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The Hogeye Marathon

2018 Grand Prix Race #8
Springdale, AR - April 14, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Race Highlights

  • Race hosted by the Hogeye Marathon Event Club
  • USATF Course Certification #: AR17004WJT
  • 2018 marks the fourth time for Hogeye to serve as the State Championship Marathon
  • Proceeds benefit northwest Arkansas charities

Directions to the Starting Line

From I-49, exit on Elm Springs Rd. Exit 73. Turn right and stay on Elm Springs / Huntsville Ave until the intersection of 71 Bus. Turn right onto 71 Bus./Thompson, Turn left at the next Light, Emma Ave. The starting line is at the intersection of Blair and West Emma Avenue.

Race History

2018 will be the 42nd Running of the Hogeye Marathon.

Pre-2003, the race course traveled from Fayetteville to Hogeye, Arkansas, and back. This was an overwelmingly hilly route, and the race was considered one of the ten toughest marathon courses in the country at that time. In 2003, the course was brought completely into the city of Fayetteville and in the following years more and more of the route began utilizing Fayetteville's burgeoning trail system. These changes have flattened the course tremendously from the old days, though the race is still considered a "hilly marathon" by most participants.

In 2017 the Hogeye Marathon 7 Relays was moved to neighboring town, Springdale -- home of Tyson Foods. The goal of moving the race course back to the streets was accomplished although there are still a few sections which utilize the Lake Fayetteville Trail and the Razorback Greenway. The course passes by 5 parks in Springdale, along with the Arvest Ballpark, home of the AA minor league baseball team -- the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. It also traverses through parts of North Fayetteville and into Johnson, making for a much flatter, more supported and scenic course.

Course Description

The hogeye marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K all begin and finish on Emma Ave. in Springdale. The start is two blocks from the finish and runners actually cross the point which will become the finish line. Most of the first 4 miles is flat, where the course turns on Don Tyson Parkway for the first time, it has some rolling hills until is enter the Lake Fayetteville trail where it has a few steeper hills. It then levels out much more and continues through Johnson, AR and turns at the World Headquarters for Tyson Foods, Inc. onto, you guessed it, Don Tyson Parkway, DTP. At this point, mile 13, there will be some long gradual hills and runners will get to enjoy a trip into and around the concourse of Arvest Ballpark. From this point the course passes by the new Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest and is mostly level, or slightly downhill crossing back over I-49 through residential areas and continuing into the seasoned part of the City, past Springdale High School to JB Hunt Park, and turning for the 3 mile finish on the Razorback Greenway into downtown Springdale on Emma Ave.

For further information, contact:
Tabby Holmes, Race Director