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Dirt Circus is a celebration of community and sport, a spectacle of all things trail running, an exhibition of what's possible when we come together on the trails.



Join us at one of our Dirt Circus stops to meet with race directors, find your next event, run with friends, win prizes and more. Think of it as a live and in-person version of, but even more fun.


Event Director: Rob Goyen


Welcome to the Big Top. November 16-17, 2024 in Bentonville, AR

In 2024 the Dirt Circus Bentonville will offer a free community event, along with 5K, 10K, 25K, and Kids 1K races. 

10K - USATF 10K Trail National ChampionshipUSATF_MUT_Logo-1024x823

  • Saturday November 16
  • $10,000 Prize Purse
  • Men and Women will race separately

25K - USATF Arkansas Association Championship

  • Sunday November 17

More details coming soon!


In Partnership with

visit bentonville
Bentonville Race under the Big Top
Family fun at Dirt Circus Bentonville
1 month free coaching raffle prize
Dirt Circus community run
Runners spending time together at Dirt Circus
So many good raffle prizes at the Dirt Circus Expo

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.

free community events

  • Community Run
  • Raffles and giveaways!
  • Race Expo - learn about races locally and across the US!
  • Local brand reps
  • Food, drinks, and more available for purchase


Q: How much does it cost to attend Dirt Circus?

A: Dirt Circus will have 9 free community events in 9 cities in 2024! The finale event in Bentonville will also include three race options, which you will need to register and pay for. Registration for the Bentonville 5K, 10K, and 25K race opens 4/1.

Q: Where exactly will the events be in each city?

A: You can find this information on the individual event pages. We will continue to add more info as the permits are finalized.

Q: What will the community run be like? Who should participate?

A: The community run will be a 1 hour, no drop run. We encourage all event attendees to participate!

Q: I am an elite runner, how do I compete in the USATF 10k Trail Championship in Bentonville? Is there be a cash prize?

A: The USATF 10k trail national championship race in Bentonville will recognize winners in youth, open, and masters categories. The men and women will race separately. To be eligible for the USATF award categories you must be a registered member of the USATF.

Q: I am a race director, how do I exhibit at a Dirt Circus event?

A: Reach out to Rob Goyen, to get set up in the event expo.

The start of the Bentonville 10K

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