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. 50k runners will turn around at the Dry Branch Aid Station (mile 15.6) and 10 Milers will turn around at the first aid station at FS977L (mile 5).
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 the Morehead State University campus before reaching the trail head at Eagle Lake. Then you are on the Trace.
The 50 mile course has approximately 7,000 feet of elevation gain and equal descent. The 50K course will give you approximately 3,800 feet of elevation gain and equal descent. 10 Milers will see approximately 1,600 feet of elevation gain and 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.