Results just came out for this challenging low-key run from back in January, the Athens Big Fork Trail marathon in western Arkansas.
As stated by the event organizers, this is not an event for trail newbies as they do not have the interest or personnel to go looking for your lost butt. No joke!
An IQ test is also included to deter folks – “If you cannot find the Big Fork Community Center without further instructions–please disregard this race.”
This scamper has both a marathon and 17 mile scamper that guides runners on a 100+ year old postal trail. The marathon runs the out-and-back course twice which includes some road before running up some gnarly trail that includes 4600 feet of climbing with an average grade of 12%. Now do it twice!
111 played and 111 were accounted for at the end of the day!
Darin Schneidewind trailed the leader by a couple minutes at the halfway point before moving to the front at around the 18 mile mark. With a chase group pushing, Darin would not be caught and won the male race in 4:49:29.
Adam Dearing crossed the line second in 4:59.
Top 5 male
- Darin Schneidewind – 4:49:29
- Adam Dearing – 4:59
- Steve McBee – 5:04:28
- Mike Rush – 5:04:28
- Stephen O’Neal – 5:16:57
Alison Jumper separated herself from the main pointy end group to finish ninth overall and win the female race in 5:23.
Julia Barbel and Natalie McBee were separated by a scant 10 seconds with Julia sneaking across the line first for second place honors in 5:49:40.
Top 5 female
- Alison Jumper – 5:23
- Julia Barbel – 5:49:40
- Natalie McBee – 5:49:50
- Katie Helms – 6:08:31
- Deb Baker – 6:16:40
Kathy Wilson went sub-4 for the 17 mile scamper to win the female race in 3:52:37 and finish seventh overall.
Kristin Snyder was alone in second and crossed the line in 4:34.
Top 5 female
- Kathy Wilson – 3:52:37
- Kristin Snyder – 4:34
- Cecilia Maggard – 4:50
- Whitney Kirby – 4:50
- Becka Gartner – 5:26
Blake Shaw averaged under an 11 min/mile pace to create a 26+ minute gap and win the male race in 3:03:46.
Brandon Gardner created a small gap from the chase group to finish second in 3:30:15.
Top 5 male
- Blake Shaw – 3:03:46
- Brandon Gardner – 3:30:15
- Tim Hall – 3:34:39
- Nico Hall – 3:44:45
- Jeremy Pate – 3:46
Besides the above two distances, a group of 10 ran between 12 and 13.1 miles.
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.
The Tough-as-Nails award recipients:
- Tom Lane appeared to roll through as the final finisher but no time. Eric Steele and Polly Choate enjoyed the miles together and crossed the finish in 9:13:59.
- “I looked at the results from previous years, and thought I can do that. So I set out to run this race and see what I could do. Most people would taper for a race like this, but not runnerfreak.” by Darin @ RUNNERFREAK
- “This section of the trail was pretty overgrown so bushwhacking was in order. As was giving some distance to the runner in front of you or paying the price with a branch swinging back and hitting you where it counts.” by RunningFarmer
Let’s talk Dirt
- How was the trail adventure?
- How long are some of the biggest climbs?
- With all the climbing on the way out, how did the quads handle all the downhill grade on the way back?
Special thanks to Russell Bennett for all the great scamper photos you see above!
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