Morehead, Kentucky is not only one of the state's most popular official Trail Towns. We are making it a go to spot for trail running with the Big Turtle 50 Miler! The Big Turtle is a 50 mile and marathon distance trail running event that runs along the northern section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Why Big Turtle? Well, back in the day the Shawnee gave Daniel Boone the nickname "Sheltowee" which means "Big Turtle."
The race is an out and back course that runs from beautiful downtown Morehead to the norther terminus of the Sheltowee Trace and back. Marathon runners will (obviously) turn around after 13.1 (ish) miles.
We utilize a tiered pricing structure for the Big Turtle registration process. That means that rather than increasing prices at certain dates we've made available only a limited number of spots at each tier. When tier 1 fills up, the price goes up to tier 2 and so on. This lets us better estimate our costs and provide you the runner with the best value.
New to trail running? New to the 50 mile or marathon distance? This race is for YOU!!! With a mix of rolling singletrack and forest road, this race is the perfect introduction to trail running. Are you an experienced ultra runner? This is for YOU too!!! The Big Turtle course is (relatively) flat and FAST. This is the perfect chance to chase that PR at either distance. Read more about the course below.
The 2017 Big Turtle 50 Miler is the only 50 mile trail race in central or eastern Kentucky. Don't miss your chance to be part of this inaugural event along Kentucky's LONG trail, the Sheltowee Trace.
Start Time: 7:00am
Cut Off: 9:00pm (14 hours)
50 miles not your cup of tea? We have a marathon distance just for you! This is the perfect chance to introduce yourself to trail running. You'll run along the Sheltowee with the 50 milers until the 13 mile marker then turn around and head back to town for a complete marathon.
Start Time: 7:00am
Cut-Off: 9:00pm (14 hours!)
PACKET PICKUP & CHECK IN
Specific packet pickup times and locations are still being determined. Runners will have two packet pickup opportunities: Friday evening and Saturday morning before the race in Morehead, KY.
Stay tuned for more info to come on packet pickup and check in details.
ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN ON SATURDAY MORNING REGARDLESS OF WHEN YOU PICKED UP YOUR PACKET.
AWARDS AND SWAG
All participants receive a race shirt.
All finishers of the regardless of distance receive a special finisher's award.
Top three men and women at each distance receive a special award.
We stand by our belief that these are the BEST awards out there. Just check out some of our other races if you're not sure!
CREW AND PACER INFORMATION
Crews and pacers will be allowed for 50 mile racers only. Marathon runners will not be permitted to have crew or pacer. 50 milers may have crew access at the northern terminus aid station at the turnaround point at mile 25(ish). Pacers may join their runners at this point. We are working on getting an additional crew/pacer location later in the race, so please check back here for that information soon. Also check back for the official Big Turtle Race Guide which will contain all the information on this page as well as additional details for crews and pacers.