2014 Rugged Red Half Marathon
The Rugged Red Trail Half-Marathon begins downhill on Chimney Top Road. This beginning stretch of partially shaded, light crushed gravel is about 1.7 miles long and wide enough to accomodate two cars, so runners can start in small waves of about 50 runners each. The road slopes down and drops about 200 feet before entering the trail in Rough Trail Parking Lot.
It continues down into "The Red" via Rough Trail until it connects with Koomer Ridge Trail. This dirt stretch starts out flat and wide enough to pass. However, it quickly narrows and descends steeply (about 400 feet in only 0.7 miles). The trail winds downward with a few stairsteps and slopes, is completely canopied (shaded) and ends in the bed of the Gorge at Chimney Top Creek.
Runners cross the Creek, turn left, and hop onto Koomer Trail.
We run up Koomer Trail for 1.6 miles until Buck intersection. Now, the trail climbs out of the bottom quickly via some stair stepping roots and rocks.The dirt trail soon peaks at a gorgeous overlook and stays level as it approaches Buck Trail.
We then take a right onto Buck Trail until Pinch 'Em Tight. This super scenic, very enjoyabe 1.5 mile dirt stretch with modest dips and slopes. Great time to recover before the technical trail ahead. Single file running for the most part.
Pinch 'Em Tight A quick descent on this 0.4 mile segment brings the trail back down to Chimney Top Creek, which it crosses once on this segment. Right onto Rough Trail/Sheltowee Trace Here we start seeing the trail marked by white diamonds and turtles painted on trees. After passing by Signature Rock (very pretty overlook) we once again descend about 400 feet rathar quickly. We cross the creek.This is a scenic part of trail with good visibility and is less shaded than most of the rest of the trail. We cross the creek twice more. Left onto Sheltowee Trace to the Swinging Bridge The trail starts down on the river bed, canopied on single track dirt trail, and by the time it has traced 1.5 miles, it's climbed a couple hundred feet, has leveled out to a comfortable stretch of trail, and is following the river until the swinging bridge. From the Bridge to Bison The next 3.2 miles are on the Sheltowee outside of the actual gorge. A short, quick climb takes the trail out to cross 715. It winds in and out of creeks with easy rises and falls. About 2.5 miles into this section, the trail climbs up tall boulder stairsteps, widens and levels out, and passes Indian Arch (Be sure to pick your head up for a minute here). An actual stairway (short) leads back to the single track dirt trail. The trail continues, sloped downill, as it passes Indian Steps (sandstones steps on your left), crosses the water twice, and finally meets up with Bison Way Trail at a Y intersection. Go right on Bison Way Trail.
Bison Way Trail to Finish Line This easy downward sloping trail head lasts one mile before it exits into a parking lot. Our race route turns left onto 715, which you'll run up until the Gladie Center parking lot. Take a right down the parking on the furthest right to get to the Finish Line at the historic cabin outside of the Daniel Boone National Forest's Gladie Center. RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Friday, September 5th
Opening Bonfire and Check-in! 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Opening bonfire at Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast with our inaugural Rugged Red check-in!
Live music, tailgating and s'mores!
Race Day, Saturday, September 6th
6:00 AM Arrive at Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast
6:30 AM Sharp! Shuttle depart Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast for our Start Line
8:00 AM Rugged Red Start Time!
We utilize a Wave Start of about 50 runners per Wave.
** Because the race takes place in Daniel Boone National Forest, parking at our Start Line is prohibited.
10:00 AM - Noon After finishing and recovering with food and drinks at our Finish Line, racers are shuttled back to Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast for our Post-Race Party and Celebration!
12:00 - 4:00 PM Post Race Awards, Party, Celebration and Tailgating back at Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast with more live music!