The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was created to bring together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in America.
Each year over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams battle for prestige and unique Chile Pepper themed awards. Additionally, 750 individuals participate in the Open 10k and 5K Fun Run plus the Tom Lewis 1 Mile Pepper Dash on Friday Night. The event is held at University of Arkansas’ incredible off road course and all runners are invited to enjoy a Hot Mexican food feast following the race.
7:15 a.m - Chile Pepper Open 10K
8:45 a.m - Chile Pepper Open 5K
Awards – Chile Pepper Open 10K 9:05 a.m, 5K Open 9:30 a.m.
5K Run-Overall. First-place overall male and female finishers will receive a custom Chile Pepper award, $15 ChileBucks (good for any Festival Merchandise), and a $20 Jose’s Gift Certificate. 5K Age Group Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place for men/women in U10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
Chile Pepper 10K Open:
Overall / Masters’ / Age Group / Clydesdale Awards.
Overall. First-place overall male and female finishers will receive a custom Chile Pepper award, $15 ChileBucks (good for any Festival Merchandise), and a $50 gift certificate. Second and third-place overall male and female finishers will receive $15 ChileBucks and a custom Chile Pepper award.
Masters’. The first-place male and female in Masters 40+, Grand Masters 50+ and Senior Masters 60+ will receive a custom Chile Pepper award, $15 ChileBucks and a $20 gift certificate. Each second and third-place male and female finisher in the Master’s categories will be awarded a custom Chile Pepper award piece.
Age Group. Both men and women in U10, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+ age groups will be awarded with $15 ChileBucks for first place, plus a $20 Jose’s gift certificate. Second through fifth place in each age group will be awarded with a SURPRISE.
Clydesdale Division: Awards will be presented to the top three under-40 and top three 40+ finishers. The Clydesdale Weight division is designed for male-only runners weighing 190+ pounds. Runners may compete in the Open or the Clydesdale division, but not both.
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