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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 Dates: Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, 2022.

Race Schedule

2022 Special Considerations

As you might imagine, the Chile Pepper Board is again faced with significant challenges in trying to execute a large scale meet on the same weekend of a Razorback Football Game vs. Alabama.  If you or a team needs hotel accommodations, please see to it sooner than later!

College events will occur on Friday evening.  There will not be any Friday access to the course for high school teams to preview/run due to college races, but they are welcome to come cheer on the action.  Packet pickup will occur Saturday morning at the Registration tent for all high school events.  We look forward to the return of the Jr. High races on Saturday.

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 for High School teams or Open 10K participants due to college meet schedule.

  • Cars, college team vans/buses are allowed entry from Garland Avenue at AGRI Park on Friday.
  • Race Staff, Credentialed Volunteers, and VIP 10K participants allowed entry from Garland Avenue at AGRI Park on Saturday.
  • Parking for Saturday High School Teams is adjacent to the Washington Country Fairgrounds as directed by race officials.  Buses may drop off students at Agri Park off Garland Avenue.
  • Pedestrian access for Race Staff, Credentialed Volunteers, and VIP 10K participants allowed thru Quality Lane gate or as directed by officials.
  • Chile Pepper T-shirts and other event merchandise will be available for purchase.

Scoring and Timing

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.

Packet Pick-up and Registration

College Races will have packets available at 2:30 PM Friday, there will be 4 heats.

Godpepper 10K Open is available in 2022, pickup packet on Saturday beginning at 6:00 AM.

High School Team Packets may be picked up Saturday after 7:30 AM. 

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 NCAA 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 $870,000 has been given to date.  $70,000 was distributed in 2021.