The Rough Trail 50K 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 50K 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 50K 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  



Packet pickup for the 2018 Rough Trail 50K / 25K will be available at the following times:

  • Friday 11/9 4pm-6pm @ Koomer Ridge Campground Ampitheater
  • Saturday 11/10 5:30am-8:45am @ Koomer Ridge Campground Ampitheater
    • Click HERE for directions to Koomer Ridge Campground


All participants receive a race shirt.
All finishers receive a special finisher's award.  
Top three men and women from each race receive a special award.

*All distance and elevation data is approximate.

Training Runs

SUNDAY, June 24, 2018

LocationAuxier Ridge Trailhead

Distances vary - 5 mile loop

Run starts at 8:30am

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SUNDAY, Oct. 21, 2018

LocationGray's Arch Picnic Area

Distances vary - Route TBD

Run starts at 8:30am

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