Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs

Sat March 11, 2023 Directions
Events

50 mile

$105 6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST Price increases after February 16, 2023 at 11:59pm CST
Open to ages 12 - 94.

60km

$95 6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST Price increases after February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm CST
Open to ages 8 - 99.

Marathon

$95 6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST Price increases after February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm CST
Open to ages 8 - 99.

23km

$69 6:30AM CST - 6:30PM CST Price increases after February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm CST
Open to ages 6 - 99.
Description

19th running of the Land Between the Lake trail runs!1

LBL trail runs will happen on the second Saturday in March. March 11, 2023

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.

For complete Race Instructions please check the tab on the left hand side of the home page.

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Run 2 Great Kentucky Trail Races = 1 special award

UPDATE FOR 2023: The LLTH/LBL double is on again!

For many years many of us that run LBL trail runs also ran Louisville Lovin' The Hills (LLTH). Cynthia and Todd Heady (directors of LLTH) are great friends of ours. We decided to join forces, and offer a special award for those of you who run both of our events.

It's easy to do. Just register on LLTH's registration site.    LLTH register here.         for any distance, and register on this site for LBL any distance.

LLTH will be held February 4, 2023. We'll have the finisher's list at the finish line for LBL. Tell us you ran LLTH, and we'll hand you your finishing awards for LBL, AND the special award for running the double. 

 

 

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.

We are giving separate medals for completing an ultra distance. New buckles include a 50 mile buckle, and a 60k buckle. Finishers of the Marathon, and 23km are given a beautiful Medal. 

Have you run 500 miles at LBL trail runs? Many of you have. We are rewarding you by giving you an additional buckle. A 500 mile buckle!

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.

Place
The start of the race is down past the sailboats, along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, KY.
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 (Tennessee River) on one side, and Lake Barkley (Cumberland River) 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 19th 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 boasts 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.

 

Lodging in the Grand Rivers area

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Course Records

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We've been fortunate to have some elite runners here at Land Between the Lakes over our 18 years.

Inclement conditions have slowed some really fast runners the past couple of years, but the trail held up long enough in 2020 for speedster Will Cadwell of South Haven, MI to shatter the 23k Course Record by over 2 minutes, with his sparkling 1:28:04. 

$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. 

 

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100 Miles (or more) Club

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Check out the listing of everyone who has run at least 100 miles at LBL.

50 mile Winners 2007 - 2022

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We started LBL trail runs in 2004, with two distances; a one loop 23K, and a three loop 60k. 

The 50 mile, and marathon distances were added in 2007. 

60km Winners 2004 - 2022

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Check out some of the great runners who have graced LBL trails!

The 60km was the original ultra event when we started in 2004. There were very few ultras in the state of Kentucky (or anywhere, really).

Marathon Winners 2007 - 2022

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LBL trail runs began in 2004, with two distances; a one loop 23k, and a three loop 60k.

The Marathon (two loops) was added in 2007

 

23km Winners 2004 - 2022

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Will Cadwell, of South Haven, MI, broke the long-standing course record of Blake Davenport in 2020!

Check out the list of awesome runners who have etched their names in LBL Trail running history!

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. 

Directions

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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