Arkansan Ernie Lechuga rides in the Arkansas High Country Race in 2022. He won the events with a record-setting time of four days, 14 hours and 13 minutes. – Submitted photo After a successful run at hosting the ultra-endurance 1,000-mile Arkansas High Country Race last year, Hot Springs will once again host the race in October.
Registration for the fifth annual biking event opens on April 7. Last year, it drew 75 participants from 17 states and Canada, 46 of which completed the race with Arkansan Ernie Lechuga finishing the 1,000-mile leg of the race in a record-setting time of four days, 14 hours and 13 minutes.
"We are stoked to have the Arkansas High Country Race returning to Hot Springs for the second year," Visit Hot Springs Northwoods Trails Coordinator Traci Berry said in a news release. "This event brings folks from all over the country and beyond to push themselves to the edge both physically and mentally. For some, it can be life-changing.
"Following them through their journey and hearing their stories afterwards is an experience that is hard to explain. Last year each racer raved about our town, the beauty, the hospitality, the spas, and more. We hope to make ARHC 2023 even better."
Competitors have three options for the race, the full 1,000-mile loop, the 487-mile south loop or the 185-mile Ouachita Triple Crown.
"The terrain, the community, the energy … it’s unreal how this event continually gets more exciting with each passing year," race director Andrew Onermaa said in […]
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