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Packet Pick-up

The Hilly Half will have packet pick up at the White River Marathon for Kenya.  Packet Pickup is separate, but we will have a booth at the expo on Both Friday & Saturday.  Packets can also be picked up race morning from 7:00-8:45 am. Race will start promptly at 9:00 am.


More Information to come!

We have the date, the course and the know how.  We just don't have every detail yet!  Please check back for more information regarding this race and the back-to-back racing opportunities with White River Marathon (Half & 5K) and Red Beard's Hilly Half!


Red Beard?

Red Beard’s Hilly Half was designed by Rusty Harvey. Yes his name is Rusty and yes, he really has a red beard. Working with Pirate Perry Events to host a race – the name fits!  Cotter Arkansas was already home to one of the flattest full marathons in the nation, so why not make a hilly half? Rusty is the founder of the local running group RunMH, and is a close friend of Pirate Perry Events. Together, they are bringing a variety of athletic events, short and long that range from road races to trail ultras. They even host triathlons and a run/canoe biathlon.  North Central Arkansas has lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, trails, and more.  Red Beard’s Hilly Half is Rusty’s debut directing event and one more step toward making North Central Arkansas the premier endurance sport destination.   

When & Where

Cotter, Arkansas

Sunday, November 18, 2018




Course Description

Scenic route takes you along the beautiful town of Cotter, Arkansas.  Enjoy breathtaking scenic views through this hilly menace of a course!  Prepare yourself to traverse multiple mountains along the White River, in Cotter Arkansas. There is nearly 100 feet of gain per mile, including a few miles of flat-ish road along the river’s edge. (Flat-ish – adjective, mostly horizontal, level if you ask a local.) Several of the hills exceed a 15% gradient and one climb is nearly a 25% incline.  Along the route, you’ll cross bridges, pass early 1900s architecture, and earn views from multiple overlooks. This is a 100% paved, open course.  It will be well marked, and supported by the community of Cotter, but there will be vehicle traffic along the route.  Bring a camera and challenge yourself – if you’re tough enough.