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

Meet Date: Saturday, October 3rd

NO PETS on grounds!  NO DRONES!  We are guests of the University of Arkansas Experimental Farm and these are strict rules.

NO Pre-Registration/Packet Pickup Available Friday or Course Preview.

  • Cars and Buses are not allowed entry from Garland Avenue on Friday or Saturday.
  • Parking for TEAMS only is thru the fence on the course on Quality Lane which intersects Gregg Street, weather permitting.  If the area is saturated or soggy, parking is parallel on Quality Lane or as directed by parking officials.
  • Chile Pepper T-shirts and other event merchandise will be available for purchase online only.

Scoring and Timing

Chips will be issued on Saturday only. Each runner will be required to wear a shoe chip which will be tied to his or her shoelace with supplied bread ties. At the conclusion of each race, the chips will be collected. Each participant or Coach, in the case of Teams, is responsible for returning the chip to the finish line area or registration tent if not participating.  Please turn in the chips you don’t use or you or the school may be charged.

Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration

Individual Events are cancelled for 2020.

Team Packets may be picked up Saturday after 7:30 a.m.  

Course Description

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is held on the University of Arkansas cross country course in Fayetteville. The course is a combination of grass, cinder and uneven terrain.  SEC and National Championships have been settled here!  Coach Bucknam describes it as the Superbowl of Cross Country!

Race Proceeds Distributed to Northwest Arkansas High School Cross Country Programs

Race proceeds are given to the Fayetteville, Springdale, Har-Ber, Rogers, Rogers Heritage, Siloam Springs and Bentonville, Elkins, Farmington, Gentry, Greenland, Haas Hall, Prairie Grove, and West Fork high school cross country teams.  Our mission is to get kids running and over $769,000 has been given to date.  $69,000 was distributed in 2019!