Come join us for the first annual Tupelo Trail Shuffle presented by the Tupelo Running Club! It will be held November 19th in the beautiful and serene Trace State Park located at 2139 Faulkner Rd. Belden, MS, 38826. There will be a 10K and a 20K option. The race will take place on over 90% single track trails that meander through beautiful hardwood timber and old growth pines that partially run along the Trace State Lake. It’s the most beautiful time of the year to be in the woods in North MS as the first few weeks in November we have peak fall foliage. The course is designed to be fun yet challenging. There are a few rolling hills but don’t expect any big climbs or real technical sections. Roughly 300 ft of elevation gain for the 10K and 800 ft of gain for the 20K. These trails are fun, fast, and flowy! Our purpose in creating this event is to showcase the natural beauty of our local state parks (check out Tombigbee too while you’re in town) and introduce folks to the wonderful trail community and the gorgeous running, hiking, and biking trails in North Mississippi.
Cutoffs: There will be a 4-hr. cutoff for both the 10K and 20k so if someone wants to hike the 10K they could easily do it and still beat the cutoff.
Aid Stations: We will have aid stations around the 4- and 9-mile mark. Aid stations will consist of typical trail race fare with chips, cookies, fruit, water, and electrolytes. In an effort to reduce waste and littering, this will be a cupless event. Please bring your own reusable cup or water bottle.
Race Day Info
Race day registration: there will be race day registration from 6:00 - 7:30. Race shirt not guaranteed if signing up after 10/31. Packet pick-up: Friday 11/18 from 4-7 PM at Trails and Treads. Located at 3870 Market Center Drive Suite #200. Tupelo, MS, 38804. Also, race day packet pick-up from 6:00-7:30 at Trace State Park. Start location/directions: Once you enter the park and go through the gates you will go left and follow the signs. Start times: 20K will begin at 8:00 and 10K will start at 8:10.
Price will increase $5 beginning 10/1/22.
About the Event
Community and the great outdoors! That’s the driving force behind this event. Tupelo, MS, and the surrounding area of North Mississippi is world renowned for its music, food, literary contributions, and vibrant Southern culture. What many people don’t realize is that we’ve also got some beautiful countryside to explore. This year’s spotlight will be on Trace State Park, one of Mississippi’s beautiful state parks located in Pontotoc County just west of Tupelo. This is a great opportunity to come out and support our wonderful state park and spend time with like-minded individuals who love and want to protect our natural spaces. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go directly back to the MS State Parks Fund and will help to maintain and improve these areas we all love and cherish.
Awards and swag
Awards to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall male and female for 10K and 20K. All runners will receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Race day registration not guaranteed a t-shirt.
There will be drinks and light refreshments. We have a vendor who will provide adult refreshments.
Title Sponsors: MasterCraft Builders, Geno’s Tire Pros
Other sponsors: Trails & Treads, CORE Outdoors, Fleet Feet Tupelo,
Beverage Sponsor: Clark Beverage Group
Tent camping, RV camp sites, and cabins are available for rent at the park, but they go quickly so you’ll need to make arrangements soon. Also, there are plenty of hotels and AirBnBs in and around the Tupelo area.
Local time: 8:28 PM