This Event Took Place Fri. Oct 20, 2023

The Legendary Syllamo Trail System

The trail name dates back to an 1800s resident of the area. Eventually the name was anglicized to its current form - Sylamore (SIL-a-more). You'll notice all the tributes to Syllamo in the area - Sylamore Ranger District, Sylamore Creek, North Sylamore Hiking Trail.

Your experience at Bad Jack's Trail Fest uses the Bad Branch and Jack's Branch Loops at Syllamo, hence the name.
Participants have the option to enjoy one, two, or all three days!


Day One - 5:00pm - Jackalope 5k
Kick off your epic Trail Weekend with a challenging mini introduction to the local trails. Stunning scenery as you climb up above the valley below.

Day Two - 8:00am - Full and Half Marathon Trail Runs
Experience some of the best singletrack in the State! Challenging climbs, unique rock gardens, and technical footing combine with long flowing downhills.

Half 13.1 Miles - Jack's Branch Only
Full 26.2 Miles - Bad Branch and Jack's Branch Loops

Day Three - 8:00am - Mountain Bike Races - Classic Syllamo!
Climb hard out of Blanchard Springs to be rewarded with super fun, flowy singletrack.

Half MTB (16 miles)...but still a challenge! - Bad Branch Only
Full MTB Marathon (26.2 miles)...get ready to send it! - Bad Branch and Jack's Branch Loops

Stage Races

Compete all three days as a Stage Race! The lowest aggregate time wins!

Fully Jacked
5k Run, 26.2 Run, 26.2 Mtn. Bike

Bad Jack's
5k Run, 13.1 Run, 26.2 Mtn. Bike

Half Jack's
5k Run, 13.1 Run, 16 Mtn. Bike

Entry Fees

Before September 1st:
Friday 5k - $35
Saturday Half or Full - $55
Sunday Mtb Half or Full - $60
Stage Races - $135

September 1st to the day before the race:
Friday 5k - $45
Saturday Half or Full - $65
Sunday Mtb Half or Full - $70
Stage Races - $155

Race Day - Cash Only:
Friday 5k - $50
Saturday Half or Full - $75
Sunday Mtb Half or Full - $80
Stage Races - $175

Entry fee includes:
Free camping
Great race swag, cavern tours, and other activities.
Donations to further support trail maintenance and development.
Homemade meals after each event.

Note - Dinnerware is not provided as we work to minimize our waste for this event.
Extra meal tickets may be purchased for family or friends at checkout. $10 per day, per person.

Swag not guaranteed for entries after October 14th. We will provide Swag if we have enough.
Meals not guaranteed for race day entries. We will be happy to provide a meal if all the preregistered athletes have received a meal. We will be happy to sell extra meal tickets on race day if we have enough.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before August 31st.

NO REFUND thereafter.

Stage entries are limited to 125. Total entries are limited to 250


It all begins with a special location. Blanchard Springs is an idyllic outdoor recreation area nestled in a picturesque Sylamore Creek Valley. Join us for a weekend full of outdoor activities and never have to leave the area. Food, restrooms, and showers on location. Camping for the full weekend is available for FREE at the large group sites and is first come, first serve. There are also many unique cabins and other lodging options located minutes from Blanchard.

Be sure to check out the website and follow the Facebook page for more information.

Along with the guided cavern tours, float fishing and canoeing on the White River and visiting local Folk attractions, we’ll have numerous other activities for your amusement. Activities can be found on the Program Page and will be announced on Social Media over time. Blanchard Springs is also a great place to do nothing, to unwind and enjoy Nature!

Event's current local time: 3:04 PM CT


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