The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride

40 mile - 20 mile - 13 mile - 5k


You've heard about the nationally acclaimed trails in Northwest Arkansas. Here is your chance to run and ride the newest gem in the collection on December 9-10, 2017 at the Back 40 Trail Run & Ride. Brought to you by the same team from the award winning War Eagle Trail Running Festival. The Back 40 is the first of a multi-phase project that plans for a total of 150 miles of natural-surface trail through the City of Bella Vista’s 45 square miles. The construction of the trail system is by NWA Trailblazers and has been fully funded by a $3 million grant to that organization from the Walton Family Foundation. Thanks to the City of Bella Vista for the opportunity to organize this event. Mayor Peter Christie approached us with this idea and we jumped on it. This is a two day event that allows trail runners and mountain bikers to come together and play in our new backyard. 


Three distances for the run and ride are 10k, 20 mile and 40 mile. We encourage you to participate on both days. Trail runners will go on Saturday and riders take their turn on Sunday. Our goal is for each group to support the other on race day and to enjoy hanging out together afterwards. Race headquarters will be at Blowing Springs and the entire park will be reserved for racers. Camping will be available. Reserve camping here. Food trucks will be on site as well as a beer garden hosted by a local brewery. 


Everyone who registers will receive a shirt with our phenomenal race logo. Ryan Holler has once again designed a beautiful piece of artwork that you can wear. All finishers of a single event will receive a handmade award. Those of you brave enough to double up will get an extra special finishers award. And wait until you see what we have for the overall top finishers. 


The courses for all distances will be 100% singletrack and will be well marked. There will be cutoffs for all distances. 


Aid stations will be available and staffed with experienced runners and riders. 


The number of participants will be limited. If you want to come out and play with us sign up early.


Registration deferrals or rollovers will not be accepted. Bib transfers will be accepted but there will be a deadline for completing the transfer. Additionally, there will be no changes in sizes for shirts. 


To stay up to date on the latest developments follow us on our Facebook page and bookmark our website. See you in December on the Back 40. 



DECEMBER 9, 10 - 2017 - Taking place in the wooded hills of Northwest Arkansas, the Back 40 Run & Ride is the regions premiere trail event for both runners and mountain bikers. Complete one event for a moderately challenging race or double up and live in everlasting, masochistic glory.


Saturday, December 9th 

40 Mile Run - $80

20 Mile Run - $60

13 Mile Run -  TBD

5K Run - TBD


Sunday, December 10th

40 Mile Ride - $80

20 Mile Ride - $60

13 Mile Ride - TBD


Double Up for an Amazing Custom Award

The Big Pig - 40 Mile Run & Ride - $150

The Potbelly - 20 Mile Run & Ride - $110

The Piglet - 13 Mile Run & Ride - TBD


Start Times and Cutoff Information

Start Time (ALL EVENTS) - 7:30am

Cutoff is 10 hours for the 20/40 mile events. Cutoff times will be enforced from the first aid station. 20 milers must remain under 30:00 min/mile pace. 40 milers must remain under 15:00 min/mile pace. Safety sweepers will be on the course and will assist in returning anyone that drops or gets pulled out to the finishing area.

Course Maps Below:

10k: click Here

20 Miler: Click Here

40 miler: Run/ride 20-mile loop twice


Schedule of Events:

Friday December 8th
Packet pick up is from 12 noon until 6:00PM at Rush Running Co. in Bentonville. The address is 1600 SE J Street. Again, we highly encourage you to make it on Friday for your packet if possible. 

Saturday December 9th
Packet pick up at Blowing Springs 6:00AM-7:00AM
Race briefing at 7:15AM
Race start at 7:30AM
Packet pick up resumes at the race 10:00AM-4:00PM
Course closes at 5:30PM

Sunday December 10th
Packet pick up at Blowing Springs 6:00AM-7:00AM
Race briefing at 7:15AM
Race start at 7:30AM
Course closes at 5:30PM


Again, we highly encourage you to make it on Friday for your packet if possible.



Bentonville Brewing

City of Bella Vista


Hoka One One


Race Wizard

Rush Running Company



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