The Rough Trail Ultramarathon is one of the roughest, toughest, and damn hardest trail races in the eastern United States.  Taking you the length of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, this 50k trail race will give you a rare opportunity to see the entire Gorge in all of its rough beauty.  Rough is designed for one purpose:  to take you to your limits and give you that rare opportunity to smash through the wall.  In doing so, we believe you learn something new and important about yourself.

Rough Trail Ultramarathon will give you stunning views of ancient rock shelters, natural arches, and the deep expanse of the Red River Gorge.  Oh, and some of the gnarliest trails you’ll find. 

Rough will punish you and trick you into thinking the worst it’s over when it certainly is NOT.  But if you believe you can take the beating and keep moving forward; if you think you have what it takes to learn a hard new truth about yourself; if you want to see some of the most breathtaking, untouched Appalachian country and have one of the most exciting experiences of your life, then Rough is waiting. 

Rough Trail Ultramarathon gives you the option of two distances: 25K and 50K.


25K Trail RAce

Start Time:  9:00am

Cut-Off:  8 hours (5pm)

Distance: 15 miles*

Elevation:  3,845' Gain, 3,845' Loss


Start Time:  7:00am

Cut-Off:  10 hours (5pm)  

Distance:  31 miles*

Elevation:  6,500' Gain, 6,500' Loss  


The Rough Trail Ultra 50k is part of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series.  Find out more about the series by clicking the button below.


Packet pickup for the 2017 Rough Trail Ultramarathon will be available at the following times:

  • Friday 11/11 5pm-7pm @ Sky Bridge Station
    • Click HERE for directions to Sky Bridge Station
  • Saturday 11/11 5:30am-8:45am @ Koomer Ridge Campground
    • Click HERE for directions to Koomer Ridge Campground


All participants receive a race shirt.
All finishers receive a special finisher's award.  Last year we did pint glasses.  2016 will give you another beverage container of some sort!
Top three men and women from each race receive a special award.

We will also be crowning our overall winners of the 2017 Bluegrass Trail Running Series at the Rough Trail finish line.  Be there!

GIVEAWAYS and FREEBIES!!!  Our amazing sponsors will be providing you with a bunch of free stuff so don't miss out and register early to make sure we don't run out.

*All distance and elevation data is approximate.