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The little sister race of the Hot Hot Hundred on August 11th!  Run Timber and Trails 5K as your preview and training run for the Hot Hot Hundred!

The Timber & Trails 5K is no longer being conducted by Next Opportunity Events.

The information on this web page refers to the 2018 event.

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Race Info


The Timber and Trails 5K is a gorgeous and fun 5K trail race at the incredible Hutton-Loyd Tree Farms in Wallingford, Kentucky.  The looped course runs throughout the farm's green lower valley and is the perfect introduction to the Hot Hot Hundred 10K on August 11th!

The perfect training run for the Hot Hot Hundred!


The Hot Hot Hundred's little sister is the PERFECT trail race for any runner regardless of experience.  Rolling meadows and green fields make this 5K a great intro to a new racing venue and a preview of what is to come at the Hot Hot Hundred in August.

5K Start Time:  8:00am


Register EARLY because once each tier sells out the price will go up.

Click the Registration button at the top of this page to register today.

Packet Pickup, cHECK iN, and race day registration

Packet pickup for the Timber and Trails 5K will be available at the race site at Hutton-Loyd Tree Farms on Saturday 7/14 from 6am to 7:45am.  Additional Friday packet pickup times may be announced in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Race day registration is available for the 5K at the Tier 3 price rate.  We can accept cash, check, and credit cards until 7:45am on race morning. 

Awards and SWAG

All participants receive a race shirt.

All finishers receive a finisher's award

Awards will be given to top three overall men and women.

We stand by our belief that Next Opportunity provides some of the best race awards out there!


Timber and Trails 5K is the little sister to the Hot Hot Hundred 10K in August.  Timber and Trails will run around the perimeter of the lower valley of the tree farm.  This race is the perfect Hot Hot Hundred preview.  Get a look at the farm without all the killer hills!  The loop is 3.1 miles of rolling country and green meadows.

See the farm then come back in August for the Hot Hot Hundred to experience all the rugged beauty of the entire property!

*All distances and elevations are based on GPS data and are approximate.



The Timber and Trails 5K trail race takes place at Hutton Loyd Tree Farms in Wallingford, KY just north of Morehead, one of Kentucky's first Trail Towns.  Hutton-Loyd Tree Farm's 1,100+ acres of land is used for Christmas tree farming, logging, and other forestry operations.  The farm owners have opened their gorgeous property exclusively for Next Opportunity and our runners.  

For directions to the race use the following address and/or GPS coordinates:

1 Christmas Tree Rd., Wallingford, KY 41093

GPS Coordinates:  38.3435452,-83.5607667


Race Rules

We try not be a stick in the mud, but we must have rules.  The following race rules are non-negotiable and must be followed by all runners.

  1. Respect the land!  Remember this race is on private property, and our hosts have been extremely gracious in allowing us to have our race on their land.  DO NOT litter, pick wildflowers, or otherwise deface the property in any way.  Failure to follow this rule will get you disqualified from the race and asked to leave the premises.  
  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.  We do have one off-trail section on the race course, so obviously this rule does not apply for that section of the course.
  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.
  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 off the trail with you.  Do not pick or otherwise deface any plant life.  This property is extremely well-maintained, and we want to keep it that way. 
  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. Know what you're getting into.  Yes, this "only" a 5K; but trail racing is always hard.  Simple as that.  Race day in July will be HOT.  We will have aid stations along the course every mile(ish), but you should only run this race if you are prepared to deal with the heat and terrain.  Train appropriately!
  8. No pets are allowed at the race.  This includes dogs on or off leash.  Per regulations related to our USATF event sanction, Next Opportunity insurance policies, and stipulations within the property lease agreement pets are prohibited on the race course and at the race site for the duration of that event.  We love our doggies, but they'll have to miss out on this one.
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+ I've never done a trail race before. Can I do this?

Hell yeah! You can do anything if you prepare properly. It's going to be HOT, and trail running is a different animal than road running. So just make sure you have done some trail running. Unlike the Hot Hot Hundred (our big sister race in August) the Timber and Trails 5K stays in the lower valley of the tree farm and DOES NOT have any major hill climbing. You can do this!

+ What will the weather be like?

We can assume it will be hot! But who know in Kentucky. The race will go on rain or shine. We may delay the start of the race in extreme circumstances such as thunderstorms.

+ Will I get wet?

If it rains, yes! There are no water crossings on this course (unless we get a huge rain on race week!).

+ What if it rains?

The race goes on rain or shine. If severe conditions present themselves we will huddle in the barn and delay the start of the race, but we will do this thing!


Volunteers make Next Opportunity races successful.  Period.  Without volunteers our events will fail!  All Volunteers receive a FREE SHIRT and 25% off registration fees for any future Next Opportunity Events race.  

Can't run Timber and Trails 5K but want to save some $$ on your Hot Hot Hundred registration?  Come out and volunteer with us!

Click the button below to see the volunteer opportunities and express your interest in volunteering.

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