The tiny Village of Grand Rivers, KY (pop 323), located between beautiful Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley contains some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, and two of the nicest resorts... Lighthouse Landing and Green Turtle Bay.
We began with a 23km and 60km in 2004. We didn't know if even a handful of runners would attend when we opened registration. We hosted 94 that first year, and had a blast doing so.
We just hosted our 14th running, and true to recent LBL runs we had a mixture of interesting weather. A beautiful snow shower at the start, lending to some slippery conditions. Everyone had a great time!!
We entertained over 700 runners from across America, Canada, and a few other countries.
We are blessed with a gorgeous course!
Runners begin at the Kentucky Lake shoreline, run past the sailboats as the sun begins to rise, and run almost 2 miles on roads to allow separation before hitting the Canal Loop trail in fabulous Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The 11.3 mile Canal Loop consists of mostly single track dirt. You'll encounter roots, but very few rocks, on the rolling hills of the Barkley Lake side. The second half of the loop is on the Kentucky Lake side. It contains 4 longer climbs of about .25 miles and yields spectacular views of the lake.
All distances start at 06:30 Central Time and have a 12 hour time limit. (NOTE: this one hour increase from the previous limit of 11 hours worked out well, and gave many runners the extra time they needed to complete the 60km or 50 mile course, and earn a beautiful LBL buckle!)
Perhaps you'll see one of the resident bald eagles in flight, or nesting high above the trail on the Barkley Lake side.
Outstanding amenities including:
- Beautiful Custom buckles for ultra marathon finishers (50 mile and 60km).
- Unique Custom medals for marathon and 23km finishers.
- All runners receive a performance tech shirt, running cap, and drawstring backpack.
- Aid stations located every 2-3 miles with friendly volunteers waiting for you.
- Wonderful post race food provided by our hosts at Grand Rivers.
Come see why LBL trail runs has become one of the largest trail runs in the U.S., yet retains its small town feel.