Red River Gorge

Race and Adventure Series Rugged RedNada 8K


Is 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!


Kentucky’s Trail Half-Marathon deep in the heart of the world-famous Red River Gorge! Click here for the 2019 race results.


The Nada Tunnel 8K is an 8K walk/run family event on the road that runs through a single lane 900 foot tunnel. Click here for the 2019 race results.


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The turtle is still on the tree and a vaccine and/or cure for this worldwide pandemic is moving slower than we want, but we have hope it will happen. For the safety of all, we have suspended our races and put registration on hold for the Nada Tunnel 8K on June 6th and for the Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon on September 26th. Keep running. Keep Healthy. We love and appreciate you all. We will let you know next steps on June 1.
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“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!”

Adam Hoefler

“Fortunate to have run every one of the Rugged Reds you have put on.”

Julie Bryan

“This was my first half! Loved this race and all the awesome people we would meet along the trail.”

Emily Schnitzler Geraci


Our Host and Race Director

Joe Bowen is best described in two ways. One is where he lives. The second is what he’s done in his life.

Joe has never settled for anything in his life. And at 74 years young, he’s just getting started. You won’t even believe his list of lifelong accomplishments:

  • Papa Joe has biked 14,000 miles across the entire United States for charity. Not once, but twice.

  • Joe owns the Guiness Book for World Record’s for the  longest stilt walk, 3008 miles, across America for the Muscular  Dystrophy Association

  • Joe is the published author of Real Winners Don’t Quit & Stiltwalk

  • Joe received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986 along with John Denver, Jackie Onassis, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio and others.


The Appalachia region has been a victim of poverty for as long as anyone can remember. We are trying to help ourselves make a new vision, a new future, that maintains our environment and culture but brings us up to being more economically stable….Read the whole story in About.


Registration is Suspended

Due to the uncertainty of what the pandemic does to all of us, we have to suspend both races for now. June 1st, we will decide what to do next