30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

This year, the Chile Pepper will host approximately 6,500 runners and over 6,000 spectators!

30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

This year, the Chile Pepper will bring back the 8K for College Men and retain the 5K for College Women.

30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Each year over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards.

30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

The support of sponsors, runners, and athletes has contributed more than $579,000 to Northwest Arkansas cross-country programs.

30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Look for exciting commemorative merchandise for our 30th in the popular Merchandise Tent.

30th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Mission Statement: We inspire and support Northwest Arkansas youth cross country teams, promoting the benefit of exercise, healthy lifestyle, teamwork and lifelong sport.

US Army


Ben E. Keith

Rush Running


Lewis Automotive


Feltner Brothers

Legacy Bank


Creative Awards

Nestle Waters

Sharp Hue Web Design

Race Wizard

Flowers Foods-Dave's Killer Bread

Grimes, Grimes & Grimes

Yum Yos

J.B. Hunt

Collier Drug Stores


Ace of Blades

Richards Country Meatmarket

Signature Bank

The Mustache

Secure US, Inc.

Gymnastics Joe's

BNSF Logistics

The Mortimeyers

Crossland Construction


Newly Weds Foods


The Bank of Fayetteville

Onyx Coffee Lab

John Elrod, Attorney


First Security Bank

Power 105.7

92.1 The Ticket

Magic 107.9


Williams Tractor

Smith Two-Way Radio

Bakewell Chemical Co.

Twin City Produce

Waste Management


Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in America.

Each year over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards. Additionally, 750 individuals participate in the Open 10k and 5K Fun Run plus the Tom Lewis 1 Mile Pepper Dash on Friday Night. The event is held at University of Arkansas’ incredible off road course and all runners are invited to enjoy a Hot Mexican food feast following the race.

In 2017, the Chile Pepper celebrated its 29th year and hosted approximately 6,500 runners and over 6,000 spectators the weekend of September 30th, 2017. The support of sponsors, runners, and athletes has contributed more than $579,000 to Northwest Arkansas cross-country programs. $77,000 was donated to area programs in 2017.

Race Countdown

2018 Registered Teams

Alma High School
Arkansas Arts Academy
Arkansas Arts Academy HS girls
Bartlesville Boys
Bartlesville Girls
Beebe HS Boys
Beebe HS Girls
Belton Boys
Belton Girls
Benton High School
Bentonville High School
Bishop McGuinness
Blue Springs South
Boise City high School
Boise City HS Men
Branson High School
Broken Arrow High School
broken arrow jh
Bryant High School
Buffalo High
Buffalo High school
Byng High School
C. E. Byrd
Cabot High School
Cabot Junior High
Carl Albert State College
Casady School
Central Arkansas
Central Junior High
Christian Brothers University
Cloud County
College Heights Christian School
Colleyville Heritage High School
Colleyville Heritage High School - B
Collierville High School
Conway High School
Conway Jr. High
Cookson Hills Chargers
Cookson Hills Chargers JH
Cookson Hills Christian School
Dallas Baptist University
Deer Creek High School
Don Tyson School of Innovation Cross Country & Track Team
Dover Jr. Boys
Dover Jr. Girls
Dover Lady Pirates
Dover Pirates
Drury University
East Central University
East Texas Baptist University
Eastern New Mexico University
Edmond North High School
Eureka Springs
Excelsior Springs Tigers
Farmington Jr. Boys
Farmington Jr. girls
Farmington Sr. Boys
Farmington Sr. Girls
Fayetteville High School
Fayetteville High School (9th Grade)
Fort Hays State University
Fort Worth Boswell
Fort Worth Boswell 2
Fort Worth Christian School
Francis Howell
Fulbright Junior High School
Genoa Central
Gentry High School
George Junior High Cross Country
Gravette High School
Green Forest High School
Green Forest Junior High
Greenland High School
Greenwood High School
Greenwood Junior High
Guthrie Bluejays Boys
Guthrie Bluejays Girls
Haas Hall Academy
Haas Hall Academy Bentonville
Haas Hall Springdale
Har-Ber High School - Girls
Harding Charter Prep Oklahoma City
Hardin-Simmons University
Harrison High School
Haughton High
Haughton High School
Heber Springs High School
Heritage Jr High
High School Girls Open
Hollister High School
Houston High School Boys
Houston High School Girls
Houston Stratford
Iowa Central Community College
Jenks High School
Jenks JV
Joe T. Robinson High School
Jonesboro High School Boys
Jonesboro High School Boys Gold
Jonesboro High School Girls
Jonesboro High School Girls Gold
Joplin High School JV Boys
Joplin High School JV Girls
Joplin High School Varsity Boys
Joplin High School Varsity Girl
Kaitlin Bounds
Kaitlyn Barthell
KC East Christian Academy
Keller High School - Blue
Keller High School - Gold
Kimmons Junior High
Kirkwood Pioneers
Ladue High School
Ladue Middle School
Lafayette Lancers JV
Lafayette V
Lake Hamilton High School
Lake Hamilton Jr. High School
Lakeside High
Lakeside Junior High Boys
Lakeside Junior High Girls
LeTourneau University
Liberty Christian - Argyle, TX
Lifeway Jr High Boys
Lifeway Jr High Girls
Lifeway Varsity Boys
Lifeway Varsity Girls
Lincoln Christian Boys
Lincoln Christian Girls
Lindenwood University
Little Rock Central
Little Rock Christian
Little Rock Christian Academy
Manila High School
Marlow High School
Maumelle Charter
Maumelle High
Maumelle High School
McLean Middle School
McMurry Univeristy
McMurry University
Melbourne High School
Melbourne Jr High
Melbourne Jr. High
Midland University
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri State University
Mount Dora Christian Academy
Mount Saint Mary
Mount St. Mary Academy
Mountain Home
Mustang High School
Nevada MO Tigers Girls JV
Nevada MO Tigers JV
Nevada MO Tigers varsity
Nevada MO Tigers Varsity Girls
Newman University
Noah Gade
Norman North
North Iowa Area Community College
Oklahoma Baptist University
Olathe North Cross Country
Olathe North High School
Oral Roberts University
Orchard Farm High School
Ouachita high school
Ozark Catholic
Ozark Junior High Boys
Ozark Junior High Girls
Ozarks (Ark.)
Parkway Central High School
Paschal High School
Piedmont High School Boys
Piedmont High School Girls
Pleasant Grove High School
Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove High School
Providence Classical Christian Academy
Putnam City North
Ramay Junior High Boys
Ramay Junior High Girls
Red Dirt Harriers
Rogers Jr. High Boys
Rogers Jr. High Girls
Rogers Jv Boys
Rogers Jv Girls
Rogers V Boys
Rogers V Girls
Rosehill chrisian School
Rosehill Christian School
Saint Joseph Central High School
Saxony Lutheran High School
Seckman Jaguars Boys
Seckman Jaguars Girls
Seckman Jaguars V Boys
Seckman Jaguars V Girls
Sequoyah-Tahlequah HS
Shiloh Christian School
Siloam Springs
Smithson Valley
Southern Arkansas University
Southern Nazarene University
Southwest Baptist University
Southwest Junior High
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Community College
St. George’s Independent School
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Michael's Catholic Academy
St. Vincent de Paul
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stillwater High School Boys
Stillwater High School Girls
Stockton Junior High Boys
Stockton Junior High Girls
Strafford Cross Country
Strafford High School
Sylvan Hills
Tabor College Men
Tabor College Women
Texas A&M Commerce
Texas State University
The New School
The Woodlands
Trinity Christian School
Trinity University (Texas)
Tyler Lee
UA Rich Mountain Bucks
UA-Fort Smith
Union High School
Univ. of Alabama Huntsville
University of Arkansas
University of Central Oklahoma
University of North Alabama
University of Texas at Dallas
Valley View High School
Vilonia High School
Vilonia Junior High School
Washington Junior High
Washtington Junior high
Wayland Baptist University
West Fork
West Plains Zizzers
Westmoore High
Wichita North Boys
Wichita North Girls
Wichita South High School
Wichita State University
Willard High School Boys
Willard High School Girls
Wilmington University
Woodland Junior High

Registered as of 9/14/18 8:10 am CDT