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The Rugged Red
September 23, 2023
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About The The Rugged Red
The Rugged Red Half Marathon is a race held annually in Slade, Kentucky on the 23rd of September. The course is known for its rugged terrain and picturesque scenery as it winds through the beautiful foothills of Daniel Boone National Forest. This unique route offers runners a challenging but rewarding experience with breathtaking views that will make their run even more enjoyable.
The course itself starts off relatively flat, giving runners time to warm up before beginning the climb into the hills at mile five. From there, they will traverse rolling hills and pass by creeks before taking on the toughest part of the race – Red Bird Hill – which has an elevation gain of over 700 feet! After completing this grueling challenge, runners will be rewarded with gorgeous vistas at every turn until they reach the finish line back in Slade.
Weather-wise, September can be unpredictable so it’s best to come prepared for anything from hot summer days to cool autumn temperatures. When running this half marathon you can expect plenty of support from enthusiastic spectators who come out to cheer on all participants regardless of their pace or level of ability. It’s also worth noting that many locals dress up in red costumes in honor of this unique event!
Overall, The Rugged Red Half Marathon provides an unforgettable running experience for those looking for a scenic and challenging course away from crowds typically found at bigger races. With stunning views throughout and plenty of perks along the way such as great crowd support and costumed locals cheering you on – this is one race definitely worth checking out if you’re planning your next runcation!