For almost 4 decades, 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. Coming back to share in the reunion of the Ultra community. Coming back to celebrate the end of winter with a run in the inspiring springtime beauty of the Highland Rim. Coming 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 36 years. Coming back to strive for a coveted Gold Shirt... or Blue Shirt... or Red Shirt. Coming 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 37th running of the race, and you will find your own reasons to keep coming back.
Earn a COLORED shirt
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
New this year is the awarding of 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
SUB 40 - Gold
Train hard. You want one of these.
Schedule of Events
Friday: 11:00 -- Liar's Club Brunch --- Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
12:00 - 16:00 -- Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain
16:00 --- Course Tour --- Race Tent by Fountain
17:00 - 19:00 -- Pre-Race Feed --- Walking Horse Hotel
Saturday: 05:30 - 06:30 -- Late Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain
07:00 -- Strolling Jim 40/Marathon/10 START --- Wartrace Wellhouse
1100 -???? -- Post Race Party --- The Town of Wartrace
NOTES: The Pre-Race Feed at the Walking Horse Hotel - only $12 (pay during registration process) - includes salad, pasta with sauces on the side, beverages, and assorted desserts.
The Post Race Party is free food and drink for all runners and crew. BBQ chicken courtesy of Tyson's, Shelbyville prepared by Whitt's Barbeque in Shelbyville
Pre Race Pasta Dinner
5pm - 7pm at the Walking Horse Hotel. Delicious! Pasta with sauces on the side, salad, drink and various desserts... all for $12.
Marathon and 10k options
New for 2015 is our Strolling Jim Marathon!!
We will also have the Strolling Jim 10k.
All runners will start together.
10k will peel off at 2.5 miles and run a scenic course. Marathoners will run a new course .
All distances will receive a sweet Strolling Jim medal, and a same great shirt.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE: PLEASE CHECK BACK:
Microtel Inn & Suites has a new location in nearby Shelbyville. 1207 N. Main St. 931-684-8343
Mention you are running the Strolling Jim and get special rates of $72, $75, or $78, depending upon whether you want a King, Double Queen, or Suite.
The manager said she will have breakfast early (5:30) on race morning if you ask for it.
Since the Wartrace Hotel is full, this is the closest motel to the race.
If you have mapmyrun try this link: (looks like you'll have to cut and paste) http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/635243250
The Start is in the town square of Wartrace. The course proceeds out on Knob Creek Road and around to Normandy Road, across US 41A to Whiteside Hill Road, then loops around on Bottle Hollow, Hilltop, and Cathey Roads before recrossing US 41A and heading north on Three Forks Bridge Road and up to Route 64 and the finish, which is in front of the Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace.
The marathon course can be seen on mapmyrun through this link: (again, cut and paste to your browser) http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/635323456
mapmyrun is a free ap. I personally don't think it's worth the extra money to get the "deluxe or premier" version. The maps give you a good idea of the course, including directions, and elevation changes. They are not accurate compared to an actual certified course.
Water/aid stations & drop bags
Aid stations containing water, SWORD hydration drink, some lite snacks, bananas, oranges, chips Slim Jims will be at 2.5, 7.5, 13.1, 21, 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 5, 10, 15, 17, 23.5, 31, 33, and 37.
Help yourself, but don't drink directly out of the jugs please.
Drop bags: 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 of 13.1/35. Clearly mark your name on the container and try to keep the size down.
NOTE: when you are FINISHED when you bag/box and are ready for us to bring it to the finish line, please place it in the area designated at 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: 5:59 PM