Looking for a new adventure? You’ve found it! Our Boulder Rock Run event gives you the chance to test your endurance on an intense, 6.4-mile trail run through hilly, forested terrain. Or if you’re looking for something a little less daunting, we also offer a 3.2-mile course that you can run or walk. Scenic views await you in an East Kentucky forest sure to be awash in fall colors! Whether you brave the trails on your own or bring along friends, family, or co-workers, you’ll love discovering Perry County’s newly developed trail system. Come experience Boulder Rock Run – the area’s premier 5K/10K race!
RACE DETAILS & BACKGROUND
The Housing Development Alliance (HDA) has teamed up once again with Pathfinders of Perry County to host the 2nd annual Boulder Rock Run! This exciting 5K Hike/Trail Run (or Walk) and 10K Trail Run is unique to our area and will test you, but also thrill you as you make your way around the newly developed Perry County trail system.
Located in Hazard, KY’s Perry County Park, the 5K course features a variety of trails, including old service roads, wide, multi-use trails, and single, technical mountain bike trails – all of which weave their way through an ancient and beautiful forest in the Appalachian Mountains. This course winds its way up a mountain and features one steep, technical (but relatively short) climb to remind you that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill 5K! Near the halfway point, you will reach the pinnacle of the race: Boulder Rock. The trail takes you directly through this impressive rock formation. From that point on, the trail is mostly cross-slope and downhill running to the finish line.
If you’re really looking for a challenge, sign up for the 10K Trail Run! You’ll go to greater heights, climb more steep hills, and spend more time in the majestic woods. Plus, you get twice the adventure from additional trails. Due to time limitations, we do not recommend that you hike the 10K course.
Whether your wish is to train, compete, test yourself, or simply be a part of the day’s action and give back to your community, Boulder Rock Run is an opportunity to take pride in yourself and in this place. All proceeds from this event, including all donations and sponsorships, will be used to make Perry County better for all who live here – through an improved trail system that shows off the natural beauty of the area and by providing more affordable housing for the people who live and work here.
Our goal is to raise as much money as we can for Pathfinders of Perry County and the Housing Development Alliance. In fact, now through October 31, the Perry County Community Foundation will match each donation. That means your donation will accomplish twice as much! The Housing Development Alliance is seeking to raise $5,000, which will become $10,000 to use towards building a better future for this region.
Every participant who signs up by October 21 will receive an official event T-shirt. On the day of the race, runners finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division will receive a medal. Check back soon, too, to find out more about what we have planned for this special day!
Our challenge to you is to sign up and give a gift to Pathfinders and/or HDA to show that you believe in the future of this county and in Appalachian Kentucky; and, at the same time, you’ll be showing the community how much you believe in yourself and each other. It’s a total win-win, so what are you waiting for?