We are running on the Trails
Just an update to confirm that we are running on the trails for the trail run on Saturday.
NEW! 12hr time limits - all distance
Need more time? 12 hour time limit for the 50 mile, as well as the 60k, Marathon, and 23k.
Welcome to LBL Trail runs
From the members of West Kentucky Runners Club, the people of Grand Rivers, KY, and the Rangers from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Welcome!! to the 14th running of the Land Between the Lakes trail runs.
Thank you to the over 5000 runners who have supported LBL runs, and, for those of you considering running your first LBL, welcome to the family.
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (www.lbl.org) is a wonderful place. You might see bald eagles in flight, or perhaps you'll want to visit the Bison and Elk area.
Plan on spending a little extra time at LBL
Please visit www.wkrc.org and click on the link for lots of information.
The course starts down past the sailboats at Lighthouse Landing along the beautiful Kentucky Lake shoreline... one of the prettiest starting areas you'll experience. The first 1.9 miles are run behind a Police Escort on paved roads to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, where the trail begins. (This section should allow for separation of participants before entering the trail).
The Canal Loop trail (designated by blue markers on trees), is a scenic, well groomed 11.3 mile loop on mostly single-track between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; offering many breathtaking views of the lakes, and several short challenging hills. (around 800' of gain/loop)
Depending upon the distance chosen, a runner will run 1 loop for the 23k, 2 loops for the Marathon, 3 loops for the 60k, or, for the 50 milers, 4 loops plus a short (.62 miles out and .62 miles back) on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive before heading back via road to the finish line in Grand Rivers.
Trail shoes are recommended, but not necessary. All larger creek crossings have bridges, and the trail drains very well in the event of rain. (Snow and packed ice?... well, that's a different story. Fortunately this story is not told very often.)
Normal temperatures for the area are 63/40.
Schedule of Events
All times are Central Standard Time
Packet Pick up:
Friday March 10 -- 3pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rivers Community Center located at 155 W. Cumberland St, Grand Rivers, KY 42045; behind 1st Kentucky Bank,
across the street from Badgett Playhouse - turn east off of Hwy 453 across from Lighthouse Landing.
Pasta Dinner: Friday from 5pm - 8pm (or until food is gone). Same location as the packet pick up. GREAT Dinner of salad, pasta meat sauce or veggie, drink, and dessert for only $12 adult or $6 kid (12 and under). PAY AT THE DOOR, cash only. (note: there is an ATM at the bank next door).
Saturday March 11
Race Day Parking begins at 04:45. Volunteers will be at the intersection of W. Commerce and 453 (main entrance) to assist you with parking. Your parked car will be anywhere from 100 yards to .1 mile from the Finish
05:00 - 06:00 Packet pick for those arriving race morning. -- Grand Rivers Community Center, 155 W. Cumberland St, Grand Rivers, KY 42045
PORTA JOHNS: There will be several located behind the Community Center. You don't have to wait in a long line in the Community Center. There will also be another bunch over at the start area.
RACE STARTS AT 06:30 Central Time this year
The START is at the shoreline of Kentucky Lake down past the sailboats at Lighthouse Landing.
The race will start on time... so please be there 15 minutes beforehand for final instructions, etc
TIME LIMITS: All races are officially over at 6:30pm... meaning a 12 hour time limit. 50 milers must start their 4th loop by 3:00pm or be sent to the finish line to receive their 60k buckle and finishing time. 60km runners must start their 3rd loop by 2:15pm or be sent to the finish line to receive their Marathon medal and finishing time.
Finish Line is in front of the Grand Rivers Tourism Office located at 1858 JH O'Bryan Ave, Grand Rivers.
Awards are given as runners cross the finish line. Please get your finishers awards (or Top 5 awards) before you leave the finish area.
Wonderful Post race food is furnished by the ladies and gentlemen of the Grand Rivers area, at the Community Center across the street from the finish line.
Showers are available at, and compliments of Lighthouse Landing Resort; please bring your own towels and body wash.
Lodging - Camping
One of the beauties of LBL is its proximity to I-24 and Grand Rivers, KY. Its only 3.3 miles from I-24 exit 31 to Grand Rivers.
We highly recommend the two top-class resorts at Grand Rivers:
Lighthouse Landing - 320 W. Commerce St, Grand Rivers 270-362-8201, located on the shore of beautiful Kentucky Lake. These condos sell out first. www.lighthouselanding.com
Green Turtle Bay resort - 263 Green Turtle Bay Dr, Grand Rivers 270-362-8364, located one mile from the start/finish. Shuttle service available. Many amenities for you and your guest. 1,2,3, & 4 bedroom condos available, all overlooking Lake Barkley. 2 night minimum. Get some friends and family together and share costs. It's worth it. www.greenturtlebay.com
Grand Rivers Inn - 1949 JH O'Bryan, Grand Rivers. 270-362-4487 Located 1 block from the finish. Older, but clean rooms and a few cabins for rent. 2 night minimum. Very convenient.
If you're not staying in Grand Rivers, then definitely consider Pattis Inns & Suites. Located at I-24, exit 31(the Grand Rivers exit). Only 3.5 miles from the start finish. Very reasonable rates and even less if you tell them you're with the race. The manager, Ann Martin is a runner and really goes out of her way to make you welcome, including getting up early to have breakfast ready on race day. 270-928-2740
There are numerous other accommodations. Let me know if you need any help.
There are hundreds of campsites throughout the LBL area, from primitive to those with showers. www.lbl.org for info.
Grand Rivers has camping sites also that can be viewed by doing a web search for Camping near Grand Rivers, KY
Amenities/Aid Stations/Porta Johns
All runners receive a tech shirt, running cap, and drawstring backpack. 23km and Marathon finishers receive custom medallion.
60km and 50 mile finishers receive an awesome custom belt buckle.
Aid Stations every 2-3 miles stocked with the normal fare... Water, energy drink, Coca-Cola products, lite snacks, bananas, oranges, and later on, for ultra runners, turkey wraps, bean and cheese wraps, pb&j. S.W.O.R.D. is the official hydration drink for LBL Trail Runs. (www.drinksword.com for more info).
Post-race food at the Community Center sponsored by the great volunteers of Grand Rivers.
Chip timing provided by WKRC and my awesome brother, John. Results updated frequently.
Porta Johns will be positioned at each aid station,
Awards for Top Finishers & $ Awards for Course Records
Top Five finishers m/f in each distance will receive a beautiful eagle trophy
Cash award for anyone establishing a new course record m/f in any distance.
$1000 for 50 mile or 60km
$500 for Marathon or 23km
David Riddle, Cincinnati OH, 5:53:22, 2012
Melanie Peters, White Lake MI, 6:59:27, 2013
Scott Breeden, Bloomington IN, 4:07:05, 2013
Melanie Peters, White Lake MI, 4:57:44, 2012
David Riddle, Cincinnati, OH, 2:48:35, 2016
Anna Weber, 3:11:54, 2013
Blake Davenport, Murphysboro IL, 1:30:11, 2013
Becky Boyle, Indianapolis IN, 1:39:376, 2013
Establishing a Course Record earns free entry for life.
Special Items Drop Bags
Try to keep bags/boxes less than the size of a large shoe box.
Please clearly label your drop bag/box with your name and bib#.
Leave it at the designated area outside of the Community Center on the morning of the race.
We will take it to the aid station at the North Welcome Station
NOTE: when you are finished with your drop for the day, place it in the area marked "BAGS READY TO BE RETURNED TO THE FINISH AREA".
Doing this simple thing will mean that your bag will be at the finish in a timely manner.
Bags will be brought back frequently beginning around 9:30, and placed at the Community Center where they will be left overnight if not claimed in order to give those of you who forget, and then suddenly remember.
Unclaimed bags will be sorted through. Opened food and drink will be discarded. Unopened will be donated.
We will make every attempt to save and return valuable items to you if you have your name/bib # on the bag.
Drop Downs/Drop Outs
If you decide it's not your day and you'd like to run less than what you entered, you may do so by informing the official at the end/beginning of the loop. He/she will mark your bib# indicting the number of loops you complete.
Please tell the official at the finish line so we can record the proper finish distance, and give you the appropriate award.
In the unfortunate event that you cannot finish a distance, and need to drop out of the race, please notify the nearest course marshal or aid station attendant, who will see to it that you are returned to the finish line.
If you drop out and are picked up by family or friends, please stop at the finish and let us know so we can account for everyone.
Many thanks to our Sponsors
West KY Runners Club
Grand Rivers Tourism
Green Turtle Bay
Patties Inn & Suites