Big South Fork 17.5 Mile and 10k Trail Race
Years ago when I was first asked to investigate the possibility of staging
a trail race at Big South Fork, I never imagined what a wonderful race
and event this would become. Now, as we prepare for our 20th Anniversary
running on September 28, 2013, I'm as excited about it as ever. If you
are a runner and a lover of the outdoors, this is the race for you! And
this year we'll again offer a 10k trail run for those who are reluctant
to try the full distance.
The 17.5 Mile course is challenging, of course, but not so tortuous that
you can't find your rhythm and stride for long portions of the race. We
start with around a half mile of pavement to get you going, followed by
a little over a mile on a gravel road to let everyone spread out. After
that, it's all single-track starting with a beautiful descent through
the old Litton Farm. Three miles later we reach the Grand Gap loop, a
6.8 mile loop with gorgeous views of the gorge containing the Big South
Fork of the Cumberland River. Following the loop, the 5 mile trek into
the finish is highlighted by bluffs and a couple of ladders to climb near
the end. The 10k course will be an out and back loop course that is primarily
Post-Race is a great party with great food served before the awards ceremony.
Our numbers are growing every year and we usually have participants from
9 or 10 states. It's a great change of pace for the road runner and a
great prep for a half-marathon, marathon or ultra.
Course records are 1:49:28 for the men and 2:07:53 for the women. ---
Bobby Glenn, Race Director
Averages: High 75 Low 50.
The temps are often a bit cooler up at Big South Fork, but pine beetles
have denuded some of the canopy, allowing more sun to seep through