The Yamacraw 50K, 25K, and 10K trail races traverse the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in McCreary County, Kentucky. This year’s race was postponed to May 22nd and 23rd, 2021 due to record floods in the region.
This year, 600 participants will be treated to some of the most beautiful trails in the southeast. All three courses offer scenic landmarks throughout the race that include gorge overlooks, stunning rock overhangs, natural arches, waterfalls, and the 50K and 20K end with an iconic finish into Blue Heron Mining Community across a 100 foot high pedestrian bridge. The Yamacraw courses were designed to attract a diverse demographic of active outdoor enthusiasts. From the seasoned ultrarunner to the beginner trail runner, Yamacraw offers something for everyone.
Race Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 7:30 AM
The Yamacraw 50K is a point-to-point trail race that begins at the Lick Creek Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest and ends at the Blue Heron Mining Community in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The course traverses some of the most beautiful trails in the southeast including the Sheltowee Trace Trail, Kentucky’s longest trail. Runners will be treated to miles of magnificent singletrack trails and scenic landmarks that include stunning rock overhangs, natural arches, and wonderful waterfalls. Runners will enjoy multiple water crossings as they run alongside the Big South Fork Cumberland River and adjoining creeks. The race ends with an iconic crossing over the river on a 100 foot high pedestrian bridge that leads runners straight to the finish. The course offers some challenging climbs towards the second half of the race but is fast and highly runnable which can be a challenge in itself. At a modest 3,809 ft feet of elevation gain, the Yamacraw 50K might seem like one of the easier 50Ks but make no mistake, it is deceptively challenging. Still, it is a perfect race for those looking to complete their first ultra or those gearing up for the new race calendar year.
Visit http://www.runyamacraw.com/race/50k-race-details for full 50K details including course map and aid stations.
50K Cash Prize Top 3 Finishers
$$$ First place male and female will receive $1,000.
$$ Second place male and female receive $500.
$ Third place male and female receive $250.
Race Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8:30 AM
The Yamacraw 25K is a point-to-point trail race that begins at the Lick Creek Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest and ends at the Blue Heron Mining Community in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The course shares approximately 7 miles with the Yamacraw 50k course. The 25K starts out quickly as runners race downhill towards the Big South Fork Cumberland River as it crisscrosses over Lick Creek multiple times. Along the way runners will be treated to magnificent singletrack trails and scenic landmarks that include stunning rock overhangs and waterfalls. Runners will cross Rock Creek, "A Kentucky Wild River", some years by rope and other years by raft and cross the Grassy Fork Creek nearly a dozen times before climbing out to the second aid station. Then it's two miles of country gravel road until you turn back into the woods on single track and head Blue Heron for an iconic finish crossing over the river on a 100 foot high pedestrian bridge.
Visit http://www.runyamacraw.com/race/25k-race-details for full 25K details including course map and aid stations.
Race Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 10:30 AM
The Yamacraw 10k trail race follows the Blue Heron Loop Trail at the Blue Heron Mining Community in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The course features gorge overlooks, river views with Class IV whitewater rapids, rock overhangs, waterfalls and sandstone bluffs. Several wooden step ladders appear throughout the course that runners will have to traverse including the a cave-like passage called “Crack-in-the-Rock”. The course might be a lot shorter than it’s sister race but it’s no slouch. The Yamacraw 10k starts with a challenging uphill climb of close to 775 feet within the first 1.5 miles offering runners of all ages and experience both a challenging and enjoyably scenic race.
Visit http://www.runyamacraw.com/race/10k-race-details for full 10K details including course map and aid stations.
Yamacraw Kid's Race
Race Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
New for 2019, introducing the Yamacraw Kid's Race!
This is a 1.5 mile course that starts at the tipple bridge in Blue Heron. The run is open to kids 12 and under. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire race.
Each runner will receive a Yamacraw t-shirt and finisher medal.
We will run the Yamacraw Kid's Race in separate age group waves.
In the event a race has to be cancelled due to extreme weather, fire, flood, or some other unforeseeable event, we cannot offer refunds.
For questions about refunds, transfers, switching distances, or general race policies, please visit our race policies page
We Are Proud to Support
As an advocate for outdoor activities for a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to environmental stewardship, portions of proceeds from the Yamacraw 50k/20k/10k go to support the National Park Foundation and National Forest Foundation.
Local time: 11:10 AM