22nd White Rock Classic 50K


Saturday, February 6, 2016

9:00 am

No Fees, No frills, No WIMPS!

Please REGISTER below



Everybody please register online so we don't have to fill out any forms on race day morning.

Race begins at 9:00 am on Road 1003 (White Rock Mountain Road) just off Highway 23, about a mile north of the Mulberry River (near Cass).

Part of the 2015 - 2016 AURA Ultra Trail Series

There is no entry fee but a small donation to help cover costs would be appreciated.

Please park at Turner Bend Store and walk or carpool to the race start
Park at Job Corp, there will be people there directing parking, and walk to the race start
Only a few can park on White Rock Mountain Rd as the road is too narrow for parking and allowing emergency vehicles.

Start Time:
9:00 AM for 50K start
9:15 AM for 25K start
9:30 AM for mountain bikers start

If doing the 50K and not confident of a 5:00PM finish you are welcome to start early. (study the map, you will be unsupported till the aid station volunteers get set up)

On Nature Calls:

Please use the restrooms at the Turner Bend Store (please show gratitude by purchasing something).
Number 2 is becoming a problem.
We can't have Number 2's at the campground. We can't have TP scattered about either.
So after going at the store, if you still need to go, walk up the road and:

Be Like Bear
This is Bear
Bear lives in the woods
Bear sh*ts in the woods
Bear leaves no trace
Be Like Bear

For those of you new to outdoor adventures:
Leave no trace means:
You dig a "cat hole", do your business, bury your business, carry out your TP (sandwich bags are good for this) throw sandwich bag away IN THE GARBAGE at the next aid station.

We are guests in the woods and at the campground. If we don't show gratitude by being good guests, we will be uninvited in the future. Don't be the jack hat that makes that happen.

Brought to you by Lisa Gunnoe, PoDog Vogler, and the Arkansas Ultra Running Association (AURA)

Refreshments will be near the finish line starting at 1:00 pm


Please keep your own time and sign in at the top (past the aid station at the lookout) and at the finish to be included in the results.  This is a run/walk but you are welcome to ride your bike if you wish. If you took a bib, you must sign out before you leave or we will think you are still out there and bill you $$$ for search and rescue.


The 50K course runs to the top of White Rock Mountain, then retraces back to the start.  The course is run on well maintained forest road.  Aid is set up approximately every 5 – 6 miles.


PLEASE NOTE:  If for some reason you plan to NOT run out and back, you MUST plan ahead to arrange your own ride back to the start.  No shuttling will be available.


Course Map


Approximate cumulative elevation changes:

Out/up:  3500’ total climb, 1900’ total descent

Back/Down:  1900’ total climb and 3500’ total descent  (see profile below)


Course Records:

Male:        Brian Hurley, 3:53:06 (2014)

Female:    Chrissy Ferguson, 4:44:25 (1999)

Male (Brannon Cemetery start/finish): Cole Crosby, 3:53:55 (2012)

Female (Brannon Cemetery start/finish): Katie Helms, 5:14 (2012)


Course closes by 5 pm.  Early starts are accepted if you anticipate not completing the 50K under 8 hours.  Note:  There will be a few awards given--early starters are not eligible for awards.



Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel the race due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. Both the condition/width of the roads and the snow height and ice will be taken into consideration when making the final decision.   In other words, don’t go if the weather is bad!  Remember this is for fun, fellowship and recreation.


Here is the course profile – compliments of Jeff Genova – Thanks Jeff!


This 50K is very challenging and not recommended for those who have not at least completed a marathon (or run 26 miles) recently.  It is guaranteed to help work off those Christmas holiday pounds before the Valentine Candy arrives.  J


Cyclists are always welcome to join us, although a road bike wouldn’t be recommend as there are plenty of rocks on the dirt road.  Hope to see you there!


Questions: e-mail Lisa


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