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Bad Jack’s Trail Fest this weekend!

An Immersive 3 Day outdoor experience.

Bringing together Mountain Biking, Trailrunning & Rock Climbing over a 3 day festival style event. Free camping, great food, live music and a load of fun & games!  Located at Blanchard Springs, Arkansas.

Click here for Bad Jack’s Trail Fest Facebook page.

Click here for more information from Syllamo Events.

Weekend Schedule

Friday- 5:00PM

Jackalope 5K Trail Run

Kick off your epic Trail Weekend with a challenging mini introduction to the Jack’s Branch Loop. Stunning scenery as you climb up, down and around Sylamore Creek Hollow.

Jackalope 5K Course

Saturday- 9:00AM

Bad Jack’s Heavy Half Trail Run

Experience one of the best trail loops in the Natural State! Challenging climbs, unique rock gardens and technical footing combine with long flowing downhills. Jack’s Branch Loop has it all!

Heavy Half Trail Run Course

Saturday Shenanigans

  • Bouldering Competition- Check-in and introduction @ 2PM.
  • Mountain Bike Pre-Ride- 4PM.
  • Live Music- Darkish

Sunday- 8:00AM

Bad Jack’s Mountain Bike Marathon (26.2mi)

Classic Syllamo! Climb hard out of Blanchard Springs on CR52 Doubletrack and be rewarded with super fun, flowy singletrack on the Bad Branch Loop & the more challenging Jack’s Branch Loop. This course has it all!

Mountain Bike Marathon Course

Half Bad Mountain Bike Ride (16mi)

Great opportunity to experience the Mountain Bike course minus the more challenging Jack’s Branch Loop. Same start time as the full Bad Jack’s race.

Half Bad Course


The Swag.

We love supporting local artists and will have unique finishing awards crafted by Workspace No.4. Special recognition will be given to those completing all Three Days of Bad Jack’s. Participants will also receive a sweet long sleeve shirt & custom socks.

Complimentary meals are provided by 1906 Coffee Co and will occur Friday at 6PM, Saturday at Noonish and on Sunday at 11AM.

Friday Evening: Penne Pasta Marinara, Toast & Dessert

Saturday Evening: Vegetarian Taco Soup & Dessert

Sunday: Assorted warm foods & Dessert

Blanchard Springs Campground

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 with plenty of room for everyone. There are also many unique cabins and lodging options located minutes from Blanchard.

Entry Fees.

Stage entry fee $135 (or) $35 for 5k, $55 for Half Marathon and $60 for MTB Marathon individually before August 1st.

After August 1st the Stage entry fee will be $155 (or) $45 for 5k, $65 for Half Marathon and $70 for MTB Marathon & Half Jack MTB individually.

Entry fee will include food, giveaways, great race swag and donations to further support trail maintenance and development along with three days of fun, fellowship, and games.

Dinnerware is not provided as we work to minimize our waste for this event.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before August 31st.

NO REFUND thereafter.

Stage entries are limited to 150. Total entries are limited to 300 Proceeds from the event will ensure the annual maintenance of both the Jack’s Branch Loop & Bad Branch Loop before the event. We are also working on acquiring more and more tools that can be checked out at Norfork Adventure Supply in Norfork, Arkansas. These tools will be made available to those interested in helping to maintain the Syllamo Trail System.

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