Second annual Kessler Trail Run set for Nov. 1

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The most scenic running event this city has ever seen is back for another year.

The second annual Kessler Trail Run, a 10K and 20K run that got its start in 2013, will return on Saturday, Nov. 1 on the trails around Kessler Mountain in south Fayetteville.

The event, organized by the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, is a fundraiser to help the FNHA make good on their commitment to raise $300,000 to help offset the city’s cost to purchase the 328 acres known as the Kessler Mountain Reserve. The city purchased the land for $3 million earlier this year thanks in part to a $1.5 million matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

In addition to the money raised at the event, the FNHA this week announced they received a $15,000 donation over the next three years toward their goal from local real estate developers, Specialized Real Estate Group.

The run will begin at 9 a.m. from the new Mount Kessler trailhead, located at 2600 Judge Cummings Road, west of Cato Springs Road (Arkansas 265) and Interstate 49.

An after party featuring local food trucks, and beer from several local breweries is planned beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Registration is now open for the event at Participation in the 10K race is $30, the 20K is $40, and admission to the after party is $10.

For a bit more information, check out the Facebook page for the event.