Bentonville stakeholders say city is mountain biking capital of the world

Bentonville city leaders, tourism officials and other backers, including Tom and Steuart Walton’s Runway Group, say that Bentonville’s premium mountain biking experience is the result of a concerted effort by the community and its leaders, along with a clear vision and a foundation for what is possible. Read MORE.

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Former British prime minister Boris Johnson compares Bentonville to heaven; McConaughey discusses Uvalde at summit
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Boris Johnson, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, told a Bentonville crowd Wednesday he has a more "firm view of the afterlife" from attending the Heartland Summit there, comparing the town to "heaven, absolute heaven" after bicycling along trails there earlier that day. The final speaker was actor Matthew…Read More

Event Celebrates Bentonville Cycling Scene
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Individuals from the bike industry convened Wednesday evening (October 18) for a social event celebrating Bentonville’s mountain biking scene, Team USA athletes, and PeopleForBikes. Team USA dedicated two of their competition jerseys to Kalene Griffith (Visit Bentonville) and Steuart Walton (Runway Group) for their support and contributions to the team.

Bentonville unveils new Airplane Rescue Firefighting truck
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This week the City of Bentonville unveiled their new Airplane Rescue Firefighting truck. This vehicle is designed to handle emergencies involving airplanes and will live at fire station #6 on I St. The ARFF truck was purchased with a grant from the Runway Fund at the recommendation of Steuart Walton.

Runway Group posts Buffalo River poll results online
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Runway Group of Bentonville has released the detailed results of a poll it commissioned to gauge people's interest in changing the Buffalo National River's designation to that of a national park and preserve.

Comments on the Buffalo National River
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As Runway Group and others across the state continue to promote the outdoor economy in Arkansas, we want to make every effort to explore how adequate funding for critical infrastructure and resources would be available to conserve the Buffalo National River area, while maintaining access to the river, hunting, and…Read More

Krista Cupp honored as one of the “Top 100 Women of Impact”
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Congratulations, Krista Cupp, VP, Corporate & Community Affairs at Runway Group for being recognized as one of the "Top 100 Women of Impact."

Cyclists and Farmers Meet to Learn about Rural Recreational Roads
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More than 200 riders converged on the Evans farm Tuesday evening to meet with local farmers and share experiences about gravel cycling, the fastest-growing cycling sport in the US. Wes Evans and his wife, Laura, were named Benton County Farm Family of the Year in May. They hosted the event…Read More

Rock climbing ascends to the forefront of outdoor recreation
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Dennis Nelms said he’s been taking cues from the Northwest Arkansas cycling community by bringing accessible climbs closer to the people who want to get outside.

Wall Street Journal: Bentonville Is Becoming a New Capital of Cool
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"Bentonville, it turns out, is a bit of a Coolsville but, so far as I could see, without a whiff of pretension."

Tech workers share why they relocated to Arkansas from Texas and California
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Northwest Arkansas — with a metro area consisting of Benton, Madison, and Washington counties — has become the country's 100th-largest metro area with the latest crop of movers. From April 2020 to July 2022, its population increased 5.4% to 576,403, according to the latest US Census Bureau data.