+ I've never done a trail race before. Can I do Rough?
The short answer is yes, but you need to think long and hard about what you are getting yourself into. This SHOULD NOT be your first trail race. This is a tough course with a lot of elevation change and very technical trails. You'll be running along some gorgeous but down right dangerous cliff lines. Rough Trail itself is a long stretch without any aid stations and limited access for emergency personnel. We believe that the only things holding you back are your own limitations. This race exists to give you the opportunity to go beyond those limits and find out just how far you can go. You can do this race, but you need to be prepared for a long, hard day!
+ How long do I have to complete the race?
A strict 10-hour course cut-off will be enforced for the 50k and 8 hours for the 25k. This means that you MUST be off the trails by 5pm local time. This applies to both races. This is so that we can make sure everyone is back at the finish line before sun down.
+ Can we camp at the campground before or after the race?
Yes you can, but remember that all campgrounds operated by the US Forest Service such as Koomer Ridge Campground are first come, first served. No camp sites at Koomer Ridge Campground can be reserved. Camping is $10 per night per site, so get there early before the sites fill up!
+ What will the weather be like?
November weather in Kentucky is unpredictable at best. We'd recommend just being prepared for every possible scenario. It will likely be pretty cold at start time, but who knows what the afternoon might have in store.
+ Will I get wet?
Probably! There are a number of water crossings. Depending on how much rainfall we have in the days prior to the race the crossings could vary greatly in size. November is typically pretty dry in Kentucky, but be prepared to have wet feet.