The Agri Park
Cross Country Course
The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville joined an elite group with the completion of the Agri Park Cross Country Course in 1996.
One of a handful of permanent, on-campus cross country venues in North America, Agri Park hosted its first two events -- the annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival and the Arkansas Invitational -- in October 1996.
The wide starting area turns into a multi-track competition area. The competition area is configured for distances including two-miles, 5,000 meters, 8,000 meters or 10,000 utilizing the same start area and finish chute.
Spectators enjoy the course with clear sight lines for virtually the entire race from the high ground near the finish area.
Competitors benefit from a challenging variety of terrain and backdrop ranging from open prairie field to pine needle covered grove trails.
Not the only venue
The Lady Razorbacks have the luxury of numerous training areas, all within minutes of the cross country team's locker room at the Barnhill Arena.
The Trails are a system of private running paths atop the hills that frame the western ridge of Razorback Ravine. Most of the team's training runs occur here on the meticulously maintained wood-chip wooded trails.
Golf courses such as Springdale Country Club and Razorback Park have hosted both Razorback training, and were the site of famous meets such as the 1987 Southwest Conference Championship and the first Chile Pepper Festivals.
However, the most famous venue is Prairie Grove State Battlefield, located 12 miles west of Fayetteville where the University of Arkansas hosted the 1994 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The course also hosted the 1994 and 1995 Chile Pepper Festivals and the 1994 Southeastern Conference Championship.
Fayetteville has several public running trails such as the 1.5 mile loop at Gulley Park. An all-wood chip trail is under construction around Lake Fayetteville. The trail is projected at 6.2 miles, and adds another variety of training area for the Lady'Backs.