Over 200 Big South Fork Visitors Successfully Complete the Go Big 2017 Challenge

Oneida, TN (2017-12-21) In 2017, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area challenged visitors to spend time exploring and gathering information about the natural and cultural resource found in the park.  To date, over 200 participants have successfully completed the Go Big 2017 Challenge.

Group photo of participants that successfully completed the challenge (Source: NPS)

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area hosted the Go Big 2017 Challenge celebration at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  The event was the culmination of a year-long challenge to park visitors to explore over 50 different destinations inside the park, while earning points for gathering information about the natural and cultural resources found there.  Visitors also hiked, ran, and rode mountain bikes and horses to gather points.

During the celebration, the park recognized visitors for their accomplishments with a presentation of special awards.

Winners for each category were:

  • Most Miles Hiked – Angela Draughn, Jamestown, Tennessee, and Renee Evrett, Brownsville, Kentucky
  • Most Miles on Horseback – Brenda Goett and Susan Bertch, Jamestown, Tennessee
  • Most Miles Mountain Biked – Jeff Murphy, Crab Orchard, Tennessee
  • Most Challenges Completed – Angela Draughn, Jamestown, Tennessee, and Jeff and Rachel Murphy, Crab Orchard, Tennessee
  • Most Overall Points – Jeff and Rachel Murphy, Crab Orchard, Tennessee
  • Go Big 2017 Challenge Trail Keeper – Joe Cross, Oneida, Tennessee
  • Furthest Distance Traveled to Complete the Challenge – Renee Evrett, Brownsville, Kentucky
  • Largest Team to Complete the Challenge – McCreary County Library Reading Rangers

Participants have until the end of the year to still complete the challenge and turn in their booklets for a special Go Big 2017 Challenge patch.  For more information, please contact Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.