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 fun and challenging 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 northern terminus of the Sheltowee Trace and back.  50K-ers and 10 Milers turn back sooner.  

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)


Start Time:  7:00am

Cut-Off:  5:00pm (10 hours)

10 Miler

Start Time:  9:00am

Cut-Off:  2:00pm (5 hours)

Pre Race Dinner and Meeting

There will be a pre race dinner and meeting on Friday night in downtown Morehead, KY.  Exact times and venue will be announced in the fall of 2017.  The pre-race meeting is an important safety and course logistics meeting, so it will be very beneficial for you to be there.





Packet Pickup & cHECK iN

There are two packet pickup times.

Friday, April 20th

Time and dates will be announced later in the fall of 2017.

Saturday, April 21st


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


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.  50K and 10 Mile 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.  Elk Lick drop bags will be returned to the finish line by 6pm.  Big Perry drop bags will be returned to the finish line by 9pm. 

NOTE:  The Event Guide is your one resource for all relevant information.  You can bookmark that document, print it, or download it.  Just know that if you print it or download the Event Guide it may be updated after you do so.