May 6, 2023
Register now for May 6, 2023. The 45th running of Strolling Jim.
The iconic "40 miler", certified Marathon course, and the Half Marathon course, which is a USATF certified 13.1 mile. And don't forget the 10K!
These have to be some of the most beautiful course anywhere.
Bring a friend with you. A distance for everyone.
You don't want to miss it!!!
Welcome to Wartrace
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 44 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 45th running of the race, and you will find your own reasons to keep coming back.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 5: 101 Spring Street, Wartrace, TN
15:00 - 19:00 -- Packet Pickup/Late Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain
16:00 --- Course Tour --- Meet by the Race Tent by Fountain for this tour.
Pre-Race Feed 16:30 - 19:00 ---Wartrace Fire Dept Hall. Spaghetti Dinner with meat and meatless sauce, salad, dessert, and a drink, for the great low price of $12. Kids eat for $6! Please support the local fire department.
Saturday, May 6: 101 Spring Street, Wartrace TN
05:30 - 06:30 -- Late Packet pick up; Late Registration & Last Chance to switch race distance --- Race Tent by Fountain
PARKING: There is a lot of parking at the Jernigan Field, and Wynette-Ayers Park - 119 Bridgeview Street, Wartrace, TN. Plan to arrive to the area early. You won't be able to park within 1/4 mile of the start; if you are late, you'll have to start and catch up.
06:45 - Assemble at the Wellhouse for final instructions and photos
07:00 -- Strolling Jim 40/Marathon/Half Marathon/10km START --- Wartrace Wellhouse.
Don't get caught on the wrong side of the tracks. If you've been here, you know what this means!
WE WILL START ON TIME
08:00 - 10:30ish - 10km & Half Marathoners receive a ticket for breakfast burritos at the local Fire Hall
10:00 -???? -- For the Marathoners and Ultra finishers Post Race Party; outside under the Big Tent by the fountain. BBQ chicken and sides.
FINISH -- All distances finish in front of the haunted Walking Horse Hotel.
Zack Beavin crushes course record at Strolling Jim!
In 2021, Zach Beavin, of Lexington, KY followed up on his 2019 pursuit of one of the most revered records in all of ultra running; (Andy Jones' brilliant 3:59:26). where he established a couple of new course record splits on his way to the second fastest Jim ever!! Of course, his 4:07:42 left him wanting more.
Zach came in trained and ready, with an adjusted plan for knocking off the record. By the 50k it was apparent that he would not be denied, and cruised to an incredible 3:55:44 finish. HE DID IT! Cool thing was that Andy Jones was in attendance, and presented his awards to him. Two class acts!
Camille Herron smashes women's Course Record
2022 was the year that things worked out for multiple world record holder, Camille Herron, to run Strolling Jim. She did not disappoint, smashing Leah Thorvilson's 11 year old record by 48 seconds.
COURSE RECORD PRIZE MONEY
Zack Beavin took home the $6000 prize for knocking off the men's course record in 2021, and Camille Herron took home $3000 in 2022 for taking down the women's record .
.This means the the men's prize will go up to $2000 for a new men's course record.
The women's course record prize will drop back to $1000 for 2023.
Not a bad return for a partial day's work. Who wants it?
Camping; Parking, and Lodging options
CAMPING: Camping is allowed in the Winnette Ayers Park, and at Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace TN, just a quarter mile from the start/finish. You can tent camp inside of, or around the perimeter of the Horse Ring. Sleep in your car if you wish. There are Rest Rooms available at Jernigan Field. RVs are welcome to park in the large grass field next to Jernigan Field (see signs), along the edge of the field, but note, there is no electricity or hookups. Please do not block entrance/exit with large vehicles.
NOTE: You do NOT have to register, or reserve a campsite. Just show up, and camp. First come - first served.
Parking: Volunteers will be on hand on Saturday morning to assist you. You will park in the large area directly across from Winnette Ayers park, and next to Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace.
Lodging: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.
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
Nearby Lodging: There are lots of hotels in Murfreesboro, TN, about 25 miles from Wartrace. Shelbyville has less, about 10 miles, and if you're coming from the south, Manchester, TN, is about 17 miles.
At packet pick up, you'll receive a Strolling Jim shirt, a booklet with lots of historic information and course maps, your race bib with timing chip, and perhaps a few giveaways.
ALL FINISHERS, in ALL DISTANCES, receive a finisher's medal.
At the finish, get your color shirt if you earn one, and a Strolling Jim top finisher plaque if you earn one.
Please don't leave the finish line without your stuff.
Working on updating the maps. Mapmyrun is not that accurate.
Water/aid stations & drop bags
Aid stations containing water, SWORD hydration drink, some lite snacks, bananas, oranges, chips Slim Jims will be at 7.5, 13.1, 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 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 17, 23.5, 31, 33, and 37.
Help yourself, but don't drink directly out of the jugs please.
Drop bags/boxes: 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 at mm 13.1/35. Clearly mark your name and bib# on the container and limit the size to 6"x8"x16" (larger containers may not be taken to the drop area, but left at the finish). Leave your drop bags/box at the designated spot near the big tent and we will take it out for you
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.
Please see the crew information in the runners booklet.
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: 6:40 AM