Yamacraw 10k

Saturday April 7th, 2018 9:45 AM

The Yamacraw 10k trail race follows the Blue Heron Loop Trail at the Blue Heron Mining Community in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The course features gorge overlooks, river views with Class IV whitewater rapids, rock overhangs, waterfalls and sandstone bluffs. Several wooden step ladders appear throughout the course that runners will have to traverse including the a cave-like passage called “Crack-in-the-Rock”. The course might be a lot shorter than it’s sister race but it’s no slouch. The Yamacraw 10k starts with a challenging uphill climb of close to 775 feet within the first 1.5 miles offering runners of all ages and experience both a challenging and enjoyably scenic race.

**There is a 3 hour cutoff time for the Yamacraw 10k

**Portions of the proceeds benefit the National Park Foundation  and National Forest Foundation.

Race Day Check-in

Race Day Check-in for the 10K race will be take place at Blue Heron Mining Community from 8:30 to 9:30 am. All participants for the 10K are asked to park at Blue Heron Mining Community.


We will have unique awards for the top male and female finishers.
All 10k finishers will receive a finishers award.

By the numbers

Distance: 6.4 miles / 10k
Elevation Gain: 1,171 ft
Elevation Loss: 1,158 ft
Singletrack: 95%
Paved roadway: 5%
Aid Station: 1

Course Map

Download PDF course map here.
Detailed Course Description

Course Markings:

The course will be marked so that race participants should be able to see from each course marking to the next to help guide them along the course. Signage and/or volunteers will be strategically placed at locations that could be confusing to runners.  The course will be marked with course marking flags, tape, and signs to help keep race participants on course at all times.

Aid Stations:

There is one fully stocked aid station located along the 10k course as well as aid provided at the finish. The aid station will be supplied with water, electrolyte drink, gels, snacks, first aid, and enthusiastic volunteers!

Mile 3.3: Gorge Overlook (Cut-Off Time: 11:15 AM/1:30 Hrs.)
Mile 6.1: Finish Blue Heron Mining Community (Cut-Off Time: 12:45 PM/3:00 Hrs.)

Notable Race Policies

The 50k, 20k, and 10k races are cup-free races. Each runner is responsible for bringing their own reusable cup or water bottle.
Cut-off times will be strictly enforced for the safety of the runners and the volunteers.
Runners must check into and out of each aid station. This is for the safety of the runners and volunteers.
Any runner wishing to drop from the race must inform the nearest aid station captain.
Runners must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
There will be no crewing/pacing of runners permitted.

Visit the Race Policies page for a complete list of rules and policies.

Just a final note, while the course will be marked, these trails will still remain open to the public. Please be courteous to all park visitors.

Elevation Gain
Elevation Loss