Big Turtle 50 Miler

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 at 7:00am

Morehead State University
150 University Boulevard

Morehead, Kentucky is not only one of the state's most popular official Trail Towns.  We are making it a go-to spot for trail running with the Big Turtle 50 Miler!  The Big Turtle is a fun and challenging trail running event that runs along the northern section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.  Why Big Turtle?  Well, back in the day the Shawnee gave Daniel Boone the nickname "Sheltowee" which means "Big Turtle." 

The race is an out and back course that runs from beautiful downtown Morehead to the northern terminus of the Sheltowee Trace and back.  50K-ers and 10 Milers turn back sooner. 

This race will give you a little bit of everything:  rolling meadows, steep climbs and descents, rugged terrain, creek crossings, fast forest roads, and amazing spring views of the surrounding foothills.  The Big Turtle is a challenge that only a select few have been able to conquer.  Sign up today to test yourself at one of the biggest trail races in Kentucky.


50 Miler - 7:00am
50K - 7:00am
10 Miler - 9:00am


The Big Turtle 50 Miler is a simple out and back route along the iconic Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.  All runners start in downtown Morehead on the campus of Morehead State University.  50 Milers will run The Trace all the way from downtown Morehead to the trails northern terminus in northern Rowan County.  50k runners will turn around at the Dry Branch Aid Station (mile 15.6) and 10 Milers will turn around at the first aid station at FS977L (mile 5).

The race will start and finish on the lawn of the Laughlin Health Building on the campus of Morehead State University.  Runners will run approximately a half mile through the Morehead State University campus before reaching the trail head at Eagle Lake.  Then you are on the Trace. 

The 50 mile course has approximately 8,000 feet of elevation gain and equal descent.  The 50K course will give you approximately 3,800 feet of elevation gain and equal descent.  10 Milers will see approximately 1,600 feet of elevation gain and descent.  Click the buttons below for maps, turn by turn directions, and downloadable GPS files.

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All finishers of the regardless of distance receive a special finisher's award.
Top three men and women at each distance receive a special award.

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