November 17 - 18, 2023

Dirt Circus - Bentonville

3100 Price Coffee Rd

Bentonville, AR 10K, 5K, Kids 1k

Registration Ended Fri. Nov 17, 2023 @ 11:59 PM

November 17-18

Come Run, Come All to the Dirt Circus Bentonville!

Dirt Circus is an event series created by UltraSignup to bring together the local running community and celebrate everything we love about trail running. Come and join us under the big top.

This November, the Circus spectacle rolls into Bentonville, Arkansas for an exciting and competitive weekend of running. Explore Bentonville's winding wooded trails in the 5K or 10K race. This event is made possible through our partnership with Rush Running and the town of Bentonville. Come get to know Northwest Arkansas for yourself!

10K Prize Purse: $10,000!

Event Partners

We're excited to partner with Rush Running and Visit Bentonville to bring you this incredible event!
Rush Running Co and Visit Bentonville Logos

And a big important shout out and thank you to Trailblazers, the non-profit bringing you incredible trails across northwest Arkansas.
Trailblazers Logo

Why Bentonville?

Known as the “mountain biking capital of the world,” Bentonville, Arkansas is home to an amazing network of trails. Along with being an up and coming hub for art, food, and culture, Bentonville’s passion for outdoor adventures makes it the perfect place to build a new trail running festival that brings the feel of a European trail village stateside.

For information on Dirt Circus events in other cities check out!

Event Details

Schedule - Friday, November 17

9:00-10:00am - Meet at Corner of Memorial park and MLK (inside Memorial park) for a social shakeout run led by Mike Rush with the elite competiors as well
Enjoy an all-paces 3-5 mile shakeout run. After the run, stop on in the store and to pick up any last minute items for tomorrow's race.

10:00am-6:00pm - Packet Pick-up at Rush Running
7:30pm - The Circus kicks off at 8th street market - Join fellow runners for dinner get the trail party started!

Schedule - Saturday, November 18

6:00am - Packet Pick-up on-site for 5K and 10K events
Look for the UltraSignup tent at the race location at Handcut Hollow.

7:30am - 10K race takes off!
Start the day with the Dirt Circus 10K, runners will compete for first prize to win a $3,000 prize! All runners will enjoy the challenge of the winding and technical trail system. Test yourself on this 10K route.

8:00am - 5K runners start
5K runners will head out into the trails for a 5k fun run.

9:00am - Kids 1K runners start
1K runners will head out into the trails for a Kids 1k fun run. with a finishers medal
9:00-11:00am - Relax and Enjoy the Circus!
Finishers will celebrate with a post-race brew from Bentonville Brewing Co! Hang out and connect with other local runners and brands and hear about the local running community and events nearby from race directors and local clubs!

10:00am - Raffle Prizes announced.

Partner Store: Rush Running Co.

6:00pm - The Circus weekend ends at Bentonville Brewing Company - Join fellow runners for dinner get the trail party started!

10K Race Prize Purse

The Bentonville 10K race has a $10,000 total prize purse across a mens and womens division.

1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1250
3rd Place: $750

Where to Stay in Bentonville

Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott Bentonville: Located just minutes from the Downtown Bentonville Square and just off I-49. Learn More

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bentonville
Beautiful hotel with a warm and friendly staff to welcome your group. Conviently located at
the corner of J St & Walton Blvd, minutes to 8th Street Market, downtown Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Momentary, and more. Learn More

Wingate Bentonville Airport
Wingate Bentonville Airport by Wyndham is the closest airport to NW Arkansas Regional Airport and offers modernly appointment king and queen standard rooms, as well as King Suites. Complimentary
round-trip shuttle service is available from the airport and can be reserved through the front desk. Learn More


Bentonville 10K Route
Download 10K GPX File

An exciting, technical, and challenging 10K route winds through Bentonville's Handcut Hollow. Who will be the fastest and take home the prize?

6.23 miles, 735ft of elevation gain

Bentonville 5K Route
Download 5K GPX File

Origin Story

In 2020, UltraSignup sold to new owners, a group of runners who were amazed by how the trail running community rallied to support one another through the pandemic. They had an idea to celebrate trail running in a whole new way in late 2021, organized the first Trail Party. The response was incredible. The community was hungry to connect, to gather, to celebrate all things trail running. And so in 2023, we took all that enthusiasm and dreamed up the Dirt Circus.

Why a Circus? Once upon a time, ultrarunning looked a little different. The sport has its roots in pedestrianism, where people would gather under the big top and walk and run for sport. Bets were made, the limits were pushed, and popularity soared. So come entertain yourselves with us, under the metaphorical big top.

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