Jan 05, 2025 at 8:00 AM

Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon & Blaylock Creek 17M

Big Fork AR,


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Entry Fee $0
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Prize Money: no


  • 26.2M
  • 17M (27 km)

Series: ABF is part of the AURA UTS

Type: Trail

Participant Limit: 200

Course Map: Download Map

Starting Elevation: 1050

High Point: 1850

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 90%

First Year of the Event: 1999

Men's Record: T J David (2021) 4:07:48

Women's Record: Chantel Pennicott (2024) 4:56:00


The Athens-Big Fork Trail Marathon and Blaylock Creek 17 Mile Fun Run take place on the Athens-Big Fork Trail. This is actually > 100 year old horse postal trail. After running this, you will wish you had a horse!

The race starts at the Big Fork Community Center located on Hwy 8 on the eastern side of the town of Big Fork.

The course is an out and back course. You first run 2-1/2 miles on roads – paved and gravel up to the start of the trail. Then you enter the Athens-Big Fork Trail – White Blazes. Follow the trail over 8 mountains. The 8 mountain crossings on the trail are:
Hurricane Knob
Brier Creek
Big Tom
You pop out of the trail and need to go about a half mile down the gravel road to get your full 13.1. Then you turn around and go back. It’s that easy!
The 17 Mile Blaylock Creek Fun Run only gets to run half of the hills. You will turn around at the Aid Station just across Blaylock Creek.

What this means to you the runner. Here are some statistics for you to consider – this is the “out” of the out and back:
Max Elevation: 1850
Min Elevation: 1050
Climbing Elevation Gain: 7,000+ feet
Climbing Distance: 7.10 miles
Average Grade: 12%



Past Event Dates

Held on Jan 07, 2023

Held on Jan 08, 2022

Held on Jan 09, 2021

Held on Jan 04, 2020

Held on Jan 05, 2019

Held on Jan 06, 2018

Held on Jan 07, 2017

Held on Jan 08, 2016

Held on Jan 03, 2015

Held on Jan 07, 2014

Held on Jan 15, 2013

Held on Jan 07, 2012

Held on Jan 08, 2011

Held on Jan 02, 2010

Held on Jan 03, 2009

Held on Jan 05, 2008

Held on Jan 06, 2007

Held on Jan 07, 2006

Held on Jan 01, 2005

Held on Jan 03, 2004

Held on Jan 04, 2003

Held on Jan 05, 2002

Held on Jan 06, 2001

Held on Jan 01, 2000

Held on Jan 02, 1999