Welcome to Wartrace
For 4 decades now, the first Saturday in May has meant one thing in the scenic hills of Bedford County, Tennessee; the return of the Foot Warriors.
And the Ultra-Marathoners have kept coming back to stroll the quiet streets of Wartrace and Bell Buckle, enjoying the picturesque homes and quaint shops.
They come back to share in the reunion of the Ultra community.
Back to celebrate the end of Winter with a run in the inspiring springtime beauty of the Highland Rim.
Back to be a part of one of the most competitive Road Ultras in the US, and to match their times against the fastest runners of the past 40 years.
Back to strive for a coveted Gold Shirt... or Blue Shirt... or Red Shirt.
Back to feast on the bountiful repast at both pre- and post-run festivities.
But, most of all, the Ultra-Marathoners keep coming back because, at the Strolling Jim™, every runner is a hero, an honored guest, and a welcomed friend.
Join us this May for the 41st running of the race, and you will find your own reasons to keep coming back.
Earn a COLOR shirt and maybe $5000
Establish the new course record for the Strolling Jim 40 and receive $5000!!!.
One of the unique features of the Strolling Jim is the awarding of the "colored" shirt based on excellent finishing times. These shirts are given at the finish and prominently display your achievement in large letters on the back. i.e. Red Strolling Jim Shirt with SUB 7 on the back would be those runners finishing the 40 mile run between 6:00:00 and 6:59:00
For the second year now we award these shirts for special Marathon and 10k times.
The following is the breakdown:
40 mile run
SUB 5 - Gold
SUB 6 - Blue
SUB 7 - Red
SUB 3 - Gold
SUB 3:30 - Blue
SUB1:30 - Gold
SUB 1:45 - Blue
SUB 40 - Gold
Train hard. You want one of these.
May 4, 2019
Register now for May 4, 2019. The 41st running of Strolling Jim.
In 2015, Scott Breeden, of Bloomington, IN, chased one of the most revered records in all of ultra running and wound up with the fastest time in over 25 years. His 4:14:30 is the third fastest Jim ever. Andy Jones has the record at 3:59:26.
The pot will sweeten as another $1000 will be added to the purse, so $5000 will be awarded to the person who establishes the new course record for the 41.2 mile course.
Nothing but rave reviews for the new Half Marathon course, so if you don't think you can run the 40mile, choose the Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10K. Bring a friend with you. A distance for everyone.
See what we have in store for you next.
You don't want to miss it!!!
RRCA Tennessee State Championship
Strolling Jim 40 is the official RRCA Tennessee State Championship for Ultra distance.
There will be eight winners (four male and four female). The Road Runners Club of America has established the following guidelines for issuance of the awards:
Open Division: Overall Winner, regardless of age.
Masters: First finisher age 40 or older.
Grand Masters: First finisher age 50 or older.
Senior Grand Masters: First finisher age 60 or older.
Note: IF the overall winner is 40 or older, then the overall winner will be awarded the Open Championship, and the second finisher in the overall winner's respective age category will be awarded that medallion.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 3:
15:00 - 19:00 -- Packet Pickup/Late Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain
16:00 --- Course Tour --- Meet by the Race Tent by Fountain for this tour. Follow Laz in his old Willys Jeep (seen above in the banner photo)
16:30 - 19:00? -- Pre-Race Feed --- Pickin' Chickens will host the pasta dinner. Meat and meatless, with some gluten free options.
Buy your ticket at the packet pick up. ONLY $12 for pasta, drink, salad, and desert.
Plan on eating right in Wartrace. It helps the local economy.
Saturday, May 4:
05:30 - 06:30 -- Late Packet pick up; Late Registration & Last Chance to switch race distance --- Race Tent by Fountain
05:30 - Pickin' Chickens opens for breakfast. Grab a coffee, or whatever you need.
Sugar Plum Sweet Treats is also open for coffee or light food. Right next to each other, at the start line
07:00 -- Strolling Jim 40/Marathon/Half Marathon/10k START --- Wartrace Wellhouse.
Don't get caught on the wrong side of the tracks.
WE WILL START ON TIME
08:00 - 10:00 Light breakfast snacks for 10k & Half Marathoners
10:00 -???? -- Post Race Party --- The Town of Wartrace
FINISH -- There is virtually NO TIME LIMIT for finishing the 40 mile run. As long as you are making an honest effort towards getting to the finish line, we will be there for you.
The Post Race Party is free food and drink for all runners and crew. BBQ chicken courtesy of Tyson's, and prepared on site by a local celebrity
Half Marathon Course is a big success
2018 was the first year of the spectacular new Half Marathon course. It easiest half you've run, but it'll be one of the prettiest! We think it might just be the most scenic/mile of the 4 courses
Half Fanatics, take note! You'll want to run this one..
There is virtually NO TIME LIMIT.
At packet pick up, you'll receive a Strolling Jim shirt, a booklet with lots of historic information and course maps, your race bib with timing chip, and perhaps a few giveaways.
ALL FINISHERS, in ALL DISTANCES, receive a finisher's medal.
At the finish, get your color shirt if you earn one, an RRCA Championship medal if you earn one, and a Strolling Jim top finisher trophy if you earn one.
Please don't leave the finish line without your stuff.
Camping; Parking, and Lodging options
CAMPING: Camping is allowed in the Winnette Ayers Park, and at Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace TN, just a quarter mile from the start/finish. You can tent camp inside of, or around the perimeter of the Horse Ring. Sleep in your car if you wish. RVs are welcome to park in the large grass field next to Jernigan Field (see signs), along the edge of the field, but note, there is no electricity or hookups. Please do not block entrance/exit with large vehicles.
NOTE: You do NOT have to register, or reserve a campsite. Just show up, and camp. First come - first served.
Parking: Volunteers will be on hand on Saturday morning to assist you. You will park in the large area directly across from Winnette Ayers park, and next to Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace.
Lodging:The Walking Horse Hotel is located at the finish line, and a block from the starting line. Unfortunately, due to the fire last year, they have not reopened. It's still a cool looking old, haunted building right at the finish line.
Bed and Breakfast in the area: Seasons B&B - Bell Buckle - 615-516-3421. www.seasonsbnb.com
Hinkle HIll Inn Retreat House, Bell Buckle -
The Walker Inn - Bell Buckle - 931-312-0856
Nearby Lodging: There are lots of hotels in Murfreesboro, TN, about 25 miles from Wartrace. Shelbyville has less, about 10 miles, and if you're coming from the south, Manchester, TN, is about 17 miles.
There are 4 distances, each unique in their own way. You can see them via mapmyrun by going to Durbin Race Management Click on Races > Strolling Jim > and scroll down.
There is also an accurate course map included in the Runners Booklet. Be sure to get yours at Packet Pick up
Water/aid stations & drop bags
Aid stations containing water, SWORD hydration drink, some lite snacks, bananas, oranges, chips Slim Jims will be at 7.5, 13.1, 21.5, 29, 35, and 39 (not all stations will have exactly the same thing
Water jugs will be along the road at the drops between aid stations at 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 17, 23.5, 31, 33, and 37.
Help yourself, but don't drink directly out of the jugs please.
Drop bags/boxes: If you need something special you are welcome to have it in a drop bag (or container), which will be taken to the dual purpose station at mm 13.1/35. Clearly mark your name and bib# on the container and try to keep the size down. Leave your drop bags/box at the designated spot near the big tent and we will take it out for you
NOTE: when you are FINISHED with your bag/box and are ready for us to bring it to the finish line, please place it in the area designated as RETURN BAGS TO FINISH. Failure to do this will delay your bag coming back to the finish.
You are also welcome to go retrieve your bag whenever you wish.
You are welcome to have a crew keeping an eye on you. Please inform them they are not allowed to drive alongside you. They must find a spot to pull completely off the road. There you can get assistance. Obviously, they can't transport you anywhere while you are in the race.
Donate to Cascade HS athletics
Laz has been a coach in the school systems for over 30 years. Here's an opportunity to donate a little to help the school he loves. Tighter budgets make it tougher all the time. A significant portion of your Strolling Jim entry fee goes towards helping these worthy programs. If you can afford to give a little more, it will be put to good use. You can do so during the registration process. Thanks so much.
Local time: 6:55 AM