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 39 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 40th running of the race, and you will find your own reasons to keep coming back.
Earn a COLORED shirt and maybe $4000
Establish the new course record for the Strolling Jim 40 and receive $4000!!!.
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
SUB 40 - Gold
Train hard. You want one of these.
May 5, 2018
Register now for May 5, 2018. The 40th 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 $4000 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 Marathon course, and the 10k 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.
As the event continues to grow, so can the fun amenities. See what we have in store for you next.
You don't want to miss it!!!
RRCA U.S. Southern Region Championship
Strolling Jim 40 is the official United States Southern Region 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: 15:00 - 19:00 -- 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)
17:00 - 19:00? -- Pre-Race Feed --- Jaebirds Diner - Located right there at the start in Wartrace. Really good pasta, meat and meatless sauce, salad, drink, dessrt for just $12. Pay at the door, Cash, or Credit Card. Vegan options, and if you're in need of Gluten Free, then you can purchase salad only.
Saturday: 05:30 - 06:30 -- Late Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain
05:00 - Jaebird's Diner opens for breakfast. Grab a coffee, or whatever you need.
Sugar Plum Sweet Treats is also open for coffee or light food. Both right at the start line
07:00 -- Strolling Jim 40/Marathon/Half Marathon/10 START --- Wartrace Wellhouse. Don't get caught on the wrong side of the tracks. WE WILL START ON TIME
1100 -???? -- Post Race Party --- The Town of Wartrace
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
NEW!! Half Marathon joins Marathon and 10K
2018 will be the first year of the spectacular new Half Marathon course. It won't be the easiest half you've run, but you'll really enjoy the scenery!
There is virtually NO TIME LIMIT. As long as you are making progress towards the finish, we'll be there.
We will also have the Strolling Jim 10k. This race is getting bigger as the word gets out. Great shirts, medals, and a chance to mingle and start with some true legends of the ultra running sport.
All runners will start together.
Half Marathoners, and 10k will peel off at 2.5 miles and run a scenic course. Marathoners run a lot of the 40 mile course.
All distances will receive a sweet Strolling Jim medal, and the same great shirt.
At packet pick up, you'll receive a Strolling Jim shirt, a booklet with history, and course maps, your race bib with timing chip, and perhaps a few giveaways.
As you finish, you will receive your finisher's medal, 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.
Lodging & Breakfast
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.
Kim Goslee has a place that could sleep 6 -8 people, about a mile away, right in Wartrace; plus she has about 4 acres that could be used for camping. For details call Kim at 615-584-3951
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
SUBJECT TO CHANGE: PLEASE CHECK BACK:
Microtel Inn & Suites has a 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.
Other Breakfast options:
JaeBirds diner, Wartrace, is located at the starting line. They open at 05:00, and would love to see you.
Sugar Plum treats - located at the Start area.
You can see all three courses 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 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 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.
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