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Registration


Big Turtle 50 Miler

50 Mile and Marathon Trail Races

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Morehead, Kentucky

REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

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Registration


Big Turtle 50 Miler

50 Mile and Marathon Trail Races

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Morehead, Kentucky

REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

*NO REFUNDS OR DEFERMENTS.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

**TRANSFERS SUBJECT TO $5 TRANSFER FEE.

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Race Info


Race Info

Race Info


Race Info

GENERAL INFO

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.

This race will give you a little bit of everything:  rolling meadows, steep climbs and descents, rugged terrain, creek crossings, fast forest roads, and amazing spring views of the surrounding foothills.  The Big Turtle is a challenge that only a select few have been able to conquer.  Sign up today to test yourself at one of the biggest trail races in Kentucky.

50 Miler

Start Time:  7:00am

Cut Off:  10:00pm (15 hours)

marathon

Start Time:  7:00am

Cut-Off:  10:00pm (15 hours!)

Pre Race Dinner and Meeting

There will be a pre race dinner and meeting on Friday night 5pm-630pm at the Morehead Conference Center.  Packet pickup will begin at 4:30pm.  Dinner will begin at 5pm.  There will be a pre race meeting at 5:45.  This is an important safety and course logistics meeting, so it will be very beneficial for you to be there.

Location:  

Morehead Conference Center, 111 E First St, Morehead, KY 40351

Times:  

4:30pm - Packet Pickup Begins

5pm - Dinner Begins

5:45pm - Pre Race Meeting

630pm  - Everybody OUT!

Packet Pickup & cHECK iN

There are two packet pickup times.

Friday, April 28th

4:30pm-6:30pm

Morehead Conference Center, 111 E First St, Morehead, KY 40351

Saturday, April 29th

5:30am-6:45am

Laughlin Health Building, Morehead State University, University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351

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!

CREWs , pacers, AND drop bags

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 Elk Lick aid station at mile 17(ish) and 33(ish)  and at Big Perry Road/FS977 at mile 40(ish).  Pacers may join their runners at these points.  Also check out the official Big Turtle Event Guide below which contains all the information on this page as well as additional details for crews and pacers.

50 Mile runners can also have a drop bag.  Drop bags will be available at the crew locations at the Elk Lick and Big Perry/977A aid stations.  That means you may have TWO drop bags.  Drop bags must be dropped off in the morning on Saturday prior to the start of the race.  Please clearly label your drop bags with your bib number.  Drop bags will be brought back to the race start after the race by 10pm.  

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Course


Course

Course


Course

The Big Turtle 50 Miler is a simple out and back route along the iconic Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.  All runners start in downtown Morehead on the campus of Morehead State University.  50 Milers will run The Trace all the way from downtown Morehead to the trails northern terminus in northern Rowan County.  Marathon runners will turn around after 13.1 miles.

The race will start and finish on the lawn of the Laughlin Health Building on the campus of Morehead State University.  Runners will run approximately a half mile through town before reaching the trail head at Eagle Lake.  Then you are on the Trace.  The first climb is affectionately known by hikers as "Heart Attack Hill".  You're welcome!  Be prepared for a tough climb to start out the race.  After that the course follows the ridgeline.

The 50 mile course has approximately 5,800 feet of elevation gain and equal descent.  The marathon course will give you approximately 2,400 feet of elevation gain and equal descent.  Click the buttons below for maps, turn by turn directions, and downloadable GPS files.

*All distances and elevations are based on GPS data and are approximate.

Elevation data shown on this image is incorrect.  Total elevation for the course is approx. 5,800+, 5,800-

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Location


Location

Location


Location

The Big Turtle 50 Miler and Marathon trail races take place along Kentucky's long trail:  the Sheltowee Trace.  The races will start and finish on the lawn of the Laughlin Health Building on the campus of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.  Parking for racers will be available at the University overflow parking lot at East Wilkinson Blvd. and University Blvd.  Runners make a short 2 block walk to the Laughlin Building for the start of the race.

For directions to the parking lot use the following address and/or GPS coordinates:

Overflow Parking, University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351

GPS Coordinates:  38.186480, -83.429045

The start and finish line is at Morehead State University's Laughlin Health Building University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351. (see Parking map above)

 
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Rules


Race Rules

Rules


Race Rules

Nobody likes rules; but in order to maintain the integrity of the race, keep everyone safe, and keep it fair we need to law down some rules.  Violation of any of these rules could result in disqualification.

  1. Respect the land!  This race is run on both private land and public land across the Daniel Boone National Forest.  We proudly support the US Forest Service and the private landowners who allow the Trace to flourish.  As such any misuse of this great land will not be tolerated.  Next Opportunity strives for sustainability in all of our races, and we hold our runners to the same standard.  DO NOT litter, pick wildflowers, or otherwise deface the property in any way.  Failure to follow this rule will get you disqualified from the race and asked to leave the premises.  
  2. Stay on course and on trail.  Going off trail creates a negative ecological impact.  So if there is an obstacle in your path go through it, over it, or under it.  If there is mud, get muddy.  If there is water, get wet.  If there is a tree down, find a way over it.  This isn’t just about the environment.  It’s about challenging yourself.  Again, so of this course crosses private land and deviation from the marked trail of the race course will be considered trespassing.
  3. Be respectful and courteous of each other.  If you need to pass another runner you must announce your intent to do so.  If you are being passed, step aside and let the other runner by when you feel safe enough to do so.  Offer some words of encouragement to each other while you're at it!
  4. Be respectful to and obey all race volunteers.  Thank the volunteers and obey the orders of the course marshals and emergency personnel.  They want you to have a great time, but above all they want you to be safe.  
  5. Take nothing.  Leave nothing.  Leave no trace of your presence by taking any trash out with you.  Do not pick or otherwise deface any plant life.  This trail is extremely well-maintained, and we want to keep it that way. 
  6. Use extreme caution and run on the LEFT side of the road when running through the city of Morehead.  That is all.
  7. Leave no injured runner behind.  Help your fellow competitors.  If you come upon an injured runner, help them if you can or run to the nearest race official.  Tell the race official the injured runner’s location, bib number, and nature of the injury.
  8. Know what you're getting into.  While this is a great introductory race, trail running is never to be taken lightly.  Train and prepare properly.  Make sure you get some experience running trails before you attempt to tackle the marathon or 50 mile distance.  This race is challenging but very achievable if you are properly prepared.  
  9. Crews are allowed at the 50 mile turnaround only.  50 mile runners may have crew.  There are two crew points:  Elk Lick Road and FS977/Big Perry Road.  Reference the Event Guide above for specific directions.  Any runner who receives aid from a crew at any other point in the race will be disqualified.  Any crew teams attempting to access any other aid station locations will have their runner disqualified.  This is due to the remoteness of our aid stations.  
  10. All runners must check in and out of every aid station.  This is to ensure that everyone is accounted for and that everyone runs the full distance of each race.  If you do not check in/out at of any aid station you will be subject to disqualification.  There will be a volunteer at each aid station responsible for checking each runner in and out.  It is the runner's responsibility to make sure he or she gets checked in and out of every aid station.  When you arrive at an aid station, announce your bib number and make sure that you get checked in.  The same goes for when you leave the aid station.
  11. Runners must run the full distance in order to receive an official finishing time.  Turning back before you reach the turnaround of either the 50 mile or marathon distance will be cause for disqualification.  Marathon runners will have a check point at their turnaround at the 13 mile mark.  This is not an aid station, but you will have to check in and out of this station as well.
  12. No pets are allowed at the race.  This includes dogs on or off leash.  Per regulations related to our USATF event sanction and Next Opportunity insurance policies pets are prohibited on the race course and at the race site for the duration of that event.  That includes Friday night.  We love our doggies, but they'll have to miss out on the Hot Hot Hundred.

An 15-HOUR COURSE CUT-OFF WILL BE ENFORCED FOR THE 50 MILER!!  This cut-off will also apply to the marathon distance.

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FAQ


FAQ

FAQ


FAQ

You've got questions.  We've got FAQs.  Click the button below to view them all.

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Volunteer


Volunteer

Volunteer


Volunteer

Volunteers make Next Opportunity races successful.  Period.  Without volunteers our events will fail!  All Volunteers receive a FREE SHIRT and 25% off registration fees for any future Next Opportunity Events race.  Course sweepers receive even BIGGER discounts.  Click the button below to see the volunteer opportunities and express your interest in volunteering.

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Lodging


Lodging

Lodging


Lodging

There are TONS of lodging options in Morehead, Kentucky.  We are currently working with local lodging providers to get you deals, so please check back here soon for more info on that.  Until then, check out this web site for complete info on the lodging that is available in town:  http://www.moreheadtourism.com/sleep/ 

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Sponsors


Sponsors

Our events are the best because we have the best sponsors!  

Sponsors


Sponsors

Our events are the best because we have the best sponsors!  

We would like to thank Morehead Tourism for collaborating with us and supporting the Big Turtle trail races.  This race would not be possible without their support.  Thank you for allowing us to part of this amazing community.

We would like to thank Morehead Tourism for collaborating with us and supporting the Big Turtle trail races.  This race would not be possible without their support.  Thank you for allowing us to part of this amazing community.

Altra is our official footwear sponsor of 2017!  Every Bluegrass Trail Running Series participant will receive 25% off at altrarunning.com.  Overall winners of Big Turtle 50 Miler & Marathon will receive a $100 Altra gift card, and the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series champions (male and female) will receive FREE ALTRA SHOES!  Thank you Altra!

Altra is our official footwear sponsor of 2017!  Every Bluegrass Trail Running Series participant will receive 25% off at altrarunning.com.  Overall winners of Big Turtle 50 Miler & Marathon will receive a $100 Altra gift card, and the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series champions (male and female) will receive FREE ALTRA SHOES!  Thank you Altra!

BUFF Inc. is the official headwear sponsor of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series!  They will be donating a variety of awesome BUFF products for the top finishers at each event plus some lucky contest winners!

BUFF Inc. is the official headwear sponsor of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series!  They will be donating a variety of awesome BUFF products for the top finishers at each event plus some lucky contest winners!

West Sixth Brewing is our official beer sponsor of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series.  We will have West Sixth swag like pint or can glasses for every series participant!  Thank you West Sixth!  

West Sixth Brewing is our official beer sponsor of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series.  We will have West Sixth swag like pint or can glasses for every series participant!  Thank you West Sixth!