Alex Golden
Jun 17, 2022 - Sports

Adventure racing comes to NWA

Heidi Muller, CEO of Adventure Racing World Series, speaks Thursday to announce a race in NWA. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

Northwest Arkansas is leveling up its outdoor recreation offerings.

Driving the news: Ozark Outdoor Foundation announced Thursday that NWA will host Expedition Ozark, a race for the Adventure Racing World Series, in April 2023.

Razorback Regional Greenway getting a makeover

A photo of mile marker 0 on the Razorback Greenway.
The current zero-mile post. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The Razorback Regional Greenway is getting a new look.

What's happening: A series of updates to the trail's brand (it's look, typography, logo and signage) including the wayfinding maps, will be happening all year, according to the Razorback Greenway Alliance.

Worth Sparkman
Apr 25, 2022 - Sports

Mountain bikes max out Fayetteville's Centennial Park

A pro elite woman races at Centennial Park on Saturday. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

High winds Saturday and a threat of storms Sunday made for exciting mountain bike racing at Fayetteville's Centennial Park.

What happened: The U.S. Pro Cup's top performers, elite women and men were scheduled to race on Sunday afternoon, but instead raced late Saturday.

Worth Sparkman
Mar 25, 2022 - Sports

Arkansas Razorbacks advance to Elite Eight

Jaylin Williams celebrates with head coach Eric Musselman. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Jaylin Williams celebrates with head coach Eric Musselman. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

No. 4-ranked Arkansas upset No. 1-ranked Gonzaga 74–68 Thursday night in San Francisco.

  • JD Notea scored 21 points; Jaylin Williams scored 15.
  • This is the second consecutive season the team has won in the Sweet 16.
Worth Sparkman
Feb 10, 2022 - Business

U of A's outdoor recreation incubator kicks off with local startups

Illustration of a tent made out of money.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The University of Arkansas is helping entrepreneurs capitalize on the Natural State.

What's happening: Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) revealed its first cohort of startup companies yesterday.

  • Four local startups began the three-month incubator program last week. All of them focus on products or services to be used outside.
Worth Sparkman
Jan 31, 2022 - Sports

In photos: NW Arkansas hosts Cyclo-cross World Championship

A men's elite cyclist carries his bike up the steps at a cyclo-cross event.
A member of team USA's men's elite team carries his bike up 39 steps. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

If you missed the 2022 Cyclo-cross World Championships over the weekend, here's a taste:

  • Thousands of people. Dozens of languages.
  • Laughter. Tears. Blood. A lone trombone and lots of cowbells.
  • Beer, sun and good food.

Why it matters: This was a moment where Northwest Arkansas could show off its cycling chops to an international audience.

Worth Sparkman
Jan 21, 2022 - Business

Walton-owned investment firm makes a bet on kayaks

A man fishes from a kayak on a river. '
Courtesy of Eddyline Kayaks

Steuart and Tom Walton are in hot water — water brimming with kayaks, that is.

What's happening: Eddyline Kayaks of Burlington, Washington, raised an undisclosed minority equity investment from RZC Investments, owned by the brothers.

Worth Sparkman
Oct 27, 2021 - News

Mapped: More urban deer in NWA means more car accidents

Data: Statefarm; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Just like people, more deer are moving to NWA.

What's happening: Deer have fewer natural predators than they used to and, ironically thanks to urban development, feel safer closer to town.

  • There is usually plenty of food, and they begin having fawns, so the population grows over time.
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