The Rugged Red and The Ascent 5k

The Rugged Red and The Ascent 5k – Kentucky’s Red River Gorge Race and Adventure Series

The Rugged Red is back on for 2022! The Rugged Red is a one-of-a-kind half marathon trail course at the Red River Gorge. This trail consists of challenging and technical terrains such as roots, rocks, creek crossing, steep inclines, and declines. Racers accepting this challenging course should all have trail running experience before the day of the race! Find out more about the Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon here!

How to prepare for The Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon on Sept 24th?

The Rugged Red Race Series is adding a new 5k called “The Ascent 5k” on June 18th, 2022! This course will give you a sneak peek at the Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon and is timed perfectly to prepare you for the main event. This will not be an easy 5k, but it will be worth the effort! Find out more about the Ascent 5k here!

Hosted at the Natural Bridge Campground

Both events will be hosted at the Natural Bridge Campground right off the Slade exit. The entire Natural Bridge Campground has been reserved for racers and their supporters. Find out more about the Natural Bridge Campground here.

Campground full or are you looking for a nearby cabin for the race? Check out our list of Red River Gorge accommodations on our Where To Stay page.