Eventful Sports: Marathons, Cycling and a Fishing Tourney

There’s always something competitive going on in Northwest Arkansas. So step up and join in for the sport, the camaraderie, and the pure fun of it!

Joe Martin Stage Race/Joe Martin Grand Fondo  |  April 21-24

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Joe Martin Stage Race

Fayetteville has been home to this nationally and internationally sanctioned cycling race since 1977. This year’s race, to be held April 21-24, includes a four-day, four-event professional race, and a two-day, three-event amateur race. The professional men’s and women’s events are part of both the domestic and international professional racing calendars. Stakes too high? Try the Joe Martin Gran Fondo on April 23, a non-competitive bike ride held on some of the same courses the professionals compete on in the Joe Martin Stage Race. Participants get to be a “pro” for a day! Fun rest stops, unique courses, and post-ride festivities set both of these races apart. For more info, visit joemartinstagerace.com and joemartingranfondo.com.

Hogeye Marathon  |  April 10

Get your pig on April 10! This marathon, which began in 1977, starts at the University of Arkansas and goes to the small town of Hogeye where it turns around and comes back. Over the years, the course has been changed to be more runner-friendly and cover the most scenic parts of Fayetteville. A pasta dinner and expo round out the fun. For more info, visit hogeyemarathon.com.


Bentonville Running Festival

Bentonville Running Festival | April 2

Run the half marathon, the 5K or the Fun Run – all on April 2. The festival includes an expo, a pasta party, and a post race celebration with more food choices, music, vendors and inflatables for kids. For more info, visit runbentonville.com.

Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour | April 14-17

Anglers from all over the world will load up their boats and head out on Beaver Lake on April 14-17 for this big-stakes bass event, hosted by Visit Rogers. The annual pro fishing tournament starts at Prairie Creek Recreation Area, prior to the FLW Expo at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. Winners can fetch more than $100,000 in awards. For more info, visit flwfishing.com.


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