Rough Trail Ultramarathon 50k
ElevationAscent: 4,817' 1,468 m
Descent: -4,819' -1,469 m
High: 1,364' 416 m
Low: 798' 243 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“The Rough Trail Ultramarathon 50k and Half Marathon will be the RRG's first official ultra- event.”— Chris Chaney
Race - Nov 9, 2019
This is a land of hard edges, steep slopes, and heartbreaking opposition to forward motion.
From the website:
The Rough Trail Ultramarathon is one of the roughest, toughest, and damn hardest trail races in the eastern United States. Taking you the length of Kentuckys famed Red River Gorge, Rough will give you a rare opportunity to see the entire Gorge in all of its beauty and treachery. Rough is designed for one purpose: to take you to your very limits and give you that rare opportunity smash through the wall. In doing so, we believe you learn something raw and new about yourself.
Rough Trail Ultramarathon will give you stunning views of ancient rock shelters, natural arches, and the deep expanse of the Red River Gorge. Oh, and some of the gnarliest damn trails youll find.
Rough will punish you and trick you into thinking the worst its over when it certainly is NOT. But if you believe you can take the beating and keep moving forward; if you think you have what it takes to learn a hard new truth about yourself; if you want to see some of the most breathtaking, untouched Appalachian country and have one of the most exciting experiences of your life, then Rough is waiting.
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Local Club: Red River Gorge Trail Crew
Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office
Mar 26, 2020: Red River Gorge temporarily shut down to public access