THE RUGGED RED
RUGGED RED TRAIL HALF MARATHON
A one of a kind course seated in the Red River Gorge. It is very challenging and technical consisting of roots, rocks, creek crossings, steep inclines and declines, stair steps, and uneven trail. Racers should all have trail running experience before the day of race. Accept the Challenge and come Run The Rugged RED!
The Ascent 5K
This course may be shorter, but it is full of challenges and breathtaking views. Plan to take your time with the difficult bits as well as the unmatched vistas. Run with some friends so you can share this unique experience in pristine Kentucky woodlands.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“I loved Rugged Red, the volunteers, were great, Loved the race course and its challenges. The only suggestion I have is maybe have a few basic first aid supplies at the aid stations. As technical as that course is, just having some basic first aid at the checkpoints for falls, or mile 6 hornet stings lol, would be awesome. Really though this race lived up to all the hype, it was truly a great experience!”
Corine LeMaster Pitts
“Fantastic trail race! I especially liked the variable terrain (creeks, dirt, mud, sand, stone, rocks, and the suspension bridge!), single “loop” course (never repeating anything), the challenge of the elevation change, and the friendliness of the volunteers/participants. Awesome experience!”
“Fortunate to have run every one of the Rugged Reds you have put on.”
“This was my first half! Loved this race and all the awesome people we would meet along the trail.”
Emily Schnitzler Geraci
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