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Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs

The tiny Village of Grand Rivers, KY (pop 323), located between beautiful Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley contains some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and two of the nicest resorts… Lighthouse Landing and Green Turtle Bay.

We began with a 23km and 60km in 2004. We didn’t know if even a handful of runners would attend when we opened registration. We hosted 94 that first year, and had a blast doing so. Now few years later, we entertain 800 runners from across America, Canada, and a few other countries.



  • 42.164708km

60 km

  • 60km

50 mile

  • 80.467km

23 km

  • 23km


After Race Services

Wonderful post race food provided by our hosts at Grand Rivers.

Aid Stations

Aid stations located every 2-3 miles with friendly volunteers waiting for you.

Award Medals

Beautiful Custom buckles for ultra marathon finishers (50 mile and 60km). Unique Custom medals for marathon and 23km finishers. All runners receive a performance tech shirt, running cap, and drawstring backpack.


Lighthouse Landing, Kentucky Lake shoreline

Grand Rivers,us


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.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.