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.


Start Time:  7:00am

Cut-Off:  7:00pm (12 hours)

10 Miler

Start Time:  9:00am

Cut-Off:  2:00pm (5 hours)

50 Miler

Start Time:  7:00am

Cut Off:  10:00pm (15 hours)

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.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup,Meeting, & Meal

Location: Laughlin Health Building Gymnasium, Morehead State University

Times: 4pm - 630pm

Packet pickup begins at 4pm. Meal begins at 5pm. Announcements and presentation at 5:30pm.

The pre-race meeting is not required but will be extremely beneficial to runners. Pre-race announcements will be covered as well as important details from the Race Directors. The pre-race meal will be a pasta dinner with vegetarian options.  

Meal Tickets

Meal tickets must be purchased for $7 for anyone wishing to eat dinner.  Meal tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased via Ultrasignup (click the button below). Meal tickets may also be purchased on site on Friday night. Attendees must have a meal ticket in order to eat dinner at the Friday night event.


Race Day Packet Pickup & Check In

Location: Laughlin Health Building Lawn, Morehead State University

Times: Beginning at 6:00am*

*10 Miler packet pickup will close at 6:50am for the 50M/50K start. It will reopen from 7:30am to 8:45am.

Pre Race Meeting / Announcements

Location: Start Line

Time: 6:50am (50M & 50K); 8:50am (10M)

Race Start

Location: Start Line

Time: 7:00am (50M/50K); 9:00am (10M)

Crews, Pacers, & Drop Bags

IMPORTANT: Reference the Official 2018 Event Guide below for complete details on Crew locations, driving directions, and other instructions.


50 Mile runners may have a crew. 50K and 10 Mile runners may not. 50 Mile runners can see their crew FOUR TIMES at three separate locations. Those are:

  1. Boy Meets World Aid Station - Mile 15 & 35
  2. The Wonder Years Aid Station - Mile 25
  3. Family Matters Aid Station - Mile 40


Only 50 Mile runners may have a pacer. 50 Milers can pick up their pacer at two locations:

  1. Boy Meets World Aid Station - Mile 35
  2. Family Matters Aid Station - Mile 40

Drop Bags

50 Mile runners and 50K runners may have drop bags. 50 Milers can have three drop bags. 50K runners may have 2. Drop bag locations are:

  1. Family Matters Aid Station - 50K & 50M
  2. Boy Meets World Aid Station - 50K & 50M
  3. The Wonder Years Aid Station - 50M Only

Awards and SWAG

Custom Big Turtle UV Half BUFF®

Custom multifunctional UV headbands from BUFF, Inc. are available for pre-order NOW. These UV Half BUFF® will be on sale at the Friday night dinner and packet pickup. The headbands are available for pre-order NOW and can be purchased via Ultrasignup.com. Limited quantities are available. So order yours today, and it will be in your race packet at packet pickup!

Not registered for the race yet? You can purchase your BUFF® during registration!



All registered runners receive Big Turtle stickers, a race shirt, and other SWAG.

All finishers receive a finisher medal. Top 3 men and women at each distance receive a special award.