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Central Kentucky Race Management and our friends with the Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America are excited to see each of you Saturday morning for the very first Crooked Creek Ultra Trail Race! We will have runners from all over the country trying to tame the tough Crooked Creek course. A big thank you to our sponsors Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, PT Pros, The Trail Sisters of Louisville, and the Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America. A HUGE shout-out to Ranger Tom who built these trails over 25 years ago and still maintains them today. He has worked many hours getting ready for this weekend…...so just remember it is Ranger Tom’s Fault! Here are a few other details you will need for this weekend.
The Crooked Creek Ultra Trail Run will begin Saturday, December 3rd at 7am EST at the Harry S. Frazier Scout Reservation. The address is 950 Terry Drive, Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165. Just follow the main road all the way back to the dining hall. The start-finish line will be nearby.
* ½ Marathon and Marathon events are also scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm and Sunday, December 4th at 7am.
Early Packet Pickup will be Friday from 3pm to 9pm Eastern Time at the Dining Hall. If you cannot make packet pick up on December 2nd, we will have race day packet pickup from 6 am to 6:45am on December 3rd at the dining hall. If you are late, you can still start the race but your time begins at 7 am if you are there or not. All participants running the Saturday night or Sunday Morning half marathon and full marathon options will be able to pick up their packet all day at the start/finish line timing tent.
We use dynamic bib assignment, meaning, we will assign you a bib when you pick up your packet. If you have a bib number preference, please contact us and we assign that bib number ahead of time. This will be on a first-come basis. FYI, bib number 1 is already assigned.
When you pick up your packet, we will take a photo of you with your bib. If you have family or crew, you can have them join you in the photo. You will also be required to either be present for the safety brief at approximately 6 pm on December 2nd or read and sign the safety briefing anytime until 6:50 am on the 3rd. We will have you sign our roster after the briefing.
We will also conduct a safety gear check. Required items are working lights (headlamp, handheld, etc.). Hydration plan (handheld bottle or backpack).
A local scout troop has graciously agreed to provide a spaghetti dinner Friday night in the dining hall for a small fee as a fundraiser for their troop. The troop will also be offering food all day Saturday for the crews and families to enjoy in the heated dining hall. Please consider supporting them, they are giving up their weekend to make sure we are well fed and taken care of.
There are numerous hotels within 20 minutes of Camp Crooked Creek if you are hoping not to make a long drive race morning. You can find accommodations at the Shepherdsville exit north on I-65 and Elizabethtown is close to 20 minutes south on I-65 and has quite a few hotels right off of the exit. Runners may also reserve unheated cabins and camping spots on the scout reservation by visiting the link on the registration page, but there are no water or electric hookups available. If you are planning on bringing a camper please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make plans to have room for everyone.
Regular Parking will be close to our start/finish line in a large gravel lot in front of the dining hall. We will have separate parking for anyone running the 100 mile or 50 mile event that would like to crew from their car on pit row. We believe we have room for all of the 100 and 50 participants to park a vehicle there. It will offer a cool race vibe for all runners to enjoy. Like a trail running tailgate party area. Passes for that area can be requested at check-in.
Online registration will remain open until 15 minutes prior to each start time of the events. Registering on your phone is quick and easy. Cash registrations will also be taken on race day.
The runners/crew area will be located in the large grass gathering area in front of the dining hall, all around the start-finish line area, and along the gravel road heading out on the course. There will be plenty of room for tents and canopies. Bathrooms, showers, fire pit, and lighting will also be available in that area. The first water stop 2.5 miles into the course will pass within a few yards of this area.
Also, the scouts are being very generous, they ask we clean up after ourselves. This means if you bring it in, you take it out. If our course marshals observe participants littering on the course, we will disqualify you. Trash containers will be available on the course, please use them.
All runners are allowed a standard size drop bag, but the bags are NOT required gear. You can drop your bag off at packet pick up. We will provide you with a bag tag with your bib number on it. We will have a drop bag area at the start line. We will accept drop bags starting at 6:30 am on the 4th. We will transport your bag to the Cub World aid station. Once you are done with your bag (are no longer running) please place your drop bag in the area marked return. You may pick up your drop bag at any time from the Cub World aid station once you have completed your run. You may also place a drop bag near the start/finish line if you are crewing yourself.
The course is 12.6 miles of rolling terrain for the 50 and 100 milers (that’s what some people call hilly). We have one small ½ mile section where half and full marathoners will divert from the regular course to pick up the extra distance you will need to get to 13.1 and 26.2…..we wouldn’t want to cheat you out of distance. ;) The course offers plenty of viewing and cheering points for your friends, family, and crew. We will have confidence flags and directional arrows on the course to guide you along the way. Orange tape will also be used to mark off trails that aren't being used for the event. If you have participated in one of our events before you know we like to overmark the course. Runners will have about ¾ of a mile of a gravel road that meanders through a few scout camps to create space at the beginning of each loop before entering the first hilly section of the course. After a little section of trail a beautiful view of the lake comes into sight…….and that is where we will leave it. The rest of the Crooked Creek course will be a new adventure every step you take. Enjoy.
We will have 5 aid stations. The first one will be located at the start/finish line (crew access) and will be a fully stocked aid station sponsored by The Trail Sisters of Louisville. The second is a water station located about 2.5 miles into the course (crew access). The third aid station is around mile 5 and will have water, Powerade, and light snacks only. The fourth aid station is the Cub World aid station at mile 8. This will be where you can find your drop bag as well as warm food and a friendly staff of volunteers ready to help. This year the Cub World Aid Station is being by two local ultra runners legends Glenn and Abbi. Get ready to be well taken care of and sent off with love and energy. The fifth aid station is at about mile 10 on the trail. This aid station is water only (no crew access).
Crew and family members will be able to see and assist their runners at the 2.5 mile point on the trail when it snakes right by the start/finish line. Also at the 3 mile mark as it crosses Mago Lane. Another Viewing point is at mile 4.5 when runners cross Mago Lane again. Mile 5 the Leadership Retreat Building will be a great spot to say hey to your favorite runner. At mile 6.5 runners will cross right in front of the parking area for the Cub World Aid Station. Runners will enter the Cub World Aid Station just past mile 8. That will be the last viewing point before they return to the start-finish line.
If you decide you want to change your distance, please notify us at the start line. After you complete the first, or subsequent loops and decide to change distance, please inform us upon completing your current loop. If you drop down to a shorter distance, you will be awarded for the distance you competed (depending on availability, you award may need to be mailed to. For example, if you are participating in the 100 mile race and complete 75 miles, you will be awarded the 50 mile buckle. If you change your distance, you will not be eligible for overall awards.
Due to the rugged nature of the trail, we were asked to not allow pets on the course.
We will allow pacers for the 50 mile and 100 mile distances only. Pacers will be allowed after you have completed two loops, so on your third loop, a pacer is allowed. If you use a pacer, you will need to make sure we know and they are checked in. They will be required to wear a pacer bib as well as sign our waiver and participate in the safety briefing. They will be required to have a light and hydration methods.
Race Cutoff Times – The race will begin at 7 am on December 4th. This will be a “gun time” start. We are using chips, but everyone will have the same start time regardless of when you actually start the race.
Half Marathon – 8 hours. This is a “soft” cutoff. If you are close to finishing, we will allow you to finish and you will receive your finisher medal but will not be eligible for division awards/recognition.
Marathon - 8 hours. This is a “soft” cutoff. If you are close to finishing, we will allow you to finish and you will receive your finisher medal but will not be eligible for division awards/recognition.
50-mile – 24 hours. This is a hard cutoff. We will remove you from the course if you have not finished within the 24-hour time limit. If you have not started your last loop by 18h into the race we will not allow you to continue.
100-mile – 36 hours. This is a hard cutoff. We will remove you from the course if you have not finished within the 36-hour time limit. If you have not started your last loop by 31hours and 30 minutes into the race we will not allow you to continue.
First aid will be available at the start/finish line next to Race Headquarters. For life-threatening needs, please call 911, and notify the staff of your need. The course is marked off in lettered sections to help emergency personnel find you in a quick fashion.
Top two overall male and female finishers from each distance will receive custom podium awards.
All finishers will receive either a belt buckle or a medal (depending on the distance registered). If you do not complete the distance you are registered for then “drop down” awards may need to be mailed to you at a later date.
Also, any finisher completing the 100-mile race under 24 hours, will receive a custom Crooked Creek jacket.
We will be offering chip timing of each loop. Friends and family can keep track of your loops by visiting www.ckracemanagement.com.
We look forward to seeing you for a fun and challenging Crooked Creek Event!
Greg & Jeff
Central Kentucky Race Management