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 will be available for online purchase on March 1, 2018. 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)

Training Runs

Saturday, jan. 13, 2018

Location: Eagle Lake Trailhead

Distances vary:  out-and-back route. 

Run starts at 8:30am

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

LocationSheltowee Trace Northern Terminus

Distances vary:  out-and-back route

Run starts at 8:30am

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SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018

Location: 977A Aid Station on FS-977

Distances vary (6, 10, or 15 miles)

Run starts at 8:30am

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