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.