West Kentucky Runners Club Annual LBL/Grand Rivers Trail Runs
The West Kentucky Runners club hosts the Annual LBL Trail Runs each year on the second Saturday in March. The event takes place in Grand Rivers, KY and on the Canal Loop Trail in Land Between the Lakes.
Trail run events include 50 miles, 60K, Marathon, and 23K trail runs, and a 10k road run. The event historically draws all ages and all levels of atheletics. Past registration includes runners from 40 states and Canada, and from ages 14 to 77 years old.
The course starts on the shore of beautiful Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing Resort in Grand Rivers, and proceeds south onto 453 for 1.5 miles, continuing on the Canal Loop Trail. The Canal Loop trail, 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. The trail receives rave reviews from the runners. The course finishes in Downtown Grand Rivers on J.H. O’Bryan Avenue in front of the Visitor Information office.
23k runners complete one 11.3 mile loop and go back to Grand Rivers for the finish. Marathoners run two loops, 60k run three loops, and 50 milers run 4 loops plus a short out and back before heading back to Grand Rivers for the finish. 10k runners run the same first 1.75 miles then continue on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive around to Hwy 453 and back to Grand Rivers. Note that the 10k course is entirely on asphalt roads… no trails.
The LBL Trail Runs are part of the The Trail Runner Trophy Series; a points-based series of over 120 trail races in the United States and Canada offering some incredible prizes.