About the race
Years ago when I was first asked to investigate the possibility of staging a trail race at Big South Fork, I never imagined what a wonderful race and event this would become. Now, as we prepare for our 20th Anniversary running on September 28, 2013, I'm as excited about it as ever. If you are a runner and a lover of the outdoors, this is the race for you! And this year we'll again offer a 10k trail run for those who are reluctant to try the full distance.
Local time: 4:58 AM
The 17.5 Mile course is challenging, of course, but not so tortuous that you can't find your rhythm and stride for long portions of the race. We start with around a half mile of pavement to get you going, followed by a little over a mile on a gravel road to let everyone spread out. After that, it's all single-track starting with a beautiful descent through the old Litton Farm. Three miles later we reach the Grand Gap loop, a 6.8 mile loop with gorgeous views of the gorge containing the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Following the loop, the 5 mile trek into the finish is highlighted by bluffs and a couple of ladders to climb near the end. The 10k course will be an out and back loop course that is primarily singletrack.
Post-Race is a great party with great food served before the awards ceremony.
Our numbers are growing every year and we usually have participants from 9 or 10 states. It's a great change of pace for the road runner and a great prep for a half-marathon, marathon or ultra.