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
Jose's
Ben E. Keith
Rush Running
Bordinos
Lewis Automotive
Timex
Feltner Brothers
Legacy Bank
Coty
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
Arvest
Ace of Blades
Richards Country Meatmarket
Signature Bank
The Mustache
Secure US, Inc.
Gymnastics Joe's
BNSF Logistics
The Mortimeyers
Crossland Construction
Kennametal
Newly Weds Foods
Rineco-Heritage
The Bank of Fayetteville
Onyx Coffee Lab
John Elrod, Attorney
Welch's
First Security Bank
Power 105.7
92.1 The Ticket
Magic 107.9
KUAF
Williams Tractor
Smith Two-Way Radio
Bakewell Chemical Co.
Twin City Produce
Waste Management
Hogbox

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

Allen Community College
Allen County Community College
Alma High School
Arkansas Arts Academy
Arkansas Arts Academy HS girls
Arkansas Tech University
Arlington Heights High
Arlington Heights High School
Avila University (Mo.)
Bartlesville Boys
Bartlesville Girls
Beebe HS Boys
Beebe HS Girls
Belton Boys
Belton Girls
Ben Savino
Benton High School
Bentonville High School
Bentonville West
Bergman Jr Girls
Bergman Sr Boys
Bergman Sr Girls
Berryville
Bishop McGuinness
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Boys JV
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Boys Varsity
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
Buffalo High
Buffalo High school
Butterfield Trail MS
Byng High School
C. E. Byrd
Cabot High School
Cabot Junior High
Carl Albert State College
Casady School
Central Arkansas
Central Junior High
Chadwick
Charleston High School
Christian Brothers University
clayton high school
Cloud County
College Heights Christian School
College of the Ozarks
Colleyville Heritage - Black
Colleyville Heritage - Red
Collierville High School
Conway Christian eagles
Conway High School
Conway Jr. High
Cookson Hills Chargers
Cookson Hills Chargers JH
Cookson Hills Christian School
COWETA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
COWETA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Cowley College
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
Elkins High School
Emporia State
Episcopal Collegiate Girls Varsity
Episcopal Collegiate School Cross Country
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)
Festus
Fort Hays State University
Fort Smith Southside Guys
Fort Smith Southside Varsity
Fort Smith Southside Varsity Girls
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
Grapevine High School
Gravette High School
Green Forest High School
Green Forest Junior High
Greenbrier
Greenland
Greenland High School
Greenwood High School
Greenwood Junior High
Grove Ridgerunners
Guthrie Bluejays Boys
Guthrie Bluejays Girls
Haas Hall Academy
Haas Hall Academy Bentonville
Haas Hall Academy Rogers
Haas Hall Academy Springdale
Haas Hall Springdale
Har-Ber
Har-Ber High School - Girls
Hardin-Simmons University
Harding Charter Prep Oklahoma City
Harrison High School
Haughton High School
Heber Springs High School
Hendrix College
Heritage
Heritage Jr High
High School Girls Open
Hollister High School
Houston High School Boys
Houston High School Girls
Houston Stratford
HSAA
Huntsville, AR SR GIRLS
Huntsville, AR SR. BOYS
Huntsville, AR; JR Boys
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
Lafayette Lancers JV
Lafayette V
Lake Hamilton High School
Lake Hamilton Jr. High School
Lakeside High
Lakeside Junior High Boys
Lakeside Junior High Girls
Lausanne Collegiate School
Lawton MacArthur HS
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
Lincoln Jr. High
Lindenwood University
Little Axe
Little Rock Central
Little Rock Christian
Little Rock Christian Academy
Lockhart
Louisiana College-Track & Field/Cross Country
Manila High School
Mansfield
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 A
Mustang High School B
Nettleton
Nevada MO Tigers Girls JV
Nevada MO Tigers JV
Nevada MO Tigers varsity
Nevada MO Tigers Varsity Girls
Newman University
Noah Gade
Nolan Catholic High School
Norman High School
Norman North
North Iowa Area Community College
Northridge MS
Northside
Northwest
Northwest Arkanasas Classical Academy
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State Univ.
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma City 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.)
Parkvew Cross Country
Parkview Cross Country
Parkway Central High School
Paschal High School
Piedmont High School Boys
Piedmont High School Girls
Pleasant Grove High School
Poteau High School Boys
Poteau High School Girls
Poteau Middle School Boys
Poteau Middle School Girls
Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove High School
Providence Classical Christian Academy
Putnam City North
Ramay Junior High Boys
Ramay Junior High Girls
Raymore-Peculiar
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
RUNNING WOLVES - A
RUNNING WOLVES - B
Russellville
Russsellville
Saint Joseph Central High School
Santa Fe South Boys
Saxony Lutheran High School
Seckman Jaguars Boys
Seckman Jaguars Girls
Seckman Jaguars V Boys
Seckman Jaguars V Girls
Seminole
Sequoyah-Tahlequah HS
SFS Boys Open
SFS Girls Varsity
Shiloh Christian School
Siloam Springs
Skiatook High School
Smithson Valley
South Alabama
Southeastern Oklahoma
Southern Arkansas University
Southern Nazarene University
Southwest Junior High
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Community College
Springdale High School
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
Stilwell Girls
Stilwell Varsity Boys
Stockton
Stockton Junior High Boys
Stockton Junior High Girls
Strafford Cross Country
Strafford High School
Sylvan Hills
Tabor College Men
Tabor College Women
Tahlequah
Tampa
Texas A&M Commerce
Texas State University
The New School
The University of North Texas
The Woodlands
Trinity Christian School
Trinity University (Texas)
Tyler Lee
UA Rich Mountain Bucks
UA-Fort Smith
UALR
Union
Union High School
Univ. of Alabama Huntsville
University of Arkansas
University of Central Oklahoma
University of North Alabama
University of Texas at Dallas
UT-Tyler
Valley View High School
Van Buren HS
Van Buren JH
Vilonia High School
Vilonia Junior High School
Waco Midway
Waldron
Washington Junior High
Washtington Junior high
Wayland Baptist University
West Fork
West Plains Zizzers
Westmoore High
wic
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 9/18/18 5:00PM CDT