Bridge to Bridge Trail Run is back in person | Local News


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MURRAY – After hosting a virtual run last year, the Bridge to Bridge Trail Run was allowed to run in person this year.

The race, hosted by Independence Bank, will take place on October 2, with the runners meeting at Kenlake State Resort Park. The riders will meet at 6 am to review the rules and be led to the start line on the township side of the Barkley Lake Bridge. The 13.6 mile race will end at the first parking lot on the west side of the Eggners Ferry Bridge in Aurora. Proceeds from the event will go to the Calloway County Track, Cross Country and Unified Track programs. The US Forestry Service will receive 10% of the profits made.

The brains behind the race are Damon Eastwood, veterinarian with the Westside Veterinary Service, and Mike Wicker, head coach of the Calloway County track team.

“I was mountain biking on the trail and (Wicker) was running and we passed each other,” Eastwood said. “We started talking on the track and I said, ‘you know what? This (trail) is exactly about the same distance as a half marathon. We should just have a great run going from bridge to bridge ”and he kind of liked the idea and he called me back a bit later and we thought about it and we were like“ why don’t we just do it? All we have to do is find buses, so we found Tanner Motors buses.

There will be three types of relays; single, two people and three people, for people to choose from. The one-runner relay costs $ 79, the two-person relay is $ 119, and the three-person relay is $ 149. Runners can register from now until the start of the race, but there will be an additional charge of $ 20 for those who register on the second.

Eastwood explained that the two- and three-person relays are for those who can’t run 13 miles can split the miles so everyone has the same experience.

For the two-person relay, the exchange area will be at the Gold Pond Visitors Center, with the first person traveling 7.4 miles and the second traveling 6.2 miles. For the three-person relay, the first exchange takes place at Sunset Trailhead and the second also takes place at the Gold Pond Visitor Center. The first person will travel 3.6 miles, the second person will travel 3.8 miles, and the last person will travel 6.2 miles.

In the first year of the race, there were around 102 runners, Eastwood said, and 50 runners for the virtual race last year. On Tuesday, Eastwood said about 105 runners have signed up so far and he estimates they will be in the 110 range. Eastwood said that as of now most of the runners are local, but there are a group of Arkansa, Ohio and Louisiana.

You can find more information and the link to register on their website lblbridgetobridge.com or on their Facebook page.

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