2018 Bell Ringer
The Bell Ringer 50k/25k Trail Run takes place on Saturday, December 8th at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN. This race features running on one of the best trail networks in the Nashville area. This 31+ mile race gives area ultrarunners a close-to-home venue for a trail ultra and will showcase the tremendous natural resources of the Tennessee State Park system for visitors. Since the start of this race in 2014, it has continued to grow each year and draw runners from all over the country.
Your race registration price includes an awesome race t-shirt, swag bag, and a post-race party with lunch and live music. The 50k runners also receive an additional item that varies each year.
Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park. The mission of this group is to support the park, provide a quality place for families to recreate, and educate visitors on the importance of protection and preservation of the park. Upon checkout, please consider making an additional donation to Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park. To learn more, click here.
The course contains multiple uphill and downhill sections. The terrain is of moderate difficulty, providing a challenge to runners, but not too hard for first-timers.
50k Route Map
50k Elevation map
25k Route Map
25k Elevation map
1. Mountain bike trail can only be run day of event, only mountain bike use on those trails on all other days.
2. Map is approximation of race course, course subject to change.
Hotel accommodations will be provided by Montgomery Bell State Park Inn. The Inn is offering runners unbelievable rates! Use group code 9119 to take advantage of our group rate. Click here.
For more information, please contact Montgomery Bell at 800-250-8613 and reference group code 9119 or email Morgan.Gilman@tn.gov.
Friday, December 7th: 4:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday, December 8th: 5:30AM-6:30AM
Location: Montgomery Bell State Park Conference Center
Address: 1000 Hotel Avenue, Burns, TN 37029
The 50k is limited to 150 runners. The 25k is limited to 250 runners. We anticipate reaching our maximum participants early, so don't wait to register!
There will be a 2 hour cutoff time (9:00 AM) at the Church Birth Place Shrine at mile 7. and a 6 hour cutoff time ( 1:00 PM) at the Church Birth Place Shrine at mile 21. Finally there will be an 8 hr cutoff time (3pm) at mile 27.25, (Golf Course Maintenance road). These are hard cut off times and all runners arriving after these times will be asked to drop. Please be respectful of race officials if you are asked to drop - no discussion. You will be provided with transportation back to the Inn. There will be a 9 1/2 hour cutoff time (4:30pm) at finish. This averages out to over 17 minutes per mile pace. This is not a hike so please be respectful and do not sign up for this event if you plan to walk most of the course.
For both the 25K and 50K races, there will be aid stations approximately every 5-6 miles.
Awards are given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each race - 50k and 25k. The awards are made by the Dickson County Woodturners. They are made from wood from the Montgomery Bell State Park and then engraved with the event logo and award information.
All finishers will receive finisher medals.
New this year we will offer a 5K option at the Bell Ringer!
The route will be approximately 2/3 road and 1/3 trail. Runners will start out along Hotel Ave., and then join the Wildcat Trail to finish along the same route as the 50K and 25K.
1 Mile Fun Run
Grab your friends and family and join us for a FREE one mile FUN run! Strollers, walkers and all are welcome to join! Our very own beloved mascot, Ramble may even be there to get it started! This event is great for all ages and running levels. Medals will be given to all finishers and prizes to the top 3 males and females in 2 age groups (1-7 and 8+).
Local time: 11:18 PM