Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT), non-profit organization of trail users dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
Ouachita Challenge!The Ouachita Cycling Club is now in its second decade of presenting the annual Ouachita Challenge. This unique event in a sixty plus mile loop provides two days of mountain bike touring and racing on two of the area’s best trails. The Ouachita Trail is known for its challenging climbs, vast technical sections, and scenic views of the Ouachita River. The Womble Trail (an IMBA Epic) is known for its fast trails and scenic views of the Ouachita Mountains and valleys.For the past several years, FoOT has staffed road crossings and aid stations to make this event a success. FoOT receives a considerable amount of funding as a result of providing volunteers for the course and aid stations. These funds are used to maintain and upgrade the Ouachita Trail. The event provides funding to the Oden School and to other local organizations as well. Ouachita Challenge 2017The Ouachita Challenge is the premier mountain bike race in Arkansas. On March 25-26, 2017 the Ouachita Challenge will be held for the 16th year. This 60 mile race covers portions of two IMBA Epic Trails, the Ouachita Trail and the Womble Trail. A Tour is held on Saturday and the Race is held on Sunday. Both events are limited to 250 riders and all spots are filled shortly after registration opens in December. This event is sponsored by the Ouachita Mountain Challenge Association. The proceeds from the event go to help the non-profit groups (Oden School, volunteer fire departments, ham radio club, FoOT, Traildogs, and others) who help to put on the tour and race. For additional information:CLICK HERE to go to OC Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go to the OC webite.
OUACHITA CHALLENGE 2017VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDThe 2017 Ouachita Challenge will be held on March 25th and 26ththis year. This tour (Saturday) and race (Sunday) will feature 250 riders from many states each day. As usual, the event will start and finish at the Oden School. An event of this magnitude requires a lot of volunteers to make it work smoothly. We will need over 60 volunteers out on the course each of the two days. Please consider volunteering if you can. It will involve several hours of work and will have a great view of the racers. You may volunteer to be a course marshal or aid station worker by e-mailing Robert Cavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you need to call Robert his number is 870-490-1511. If you can work both days that would be great, but if you can only work one day we can certainly use us as well. Give Robert your t-shirt size when you sign up.This event provides funding to the Oden School and to other local non-profit organizations. The Friends of the Ouachita Trail will receive a considerable amount of funding as a result of providing volunteers for the course and the aid stations. These funds will go to maintain and upgrade the Ouachita Trail and the Womble Trail.Robert will send out the volunteer assignments about two weeks before the Ouachita Challenge weekend.