Lighthouse Landing, Kentucky Lake shoreline
Runners begin at the Kentucky Lake shoreline, run past the sailboats as the sun begins to rise, and run almost 2 miles on roads to allow separation before hitting the Canal Loop trail in fabulous Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The 11.3 mile Canal Loop consists of mostly single track dirt. You'll encounter roots, but very few rocks, on the rolling hills of the Barkley Lake side. The second half of the loop is on the Kentucky Lake side. It contains 4 longer climbs of about. 25 miles and yields spectacular views of the lake.
Perhaps you'll see one of the resident bald eagles in flight.
The course starts down past the sailboats at Lighthouse Landing along the beautiful Kentucky Lake shoreline... one of the prettiest starting areas you'll experience. The first 1.9 miles are run on paved roads to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, where the trail begins. (This section should allow for separation of participants before entering the trail).
The Canal Loop trail (designated by blue markers on trees), is a scenic, well groomed 11.3 mile loop on mostly single-track between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; offering many breathtaking views of the lakes, and several short challenging hills. (around 800' of gain/loop)
Depending upon the distance chosen, a runner will run 1 loop for the 23k, 2 loops for the Marathon, 3 loops for the 60k, or, for the 50 milers, 4 loops plus a short (.62 miles out and .62 miles back) on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive before heading back via road to the finish line in Grand Rivers.
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