Hugs, High-5s, and Whiskey shots highlight the vibe of the Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon in west-central Arkansas and takes place the first Saturday of January since it’s inaugural adventure back in 1999 that had four runners and three volunteers.
This year 107 runners laced them up to play in the marathon or 17 mile Fun Run.
While the vibe is laid back, the course has some attitude. Eight mountains await your visit…and then you get to turn around. Rain and falling temps throughout the day added to the memories created from this one.
Chris Block and Josh Snyder, each having won the race over the past two years, cruised back into the Big Fork Community Center with a race time of 4:33 to lead the men’s marathon scamper.
Rachel Furman put together a 5:48 to defend in the women’s marathon.
Hot Springs runners, Erin Miller and Josh Drake, were our final Tough-As-Nails finishers and completed all eight mountains – twice – and crossed the finish line in 9:48.
The 17 mile Fun Run was led by Tommy Brennan of Oklahoma in a time of 3:16.
Jenny Chitwood was fourth to arrive at the finish and win the female 17 miler in 4:10.
Ages between 21 and 75 spent the day together in nature. Love it!
And now my favorite part…and I hope you enjoy it too.
Moments from the Trail
I asked a few runners:
Could you share the detailed story of ONE specific moment during your Athens Big Fork adventure that made a special imprint on you?
Enjoy their responses below.