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Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon 2010 Results

The second half of the winter trail running season in the south midwest region kicked off last weekend with the Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon in Arkansas.

The Course

This out-and-back adventure through the rugged woods contained both a marathon and 17 mile fun run on the Athens-Big Fork trail which is a 100+ year old postal service trail. The marathon athletes traveled over eight mountains and enjoyed a leg burning 4600 feet of elevation gain heading in the “out” direction with a no-wimps average grade of 12%. The 17 milers traveled over four of the mountains.

Overview of Athens-Big Fork trail.

A few pictures of the course.

Results

Marathon

The marathon race had 43 athletes finish the trail running journey.

The male race produced a course record by Tom Brennan with a 4:26:30 for the marathon distance. Second and third saw a tight race between Josh Snyder and Jeffrey Shaw as a mere 74 seconds separated the two.

Top 3 male:

  • Tom Brennan – 4:26:30 (course record!)
  • Josh Snyder – 4:50:33
  • Jeffrey Shaw – 4:51:47

The female race was won by Shirley Hyman with a time of 6:53. The female field was quite small with three runners finishing the event.

Top 3 All female:

  • Shirley Hyman – 6:53
  • Zabrina Medigovich – 7:18
  • Lisa Kedzu-McGinis – 9:48:06

17 Mile Fun Run

The 17 mile run had 12 athletes cross the finish line.

Amy Johnson was first female to work her way through the four mountains with a 4:22 finish time. There were two women that played in this event.

All female:

  • Amy Johnson – 4:22
  • Dianne Seager – 5:12

The male race was fairly tight at the pointy-end with Chad Yocum taking the win and Reid Landes a couple minutes behind.

Top 3 male:

  • Chad Yocum – 3:55
  • Reid Landes – 3:57:28
  • Israel Holby – 4:13

Complete results for 2010.

Race Reports

  • marathon – Fourth finish and some great pictures showcasing the trail. @ trail zombie
  • marathon – Arkansas House Majority Leader shares his first time adventure. @ Under the Dome

Congrats to everyone that enjoyed some early 2010 time on the trail. It sounded like a good one.

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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