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

Sat October 1, 2022 Directions

Half Marathon

$45 9:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
123 spots left. Price increases after August 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT


$30 9:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
75 spots left. Price increases after August 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk

$25 9:15AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT
75 spots left. Price increases after August 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Start time is 8:00AM with departure to the trailhead

10 Mile Hike

$20 8:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
79 spots left. Registration ends October 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Buckeye Trail Association office (127B West Main St,, Shawnee, Ohio 43782)

See you at the 2022 Blue Blaze Festival - Run, Hike & Backpack on the Buckeye Trail 

The Blue Blaze Festival is more than a run. Join us for the 2022 Buckeye Trail (BT) - Blue Blaze Festival to celebrate the diversity of the BT. Trails in the Wayne National Forest, as part of the New Straitsville section of the BT are mostly single-track trail, there are many types of trail users. The Blue Blaze Festival will be highlighting the BT as a outdoor distention for running, hiking and backpacking.

This year there will be five options for a distance and trail challenge right for you: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K run/walk, 10 Mile Hike and an overnight Backpacking experience. All events are on the Buckeye Trail in the Wayne National Forest.

Running Events - Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

The Half Marathon and 10K runs will use the Buckeye Trail with an out and back course. There will be mile markers and directional signs on the course. There will be several aid stations with water and Gatorade, and volunteers at all road crossings. The Half Marathon and 10K Run will start at 9:00AM, followed by the 5K at 9:15AM.  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 5K course will be the same looped course introduced in 2021, and will include the Woodthrush connector trail near Tecumseh Lake.

All running events will be chip timed. 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.

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

Hiking the BT

The 10 Mile Hike  will start and finish in Shawnee with hikers following the Blue Blazes on a new (relocated) section of the Buckeye Trail and a portion of the old BT, now a white blazed section, to offer a looped hike experience.  

Backpacking Course

The Backpacking course is a Friday-Sunday introduction to backpacking and will be covering sections of the Buckeye Trail. This course is being planned and  coordinated by Appalachian Understories and Tecumseh Theater.  This event will start and finish in Shawnee.

Backpacking Schedule

  • Friday, 6:00PM Tecumseh Theatre, backpack shakedown, followed by campfire conversation.
  • Saturday, 8:00AM hit the trail
  • Sunday, return to Shawnee

To register for this event, please use the eventbrite site.

For more information and registration, CLICK Backpacking. Or use the following URL link: https://bit.ly/3wSFHtY

Participants will learn all necessary skills to complete a backpacking trip, and will leave empowered to hit the trail again soon. This is a good first backpacking trip for people with hiking experiences or a regular fitness routine. It is also a fun time for people with backpack experiences to share the love of the trail with others.. Group size will be limited to 10 participants.

Packet Pickup

Participants can pick up their race packet at the Buckeye Trail Association office, Main Street, Shawnee, OH.

EARLY Packet Pickup: Friday, September 30, 2022, from 4:00PM-7:00PM

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

Run Course (1/2 Marathon & 10K) - 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

5K Course - loop

The 5K course will be loop using the Buckeye Trail, the Woodthrush Trail and back onto the Buckeye Trail. The course starts and finishes in Shawnee, goes around the Tecumseh (Tecumsey) Lake and at about Mile 1, uses the Woodthrush Trail back to the Buckeye Trail.

Hike Route

Points of Interest
  1. Tecumseh Lake
  2. Woodthrush Trail (side trail)
  3. Cross Salem Hollow Road
  4. Mining artifacts
  5. Informational marker, New Straitsville mine fire
  6. Grassy meadows
  7. Waterfall
  8. Road walk on Rock Run Road
  9. Remains of “Seven Chimneys” 
  10. Beaver Dam
  11. Final section of Wayne National Forest before returning to Tecumseh Lake
  12. Back to Shawnee

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.

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

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