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Fayetteville International Bike Race Adds Walmart as Presenting Sponsor – Talk Business & Politics

Walmart becomes title sponsor of OZCX Weekenda festival-style event that will bring another world-famous cycle race to Fayetteville.

From October 14-16, OZCX weekend will bring the world’s top cyclists to the region for the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, along with fun racing opportunities for kids, families, local cyclists from all levels and corporate teams. . Racing will take place on the purpose-built cyclo-cross course at Fayetteville Centennial Park.

Cyclo-cross is a unique cycling discipline that integrates road cycling, mountain biking and steeplechase. The three days of racing and events will kick off with internationally sanctioned elite-level racing on Friday, followed by a full day of amateur racing on Saturday and culminating in the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup race. sunday. In addition to cycling events, guests of all ages can enjoy food trucks, concerts, and other activities.

All revenue generated from ticket sales will be donated to Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale.

“We are proud to play a role in showcasing Northwest Arkansas and helping to organize an event that will contribute to Arkansas Children’s Northwest’s mission to help families in crisis,” said Casey Schlaybaugh. , vice president of brand marketing at Walmart. “Walmart has a long and deep relationship with ACH and its national partner, Children’s Miracle Network. We are thrilled to sponsor a healthy and fun sporting event for the community right in our backyard.

Shannon Hendrix, senior vice president and chief administrator of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, said OZCX Weekend proceeds and any other contributions, no matter how small, will help the hospital provide care close to home. them to the children of the region.

“No Arkansas child is ever turned away from Arkansas Children’s, but reaching every child requires the support of the entire Arkansas community,” Hendrix said. “We are so grateful to have been selected as a non-profit partner for this exciting event and look forward to cheering on the runners as they compete in northwest Arkansas.”

Earlier this year, Walmart sponsored the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, which drew a crowd of nearly 20,000 to Fayetteville.

“Walmart’s support enables small organizations like ours to plan and host world-class events,” said Michael Spivey, president and CEO of Ozark Outdoor Foundation. “With Walmart and the support of our other sponsors, we will produce a three-day event unlike any other in the World Cup World Series. We are grateful to Walmart for their unwavering advocacy for healthy outdoor recreation in our area.

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