Run For Blue Blazes - Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sat October 5, 2019 Directions


8:30AM EDT - 3:00PM EDT

Half Marathon

9:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT


9:15AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT


9:15AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Buckeye Trail Association office (127B West Main St,, Shawnee, Ohio 43782)

Join us for the 4th annual Run for Blue Blazes - Buckeye Trail Run. Again this year there will be four options for a distance right for you: marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K, all on the Buckeye Trail in the Wayne National Forest.  The course for all distances will be out and back all on the Buckeye Trail.  Most of the course is on single track trail, with some challenging and hilly conditions, and there is some sections is on roads.  The half marathon of over a 1,000 feet of elevation gain and the full marathon has just over 2050 feet of elevation change. The start and finish of this event is in downtown Shawnee, Ohio, near the Buckeye Trail Association office, 127B W. Main Street.

New this year, for the 10K distance only, there will be a TEAM CHALLENGE option.  Register as a team (4-person) female/male, and race against other Teams. The TEAM CHALLENGE members will be scored for individual results and Team honors.  When registering as a team, you must first create a TEAM, and all team members must register using that TEAM name.   A code can be created to allow only your team members to signup on your team.  Reduced pricing is offered for the team signup.  Ok running clubs, corporations, local buisnesses... who has the fastest team?

There will be wave starts with the Marathon starting at 8:30AM, followed by the Half Marathon and then the 10K & 5K races.  All distances will be chip timed, with timing points on the half and full marathon course (at the half and full turnaround points).

After the race participants can enjoy food prepared by the BTA Chuckwagon cooks.  This is the same chuckwagon used by the BTA Trail Maintenance volunteers who work year-round building and maintaining the Buckeye Trail (over 1,440 miles) in the state of Ohio.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and age group top finishers.  Age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. 

Packet Pickup

Participants can pick up their race packet at the Tecumseh Theatre, 114 W. Main Street, Shawnee, OH.

EARLY Packet Pickup: Friday, October 4th, from 4:00PM-7:00PM

RACE DAY, 6:30AM-8:30AM

Course Map - out and back course

Course map for the all 4 events: 5K, 10K, half and full marathon.

Miles   Course
0.0      Start at 114 W. Main street, Shawnee, OH
.05      Left on 2nd Street
 .1       Cross SR 93/155
          Continue straight on SR 93 for 500 feet
 .2      Left on entrance road to Tecumsey Lake
1.1     Cross Salem Hollow Rd (Rd 17)  Aid Station #1
1.4     Cross SR 93
1.55   5K turnaround
3.0     Right on Rock Run Rd (T 41)
3.1     10K turnaround – Aid Station #2
          Remain on Rock Run Rd for .5 mile
3.9     Cross Old Town Rd (T 38)
4.3     Turn right on T 136/ T 38
4.5     Old Stone Church trailhead – Aid Station #3
6.2     Cross Town Hwy 190 – Aid Station #4
6.55   Half Marathon turnaround
6.9     Town Hwy 190
7.4     Hard left stay on Town Hwy 190 – Aid Station #5
10.4    Aid station/water at NTC trailhead – Aid Station #6
11.5    Cross Town Hwy 305, continue on new BT section – Aid Station #7
12.8    Howdyshell Rd, turn right
13.1    Marathon turnaround on Howdyshell Rd

Finisher Bandana

All race finishers will receive a commemorative Buckeye Trail - Run For Blue Blazes bandana.

Camping - Friday night

Camping will be available for race participants on Friday night just about a mile from the start and finish line. Participants will be allowed to camp for free at 657 W. Main, Shawnee, OH. There will be water and a porta john at this location. Both tent and trailer camping are allowed, with setup starting at 4:00PM on Friday.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Trail Benefactor - $500 and above
Trail Adopter - $250
Trail Blazer - $100
Event Partners

Buckeye Trail Association office (127B West Main St,, Shawnee, Ohio 43782)

Trail Benefactor - $500 and above
Trail Adopter - $250
Trail Blazer - $100
Event Partners

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