Fayetteville to close Centennial Park trails for Ragnar relay race

Trails at Centennial Park (Flyer photo/File)

Several trails at Centennial Park will be closed to the public to allow for hosting of the inaugural Ragnar Trail Arkansas race.

The 120-mile team relay is set for April 19-20 along the park’s trail system as well as through the forest of Kessler Mountain. Participants will run day and night, while camping within the park.

The following Centennial Park trails will be closed starting Thursday, April 18 and during the race:

  • Fayetteville Traverse (southwest and northeast portions)
  • Learner’s Permit
  • Junk Drawer
  • Fayetteville Traverse (Kessler northwest portion)

City officials said spectating is welcomed but limited due to the nature of the event being a trail race. Carpooling or accessing the park by foot or bicycle is encouraged.

Organizers said they expect hundreds of teams to make the trip to Fayetteville to run in the event.

“For several years we have hosted successful Ragnar events in neighboring states, such as Texas and Kentucky, and could not be more excited to bring Ragnar to Northwest Arkansas,” said Amber Hardesty, Ragnar trail operations manager, in a press release announcing the Fayetteville event. “The world-class trails at Centennial Park and Kessler Mountain are perfectly suited for trail running. Our participants will love the beauty and accessibility of these trails.”

For more information about the event, visit runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/arkansas.