2020 Bell Ringer
The Bell Ringer Trail Run takes place on Saturday, December 12th 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.
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
Bell Ringer Trail Run Routes
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 9579 to take advantage of our group rate. Click here.
For more information, please contact Montgomery Bell at 800-250-8613 and reference group code 9578 or email Heather.Spiva@tn.gov.
Friday, December 11th: 4:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday, December 12th: 5:30AM-8:30AM
Location: Montgomery Bell State Park Conference Center
Address: 1000 Hotel Avenue, Burns, TN 37029
The 50k is limited to 100 runners. The 25k is limited to 150 runners. The 15k is limited to 150 runners. The 5k is limited to 100 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 the 50k, 25k, and 15k 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, 25k, 15k, 5k. 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.
Drop bags are allowed. You are welcome to leave items at the starting line (these items will be brought into the conference center). We will also have bins set up in the conference center prior to the start to send drop bags out to Aid Station 3, which is at mile 8.8, 15.1, and 29.8. Each time you pass this aid station you can choose to keep your items at the aid station or send them back to the conference center.
Runners that participate in the 50K distance will have the opportunity to see 30 miles of Montgomery Bell State Park's awesome trail system. Runners will receive a race shirt, swag bag, complementary lunch, and an extra gift for completing the longest distance!
50k Route Map
25K runner will explore 15 miles of Montgomery Bell State Park's trail system. Runners will receive a race shirt, swag bag, and a complementary lunch post-race.
New this year, we are introducing the 15K to the Bell Ringer Trail Run! This route will give you the option to run 9 beautiful miles in the woods and skip the bike trail. Runners will receive a race shirt, swag bag, and complementary lunch.
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, 25K, 15K. All 5K participants will receive a race shirt and packet.
1 Mile Fun Run
Grab your friends and family and join us for a FREE one mile FUN run! All are welcome to join! 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.
Refunds of 50% will be given within 60 days of your registration date until October 1st. After October 1st no refunds will be given. Registration rollover will not be permitted. Bib transfer will be allowed until December 8th, 2020.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Local time: 5:31 AM
• 5:30 AM: Registration opens in the Conference Room
• 6:00 AM: Breakfast opens in the Dining Room
• 7:00 AM: 50K starts at the Hotel Upper Parking Lot
• 7:30 AM: 25K starts at the Hotel Upper Parking Lot
• 8:00 AM: 15K starts at the Hotel Upper Parking Lot
• 8:30 AM: 5K starts at the Hotel Upper Parking Lot
• 8:30 AM: Registration closes in the Conference Room
• 8:45 AM: 1M starts at the Hotel Upper Parking Lot
• 9:00 AM: Lunch starts in the Conference Room
• 10:00 AM: 1M & 5K awards in the Conference Room
• 10:30 AM: 15K & 25K awards in the Conference Room
• 1:30 PM: 50K Male awards in the Conference Room
• 3:00 PM: 50K Female awards in the Conference Room
• 4:30 PM: Final finishers cut-off