Buckeye Trail Blue Blaze Festival - Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run and 10 Mile Hike

Sat October 2, 2021 Directions

Half Marathon

$45 9:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
118 spots left. Price increases after August 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT


$30 9:15AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
69 spots left. Price increases after August 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk

$25 9:30AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
73 spots left. Price increases after August 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Start time is 8:00AM with departure to the trailhead

10 Mile Hike

$20 8:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT Registration ends October 2, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Buckeye Trail Association office (127B West Main St,, Shawnee, Ohio 43782)

See you at the 2021 Blue Blaze Festival - Run or Hike, and celebrate the Buckeye Trail 

The Blue Blaze Festival is more than a run. Join us for the 2021 Buckeye Trail - Blue Blaze Festival to celebrate the diversity of the BT. Although the trails in the Wayne National Forest sections are mostly single-track trail, there are many types of trail users. The Blue Blaze Festival will be highlighting the hiking and running community.

This year there will be four options for a distance and trail challenge right for you: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K run/walk and a 10 Mile BT Hike. All events are on the Buckeye Trail in the Wayne National Forest. The 5K course will be new for 2021, and will include the recently completed Woodthrush Loop Trail near Tecumseh Lake. The 10K and Half Marathon courses are out and back on the Buckeye Trail. Most of the course is on single-track trail, with some challenging and hilly conditions, and there are some sections on roads. The half marathon has over 1,000 feet of elevation change. The start and finish for all of the running events is in Shawnee, Ohio, near the Buckeye Trail Association office, 127B W. Main Street.

The 10 Mile Hike will start at the North Country Trailhead (see map) with hiker following the BT back to the BTA office in Shawnee. Hikers will shuttle to the start location at 8:00AM, leaving from Shawnee to head out to the NCT trailhead. The Half Marathon race will start at 9:00AM, followed by the 10K at 9:15AM, and the 5K at 9:30AM. All race participants will be chip timed.

After returning to Shawnee, participants can enjoy post race food and there are options to purchase food from local merchants.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers in each of the three running events. The overall and age group results will be posted online. Age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

Event T-shirts can be purchased at the time of registration. The shirt is not included as part of the participation fee, but can be purchased as an "add on" when you register. This way the registration fee remains lower for everyone, and if you would like to have the event shirt it is available.

Packet Pickup

Participants can pick up their race packet at the Harigle Garage, Main Street, Shawnee, OH.

EARLY Packet Pickup: Friday, October 1th, from 4:00PM-7:00PM

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

New 5K Course - loop

In 2021 the 5K course will be using the new Woodthrush Loop Trail as a connector trail with the BT. The course starts and finishes in Shawnee, but splits from the Buckeye Trail near the Tecumseh (Tecumsey) Lake, on to the Woodthrush Trail, and then joins the BT again.

Course Map - out and back course

Course map for the Half Marathon, 10K and the 10 mile hike. (5K course shown separately)

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 Tecumseh 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

Festival Activities - Music, Food, Local Artists and more

The celebration begins on Friday evening, in addition to the Early Packet Pick-up, there will be live music, vendors, food and drinks to kick off the Blue Blaze Festival in downtown Shawnee. The Black Diamond Tavern will be hosting the Friday evening of music (6:00-10:00pm), with Jonalee White and the headliner performance by McGuffey Lane.

The Blue Blaze Festival will continue all day Saturday, in Shawnee, bringing together runners, hikers, musicians, local crafters and artisans to celebrate the Buckeye Trail. The street fair will run from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, on Main Street near the Start/Finish line for the runs. Local vendors and exhibitors for the Trail Community will be in town to support the Buckeye Trail. The Blue Blaze Festival is an event for the whole family, whether you are running, hiking or there to enjoy the town of Shawnee.  The 4:00-10:00pm Saturday music lineup to include:

  • Randy Gleason
  • Caitlin Kraus
  • The Wild Honeybees
  • Jonalee White
  • Shane Runion
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.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the Blue Blaze Festival and help celebrate the Buckeye Trail. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join the BTA. Membership helps support the work of the BTA to build, maintain, promote and protect the 1,400+ miles of Ohio's trail. The BT circles the state of Ohio, with terminus points on Lake Erie and the Ohio River. The headquarters of the BTA is located in Shawnee, OH, and the organization partners with federal, state and local agencies to support the work of our volunteer section supervisors and trail crews. Learn more at www.buckeyetrail.org/ and join today.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.buckeyetrail.org/blueblazefest.php.

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