Race Rules

Rules are a necessary evil, but these'ns MUST be followed by all participants.  Violation of any of these rules could result in disqualification.

  1. Respect the land!  This race takes place on public property, our Daniel Boone National Forest.  We are privileged to have the resources and the opportunity to enjoy them in our way of running.  DO NOT litter, pick wildflowers, or otherwise deface the forest in any way.  Failure to follow this rule will get you disqualified from the race.  
  2. Stay on course and on trail.  Going off trail creates a negative ecological impact.  So if there is an obstacle in your path go through it, over it, or under it.  If there is mud, get muddy.  If there is water, get wet.  If there is a tree down, find a way over it.  This isn’t just about the environment.  It’s about challenging yourself.  For you safety and for the sake of the environment please follow all course markings on the trail and the road.
  3. Be respectful and courteous of each other.  If you need to pass another runner you must announce your intent to do so.  If you are being passed, step aside and let the other runner by when you feel safe enough to do so especially on the trail section.
  4. Be respectful to and obey all race volunteers.  Thank the volunteers and obey the orders of the course marshals and emergency personnel.  They want you to have a great time, but above all they want you to be safe.  
  5. Take nothing.  Leave nothing.  Leave no trace of your presence by taking any trash out with you along the course.  You can drop any trash at the finish line or any of the aid stations.  Do not pick or otherwise deface any plant life.   
  6. Leave no injured runner behind.  Help your fellow competitors.  If you come upon an injured runner, help them if you can or run to the nearest race official.  Tell the race official the injured runner’s location, bib number, and nature of the injury.
  7. Be prepared for everything.  Rain.  Heat.  Cold.  Mud.  We never know what mother nature will throw at us.  This is one of the most diverse trails you'll find in Kentucky.  One moment is rolling and beautiful and the next you are on a very technical descent.  There are steep climbs and low creek running plus several miles of road running at the end to get back to the finish line. 
  8. Runners who leave the established course will be disqualified.  ALL RUNNERS will be checked in and out of every aid station.  If your bib number is not recorded at every aid station we will assume you did not run the entire course.  Any runner caught cutting course will be disqualified.
  9. No pets are allowed at the race.  This includes dogs on or off leash.  Per regulations related to our USATF event sanction and Next Opportunity insurance policies pets are prohibited on the race course for the duration of that event.