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! March 24-25, 2018    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. 2018   will   be   the   third   year   in   which   a   committee   composed of   representatives   from   the   non-profit   groups   that   receive benefits    will    direct    the    Challenge.        The    committee,    the Ouachita   Mountain   Challenge   Association   (OMCA),   has   worked   to   improve   the   event   each   year   for   the participants and volunteers.  FoOT is a major player in the OMCA. This   tour   (Saturday)   and   race   (Sunday)   features   250   riders   from   many   states   each   day.      As   usual,   the event   will   start   and   finish   at   the   Oden   School. For   the   past   several   years,   FoOT   has   staffed   road crossings and aid stations to make this event a success. Ths   event   provides   funding   to   the   Oden   School   and   to   other   local   non-profit   organizations.      The Challenge   is   the   premier   fund   raiser   for   FoOT   each   year.   FoOT   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. For additional information: CLICK HERE to go to OC Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go to the OC webite.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED   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 on 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 stonecoldrc@yahoo.com  If 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. Last year’s response for volunteers was excellent, without a need to double up on assignments.  Let’s make Robert’s job easy again this year. Robert will send out the volunteer assignments about two weeks before the Ouachita Challenge weekend. Each year, the Challenge is a special event where a good time is had by all – bikers as well as volunteers.  We hope you will be able to join us for a great weekend in the Ouachitas.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your help is always greatly appreciated.