to complete the 50K. There will be checkpoints at Miles 18.25 and 26.25 where runners who aren't keeping at least a 16:20 minutes per mile pace will be pulled.

All 50K and 25K finishers will receive awards. First-place finishers will be recognized by sex and age group. Cash purses are up for grabs for the first person to cross the finish line in each distance.

Online registration is available until 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The 7K costs $40; the 11K costs $50; the 25K costs $70, and the 50K is $90.

Packet pickup and on-site registration will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rocking Chair Resort, 278 County Road 763. Race-day packet pickup will be 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Organizers say race proceeds will be used to help extend David's Trail, which is named for David Floyd, a Mountain Home financial adviser who died in 2006. Construction of the trail, which began in 2008, is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the David's Trail Foundation. When complete, the trail will be a more-than-50-mile network through public lands around Lake Norfork.

See davidstrailendurancerun.com.

cbyrd@arkansasonline.com

ActiveStyle on 01/15/2018

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