IMPORTANT: Please read update on the 2020 Chile Pepper Festival



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.

Festival Dates: Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th

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

Pre-Registration/Packet Pickup Available Friday as a convenience, not Mandatory.

🌧☔️⛈🌦 2019 Weather Notices Posted Here!

RAIN SITE Packet Pickup: Gymnastic Joe’s, NWA MALL 4201 North Shiloh Drive Fayetteville, AR 72703. A notice will be posted on website header and facebook page early Friday morning if necessary.

Saturday Directions and Parking:

GPS and Google Map users: Use Washington County Fairgrounds, North McConnell Avenue, Fayetteville, AR.  OR you may use AGRI Park on Garland Avenue.  Don’t call for a street address because it’s in the middle of a field!  There is not one!

Traveling on Hwy. I-540, take exit 66 to Hwy. 112 (which is also Garland Ave.). Travel south on Hwy. 112. You will see Chile Pepper parking signs. General Parking is located at Washington County Fairgrounds which are all located off Hwy. 112. Transit Buses will shuttle participants from the parking lots to the drop-off point near the course from 5:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Some walking is required. Note: Please allow extra time to get to the race site.

Area Maps

Bus Route, Parking and Walking Trail

PepperLand Race Village

Handicap Parking

Traveling on Hwy. I-540, take exit 66 to Hwy. 112 (which is also Garland Ave.). Travel south on Hwy. 112. You will see Chile Pepper parking signs. Turn into the Agri Park and proceed up to gate entrance for Transit buses. A Deputy will check your credentials, (fill out the Handicap Parking form online). Parking is located on the course near the race village, attendants will direct vehicles.

Handicap Parking Form

Scoring and Timing

Chips will be issued on Friday and 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 Packets may be picked up Saturday, at the Festival race site at the Registration Tent beginning at 6:00 a.m. Race day registration will open at 6:00 a.m. and continue until 15 minutes prior to the start of each race.

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

Race Start Times

See Schedule


Make arrangements as soon as possible. For additional help with accommodations, please contact our Partner Experience Fayetteville for available hotels in the Northwest Arkansas area.

800-766-4626 or 479-521-5776

21 South Block Ave, Suite 100, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Individual Race Fees

Runner Benefits

  • Each registered runner will be treated to a post-race feast provided by Jose’s and Ben E. Keith for Saturday only.
  • Non-registered adults and kids may eat at the post-race lunch for $5.
  • Sponsor Tents with samples, sales and surprises!

Awards:  Our long term Partners  Creative and Timex always have cool stuff.  Check out the goodies!

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 $700,000 has been given to date.  $75,000 was distributed in 2018!