Willis River 50K or Less Fat Ass

This Fat Ass takes place the second or third Sunday of January.  Runners run the Willis River Trail, a trail that runs through Bear Creek Lake State Park and Cumberland State Forest.  Runners have the option of completing a roughly 21k run, a 35k run or a 50k.  Come out and get training miles.  The cost is free!


Runners begin at the Cumberland multi-use trail trailhead in Bear Creek Lake State Park.  After a short stretch (.2 miles) on this they turn left onto the Willis River Trail.  They follow this for roughly 6 miles until they come to the first aid station.  They have the option of turning around at this aid station.  Runners continue on from the aid station to the next aid station on Game Farm road.  This is the turnaround for everyone.  They then retrace their route back to the 21k aid station and back to the start.  Once at the start, they have completed roughly 35k.  If they want to complete a full 50k, they turn right onto the Willis River Trail from the start line and follow it down to Winston Lake.  This is the final turnaround and aid station.  They then return to the start.

**This is a rough course!  The trail does not see much use during the year and is also rerouted frequently by trail maintainers.  You must follow the white blazes and white engineer tape closely.  If you just put your head down and run you will probably run bonus miles.  There are also numerous river crossings.  It’s a winter run.  Accept that your feet will get wet and embrace the suck!


This is a Fat Ass.  Runners will bring goodies to share at the aid stations.  We supply water and basic first aid supplies.  If you want to eat something, bring it!  All goodies will be divided up and sent out to the aid stations.


There is an 8 hour time limit to complete the 50k.  Runners returning to the start line (35k) after 5 hours will not be allowed to complete the 50k.

State Park Maps and Course maps will be available soon.