Big Turtle 50 Miler


Apr 22, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Big Turtle 50 Miler

University Blvd

Moorehead KY, 40351


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Entry Fee $100
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $121
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 10M
  • 50K
  • 50M

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 500

Course Map: Download Map

Starting Elevation: 736

High Point: 1392

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 60%

First Year of the Event: 2017

Men's Record: 7:53:25

Women's Record: 10:09:16


Morehead, Kentucky is now Kentucky’s go-to spot for trail running with the Big Turtle 50 Miler! The Big Turtle is a fun and challenging trail running event that follows 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.

Start Time: 7:00am

Cut-Off: 7:00pm (12 hours)

Start Time: 9:00am

Cut-Off: 2:00pm (5 hours)

Start Time: 7:00am

Cut Off: 10:00pm (15 hours)


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Past Event Dates

Held on Apr 22, 2023

Held on Apr 23, 2022

Held on Apr 24, 2021

Held on Apr 25, 2020

Held on Apr 27, 2019

Held on Apr 21, 2018

Held on Apr 29, 2017

Event Results

View 2019 Results

View 2018 Results

View 2017 Results