2018 Photos


TRAIL RUNS are pretty basic. Both runs will start at Dillard's Ferry / Hwy 14 Bridge and take off towards Spring Creek.  At Spring Creak, Half Marathon participants will turn around and return to finish back at Hwy 14 Bridge.  Marathon runners will pass through Spring Creek, pass through Maumee and continue another 2 miles before turning around for the return.

BIATHLON participants have streamlined process to follow.  On race day (Sunday) athletes will take their mark at the Hwy 14 Bridge and run the Buffalo River Trail to Spring Creek where vessels will be waiting in Transition.  Athletes will strap on their PFDs and take off down stream to Hwy 14 Bridge where the finish line is on the water.

For those bringing their own vessels, boats will be dropped off at packet pickup at Buffalo Point with the outfitters who will then shuttle your boats to the transition area at Spring Creek.  Vessels will be labeled with corresponding bib numbers.  Athletes are not permitted to self-shuttle their vessels to Spring Creek.  This rule is in place for several reasons, namely to alleviate congestion on the tiny Spring Creek Rd. and for security.  All boats taken to transition will be guarded overnight.  We may use vicious dogs or even cub scouts to watch over property.

Renting athletes will find that their vessels will be magically labeled with corresponding bib numbers at transition when arriving at Spring Creek.  PFDs and paddles will be along side the boats for use.

TEAMS vs. RELAY Options:

TEAMS are defined as two athletes who will run the trail together and finish as a team together in their own tandem kayak or rented canoe.  Teams who are renting will be given a canoe as tandem kayaks are not available as rental.

RELAY is defined as two athletes where one of which runs the trail and passes a baton to the other athlete who will complete the float and cross the finish line.


SHUTTLE - This is for those who are bringing their own vessel to the biathlon.  Athletes will drop off their vessel, paddles and PFDs at packet pick-up.  River outfitters will transport boats to the transition area.  Boats will be stored and secured.


Those who attempt to, or do, bring their own boats to transition area will be DQ'd and will not receive a refund.

RENTAL - Those who are not bringing their own boat must use this option.  This is a higher fee than the other option as we are renting boats from local river outfitters.  Your boat will be waiting for you with paddles and a PFD at transition.  

Teams who are renting will be given a canoe.  Tandem kayaks are not available as rentals.


Cut Off Times - The Marathon & Half will start at 7:00 am and have a finishing cut-off time of 3:00 pm (8 hours).  We haven't finished dissecting the course for cut-off times at different check points, we'll post that as soon as we know. 

The Biathlon is a little more lenient as we want everyone to be safe on both the trail and water.  We feel that everyone should be completed by 2:00 (6 hours).  All athletes should be at the Spring Creek Road Checkpoint by 11:00.

Trail Technicality - The trail is single track and should be considered difficult for most runners.  With breath taking views upon the bluffs and treking down to creek beds, the course offers some great elevation gains across challenging single track!

Each day's event limited to 200 participants.  Onsite registration only available if event has not sold out.

2018 Official Results

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Trail Runs

Start at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge)

Saturday, April 27 @ 7:00 am


Start at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge)

Sunday, April 28, @ 9:00 am

Buffalo National River

Harriet / Yellville, Arkansas 

April 27 & 28, 2019

36.066239, -92.577993

Event Description

Saturday, April 27, 2019


results & photos

the cause

divisions / awards

​Photos Provided by 
Terra Fondriest Photography

Rates & Dates

The Buffalo National River Biathlon and Trail Runs will give awards in 10 year age group increments by gender as well as top 3 overall male and female.  Separate awards will be given out for Relay Teams and Tandem Teams.  Here's a glimpse of 2018's swag!

April 27 & 28, 2019

The Buffalo River Trail is an amazing trail system.  Learn more about theBuffalo River Trail here

Thank you to our local outfitters for making race day possible!

​Photos Provided by 
Arkansas Parks & Tourism

This event is both a trail run and run/kayak biathlon weekend extravaganza! 

The trail run consists of a TRAIL MARATHON and a TRAIL HALF MARATHON along the Buffalo River Trail.   Taking place on Saturday, April 27, the half is an out and back between Dillard's Ferry and Spring Creek.  The Marathon passes over the Spring Creek Rd. and continues through the South Maumee section for another 2 miles and is also an out and back.

The BIATHLON is a 6.8 mile trail run on the Buffalo River Trail from Dillard's Ferry to Spring Creek followed by a 4.6 mile canoe/kayak race from Spring Creek back to Dillard's Ferry taking place on Sunday, April 28.  Biathlon participants my bring their own kayaks or rent.  Either option is available through registration.  Those who rent will find their vessel waiting for them at the transition area tagged with a number corresponding to their bibs.  All fees have been built into the registration pricing.

Additionally, the night of Saturday the 27th, there will be packet pick up, a dinner, and live music at Buffalo Point!  The Mellow Mountain Band will again grace us with their sweet sound.


  • Marathon & Half Marathon maps HERE- Half Marathon will turn around at the Spring Creek Turnaround and the Marathon will go all the way out to the South Maumee Turnaround.

  • Biathlon map and elevation chart is HERE.  - Biathlon participants will follow the Buffalo River Trail from Dillard's Ferry heading south to Spring Creek Road, then take the road into the Spring Creek Campground where boats will be staged for the second part of the course.  


Friday April, 26

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Trail Runs ONLY Packet Pick Up - Friday, April 26 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Buffalo Point Campground Pavilion #3

Saturday April, 27

  • 6:00 am - 6:30 am:  Trail Runs ONLY Packet Pick Up at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge / race start and finish location).
  • 6:45 am:  Safety talk & Announcements
  • 7:00 am Race start
  • 3:00 pm - Trail Run finish / cut-off time
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm:  Biathlon Packet Pick Up and Drop Off at Buffalo Point Campground Pavilion #3.  Athletes can pick up packets and drop off personal craft at this time.   
  • 5:00 pm:  Dinner is served
  • 7:00 pm * ???: Mellow Mountain Band Plays

Sunday April, 28

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am:  Biathlon Packet Pick Up at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge / race start and finish location).
  • 8:45 am:  Safety talk & Announcements
  • 9:00 am: Race starts
  • 9:15 am: Relay Team Shuttle departs Dillards Ferry to Spring Creek
  • 11:00 am: Run portion cut-off time
  • 2:00 pm: Float cut-off time

2016 Photos & Results

​Photos Provided by 
Kirk Jordan

The Buffalo National River Biathlon is supported by the Buffalo National River Partners and the Lower Buffalo River Association. 

​Photos Provided by 
Casey Crocker


The Buffalo National River Biathlon benefits the North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists who provide an abundance of services "Working to keep Arkansas in its Natural State!"

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The Partners formed because of common interests in the Buffalo River. Our purposes, as stated in our mission statement, are dedicated to the promotion, appreciation, preservation and protection of the Buffalo River. The goals of the Partners are to provide volunteer and financial resources to Buffalo National River which will assist with a variety of projects to enhance facilities, improve visitor experiences and preserve the unique natural and cultural features of the Buffalo National River. 

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The Buffalo National River Biathlon and Pirate Perry Events will uphold the Policies found HERE:

Biathlon Full-O-Meter

200 Athletes!
100%As of 4/2/19
95%As of 3/31/19
90%As of 3/26/19
80%As of 3/17/19
70%As of 3/3/19
60%As of 2/16/19
50%As of 1/11/19
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Sunday, April 28, 2019


when & where

The best place to say is at the Buffalo Point Camp Ground! 

The Buffalo Point Campground accepts reservations up to six months in advance. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Loops B, C, and D have water and electrical amenities and are suitable for tents or RVs. Loops A and E are strictly first come, first served. There are five walk-in tent sites (A - E) that are reservable as well. All reservations are available through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Sites with water and electric are $22/night and walk-in tent sites are $16/night. You can learn more about the Buffalo Point Campground at the park's website or by calling the Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 870-449-4311. 

Campground Amenities:
Flush Restrooms
Water Hookups
Electrical Hookups
Fire Grate
Picnic Table
Lantern Hook

Camping Rules:
Check-out time:  12:00 pm
Check-in time:  1:00 pm
Quiet hours:  10:00 pm to 6:00 am
Generator hours:  8:00 am to 8:00 pm
6 persons maximum per site
Do not reserve additional campsites for others              
Keep all vehicles on roads and parking areas
Camp only at marked sites
Use dead and down wood for campfires
Do not damage trees or shrubs
Keep pets on leash and do not leave them unattended

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