Run Under The Stars™ Paducah, KY

Sat June 12 - Sun June 13 Paducah, KY 42001 US

All systems are go for 14th Run Under The Stars - 10 hour run Paducah!  See you there!!


June 12 - Carson Park Fairgrounds, 300 N. 30th Street, Paducah, KY 42001. Starts at 8PM. Ends at 06:00AM. 

1/2 mile lighted oval consisting of a dirt track covered with finely crushed limestone. This is a horse track that is used to pull those little buggies.

This is a night time run. Run, jog, walk, rest, stop and start as much as you'd like.
The objective is to see how far you can go; however, you can stop at any time if you've reached your goal or if you've had enough. 

CHIP TIMING SYSTEM will keep your distance recorded. We will display your distance continually at the timing tent. Check the monitor as you run by.
No traffic, no hills, no roots, no hard running surface.

LARGE AID STATION on the track. SWORD ( is the official hydration drink of R.U.T.S.  We have a fully stocked station, containing the normal snacks, and fruit including watermelon, cantaloupe, and bananas, plus salty items such as peanut butter pretzels, and chips. Soda, ginger ale, and coffee are available. PB&J sandwiches are a staple. We order Pizza at 10pm, bring out Grilled Cheese sandwiches around midnight, and then around 1 or 2 am, chocolate chip pancakes and bacon. Lots of bacon. Terri is the best!

Bring your own fluids containers. We try hard to not use any cups. You can leave your container at your course-side table, or if you don't have a table, at the table by the aid station (be sure to put your name on it).

AMENITIES and AWARDS: Each runner (including those on relay teams) will receive a shirt, cap, drawstring bag, and a custom medal where you can indicate your mileage. The top 10 m/f individuals receive a special award.

SPECIAL 100 MILE BELT BUCKLE: Anyone running 100 miles or more in the RUTS Series for 2021, (includes Paradise, Oak Ridge, Paducah, and Corydon), will receive a special belt buckle. 

$500 Cash Award M/F for Course Record: The male record is 72 miles set by Scott Breeden, and tied by Eric Hunziker. Female record is 66 miles set by Denise Bourassa. 

REASONS FOR RUNNING RUTS:  Great training venue for practice at running at night... calibrate your nighttime nutrition needs, get used to be up all night for that upcoming 100 miler (Tunnel Hill) or 24 hour race. Perfect social running event with serious results. You can feel safe due to all the runners around you. Unlike marathons, and non-loop events, you see your friends the entire time, giving you opportunities to run or walk with some runners you'd never get to run with.
This could possibly be the course you'll set a personal best for whatever distance you run. Knowing that your vehicle is close by, you have the confidence to keep going.
On Site Parking, either in the huge parking lot, or right on the grass infield. No hotel needed. 

SET UP: Beginning any time after 2pm on Saturday June 12, you can set up a tent under the large shade trees in the grass infield, or alongside the course. There is plenty of room. This is a good one to bring the family to. You can stop and see them as much as you like. Encourage them to run or walk a few laps with you. They love it, and so do we. We only ask that you carry your trash out with you if at all possible. 

PACKET PICK UP: Begins at 5 pm at the race site under the large grandstand. You will receive a shirt, cap, drawstring bag, your race bib, and a timing chip to attach to your shoe. (Chips are NOT on the back of the bib this year, so make sure you have your chip attached to your shoe).

DOGS: We love dogs, however they are NOT allowed on the course as part of the race. IF you bring your dog, you will need to keep them on a leash, and out of the way of other runners, or guests. 

RELAY TEAMS - 2 or 4 persons accepted. 

The Team is given a special bib number on a quick change belt. Every member of the team also receives their own bib number. Whoever is accumulating mileage for the team must wear the Team belt with the bib on it, in addition to their individual bib number (meaning you'll wear two bibs when accumulating for the Team). Team members are allowed to run extra mileage even when not wearing the Team belt, however runners on a Team are NOT eligible for individual awards. 

Team Awards are given to the Top 5 Teams. (regardless of 2 or 4 members).

TEAM REGISTRATION PROCESS CAPTAINS: If you are setting up the team; click on the event(s) you wish to run. To the right, click on Join Relay for each event you wish to set up a team. A new box will open "Create Relay" > choose 2 or 4 person> enter a team name. Create a password if you wish (you'll need to give this password to anyone you want on your team). If you don't create a password, anyone could choose to join your team if there is a spot available. You'll be taken back to the page where you can Add Another Registrant. If you are entering other team members, click Add Another Registrant, and choose your team from the drop downs (or use the Search feature to find your team.).

If you are registering to join a team that someone has set up for you, click on the event(s) > Join Relay > Choose the team under drop downs or use the Search feature. 

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Top 125 Lifetime RUTS Paducah & Fun Facts


109,466            Total # of laps run 

54,733          Total # of Miles 

13,978            Most laps run in one year

 2007               The Year we started

  1,192                # of laps run by our leader, Joshua Holmes

  1,066                Different runners have participated

   845                 Laps run by Female leader, Cathy Downes

  453                Most laps run by a Barkley Marathon creator - Lazarus Lake

   72                 Course Record miles by Scott Breeden, and tied by Eric Hunziker

   66                 Course Record miles by Female - Denise Bourassa

   40                 # of entrants in first year

   13                Most RUTS Paducah attended - Mike Montgomery, and Rick Caffy

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2021 RUTS Series Special award, and current results

The 2021 RUTS Series consists of RUTS Paradise (IN), Oak Ridge (TN), Paducah (KY), and RUTS Corydon (IN). Participants that accumulate at least 100 miles among any of these four events earn a special belt buckle. 


Click below to see results through Paradise and Oak Ridge. You still have time!!

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