ABOUTHERE IS WHY THE RUGGED RED IS SO SPECIAL!
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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. We were told by the State of Kentucky to put on events to bring in people for tourism; use the breathtaking landscape to our advantage, not destroy it with mining and rock quarries.
We took their advice to heart and began planning for The Rugged Red trail half marathon in the Red River Gorge and mostly on the Sheltowee Trace trail. We had a few glitches, which is to be expected when you are doing something for the first time. However, to hear the runners, it was a tremendous success. They have posted all over the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We did get some negative reporting from Lexington News Channels and the runners were on it responding positively about all that went right about the event; how beautiful the Gorge is and the pride they took in facing the challenge of The Rugged Red. The Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team were correcting their story about those who required aid. We are eternally grateful for the Tri-County (Wolfe, Powell, and Menifee) Search and Rescue Teams, EMS, etc involved in this race. They came through for the runners who were having difficulties in muscle strains, sprains, and overheating; which is typical for this kind of event. This is not your granny’s stroll in the woods, this is The RUGGED Red.