Registration closes: Wed, Apr 22 @ 12:00AM


This event will be the United States Track and Field Trail Championships at the half and full marathon distance. To be eligible you must be a USATF member. Visit the USATF web site for info on how to become a member.

For Up To Date Info!

Please see our facebook page- You needn't be a member!

Directions to Start/ Packet Pick Up/ Etc

Race will start at the parking lot by the basketball courts in Seneca Park, nearest intersection is Cherokee Gardens and Pee Wee Reese Road, zip 40207. 

GPS coordinates of start: Latitude - Longitude: 38.240756,-85.674632

There will be vendor tents set up and plenty of parking in the parking lots or the grassy fields adjacent to the softball field. 

Race Starts at 0800AM.

Packet pick is at Quest Outdoors, st matthews plaza on saturday 25th from 4-7 4600 shelbyville road 40207
Packet Picket opens at 0630am on Race Morning. 


To anyone who is doing the "Double-Down" please MAKE SURE you answer yes at registration. This ensures your special award. 

Sizes you pick at check out are for unisex so choose accordingly!

Every finisher in the Backside Trail Marathon and Half will receive a medal. Special Designations for those who Double at the half and marathon distance.  

The Course

*Course elevation link and map of half- (Full runs this course twice).

Road Runners Caveat!

This is a TRAIL run, and is much harder than your typical marathon. Be prepared for ADVENTURE and FUN. The trails are high quality single-track, and described as gently rolling, but remember; This is subjective! For someone who has never run trails before these are a great intro into trail running, but don't expect to run your road time or anything close! Expect 130% of your road time or more! Trail running footwear is recommended. 


Quest Outdoors would like to thank:

The North Face

Swiftwick Socks

Headfirst Performance

Advanced Orthopaedics

Salomon running shoes


USATF Sanction Pending

We are currently in the works of obtaining a sanction to be designated as an official USATF event! (United States Track and Field)

What is a "sanction"?

A USATF sanction is an official designation issued by USATF, through a local Association, which approves and licenses the holding of a competitive track & field, long distance running or race walking event in the United States. The sanction is also a contract, which evidences the event's commitment to follow national and international rules and regulations of the sport and to provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators. Once the event has satisfied the sanction requirements, the event's application for sanction is approved.

USA Track & Field


Refunds and transfers are available, with a $25 fee.

Aid Stations / Drop Bags

There will be three aid stations; one at the start/finish line and two on the 13.1 mile course. This means runners who are doing the full marathon will hit aid stations around miles 4, 6, 9, 12, 13.5, 17,19, 22, 25, Finish. 


You may have ONE drop bag at the start/finish line. NO GARBARGE BAGS. Must be labeled with bib number and name. 

Local time: 1:12 AM


Troy Shellhamer
Race Director

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