Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs

Sat March 9, 2019 Directions RaceJoy Ready

50 mile

6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST


6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST


6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST


6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST
The start of the race is down past the sailboats, along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, KY.

There are four distances to choose from; 50 mile, 60KM, Marathon, and 23KM. They all begin together, along the shoreline of beautiful Kentucky Lake, and proceed about 2 miles to the fabulous Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, and the trail head. The Canal Loop is an 11.3 mile,  mostly single-track, nicely packed dirt track consisting of rolling hills on the Lake Barkley side of the course, and larger hills on the Kentucky Lake side. The course yields spectacular views of both lakes, and is very runnable. 

Sorry, DOGS are not allowed to run or walk with any participant.

This arial view by Colburn Photography shows the start of the race and some of the small sections of road.  It does not show the trails. It gives you a great idea of the overall beauty of the area, and the excitement of the race. 

Fantastic Buckles, Beautiful Medals, and Swag

Packet pick up is a reunion of old friends, and the making of new ones. Typically over 700 runners enjoy picking out a tech short (sometimes long sleeve, sometimes short sleeve), the color of the running style cap of their choice, a drawstring bag to put it all in, and a great pre race Pasta Dinner.

Finishers of the 50 mile or 60km receive a custom belt buckle, while finishers of the Marathon, and 23km are given a beautiful Medal. 

Runners gather at the finish area to cheer their friends and fellow runners, then enjoy marvelous post race food provided by the outstanding citizens of Grand Rivers, KY. 

It's a total experience that'll keep you coming back.

Take a mini-vacation in a World Class resort and experience LBL

Grand Rivers KY, (pop 376), is located at the northern end of the fabulous Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, and surrounded by Kentucky Lake on one side, and Lake Barkley on the other. This quaint little Village is home to great little Antique shops, a nationally acclaimed restaurant (Patti's 1880s settlement), among others, and two World Class resorts in Lighthouse Landing, and Green Turtle Bay. The area swells during the summer months.

Located in western Tennessee and Kentucky, Land Between the Lakes (ie. LBL) is the largest inland peninsula in the U.S.A. Originally created when the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded (creating Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley), LBL features over 170,000 acres of forested & protected public land, and over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Maintained and managed by the USDA Forest Service, LBL welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.

Having our race the second Saturday of each March (this is the 16th running), allows you to visit and soak in this wondrous area, at a time when the local economy needs a boost. The hospitality of Grand Rivers, and surrounding locales, is second to none. In March, the course boosts gorgeous views of the lakes, before leaves from the trees block them. No insects to contend with either. 

Come see what attracts so many runners to Land Between the Lakes trails runs. Although the area hosts one of the largest trail runs in the U.S., you can experience it's small town feel and hospitality. Give us a try! We think you'll want to return to the area as often as possible.


Race Contact Info

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Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy
Course Maps

The Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs has course maps available.

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Schedule of Events

All times are Central Standard Time

Packet Pick up:

Friday March 8 -- 3pm - 7:30 pm
Grand Rivers Community Center located at 155 W. Cumberland St, Grand Rivers, KY 42045; behind 1st Kentucky Bank,
across the street from Badgett Playhouse - turn east off of Hwy 453 across from Lighthouse Landing.

Pasta Dinner: Friday from 5pm - 7pm (or until food is gone). Same location as the packet pick up. GREAT Dinner of salad, pasta meat sauce or veggie, drink, and dessert for only $12 adult or $6 kid (12 and under). PAY AT THE DOOR, cash only. (note: there is an ATM at the bank next door).

Saturday March 9
Race Day Parking: begins at 04:45. Volunteers will be at the intersection of W. Commerce and 453 (main entrance) to assist you with parking. Your parked car will be anywhere from 100 yards to .1 mile from the Finish
Packet pickup: 05:00 - 06:00 - for those arriving race morning. -- Grand Rivers Community Center, 155 W. Cumberland St, Grand Rivers, KY 42045

Porta johns/toilets: The Community Center is open, and will have a few toilets, M/F. These will be overwhelmed, so if you'd like to save time, just use one of the 5 porta johns located behind the Center, or one of the 12 that are located by the Start.

Start of LBL trail runs - all distances: 06:30. We will start on time. Be sure to allow yourself ample time to park, and walk as far as 1/2 mile. Start is along the KY Lake shoreline at Lighthouse Landing... down past the Sailboats. Dogs are NOT allowed to run or walk with any participant.

Post Race Food: There will be a nice selection of food provided by the awesome Grand Rivers community, at the Community Center. 

Finish: There is a 12 hour limit on all races. We will take down the finish line at 6:30pm. 


Lodging in the Grand Rivers area

See the attachment for Lodging choices in the Grand Rivers KY area

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Course Records and Previous Winners

We've been fortunate to have some elite runners here at Land Between the Lakes over our 15 years.

$1000* to anyone who sets a new Course Record in the 50 mile or 60km

$500* to anyone who sets a new Course Record in the Marathon or 23km

* In the event that the course has to take a detour due to lake flooding, there will be no Course Record money awarded. However, if the winning time is faster than a previous course record, that runner will receive $300. 

Please click on the the PDF file below to view the current Course Records on the first page of the file, and scroll through the file to see Previous Winners.

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The start of the race is down past the sailboats, along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, KY.


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