Bernheim Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Clermont, KY

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest

Saturday, June 7, 2014

8:00 am

Registration: Online




Both races will be a single loop course. The half marathon will run the full length of the Millennium Trail, providing a beautiful but difficult run. The Millennium will make up about half the marathon course, which will diverge into old fire roads with numerous major creek crossings.

The surface varies from forest single-track to fire road and other dirt or gravel roads, with a brief period of pavement. Numerous 200'+ climbs dot the course, but runners will also enjoy occasional period of rolling or flat terrain, as well as the runs along beautiful winding creeks and atop sharp rolling ridges.


Course Map & Elevation Chart


Well-stocked aid stations will be approximately 3-4 miles apart. We will be required to enforce a cutoff at one later aid station, in order to ensure all finishers complete the course in under eight hours. Runners must leave Aid Station #9 (mile 20) no later than 1:00 pm. Shuttles will be provided for any runners removed from the course due to these cutoff times.

Due to the logistics of the course and the degree of single-track involved, we will limit entries to 400 runners.

No dogs or other pets will be permitted on the course for either race for safety of all participants.

Restrooms are located at the start inside the Visitor's center.  At the half way point of the marathon, you can use the restroom inside the Bean Farm House (AS located there).  There will also be a port-a-pot at the halfway point of the half marathon.


Frequently Asked Questions


Not sure you are up to the distance yet? Come on out and volunteer.  Volunteer info

 Event Highlights:

  • Water & energy drink every 3-4 miles, plus some "ultra" foods
  • Gorgeous loop trail course
  • Post-race food and snacks
  • Attractive awards for top three overall male and female winners
  • Technical T-shirts, gender specific, to first 200 entries
  • Trail sweep for safety
  • Attractive custom made finishers medals


Entry Fee:

Marathon Registration:

$65 by May 15, $75 by June 4, $85 on Race Day/Late registration

Half Marathon Registration:

$40 by May 15, $50 by June 4, $60 on Race Day/Late registration



 Ultra Signup


Top three overall male and female winners of both races will receive a unique award. Winners in Masters (+40) Marathon category also receives an award. All finishers of both races will receive an attractive custom made finishers medal. We also will have a midpack award and back of the pack for Marathoners!

 Post Race:

There will be fruits, carbohydrates, and fluids provided at the finish. At 11:00am, we'll fire up the grills for those that would like hamburger and/or hot dogs. Bring a chair and savor your finish under the pines.

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Schedule of Events (Eastern Standard Time):

Friday, June 6, 2014  4:30-7:00 pm     Packet pick up/Late registration at:   

                                                           Blue Mile  (in the Highlands)

                                                                              1512 Bardstown Road
                                                                               Louisville, KY 40205

Saturday, June 7, 2014   6:00-7:30 am  Packet pick-up/Late registration

                                                                        at Bernheim Forest Visitor's Center

                                      7:45 am               Walk to Start Line

                                      8:00 am               Marathon & Half Marathon Start

                                      10:00 am             Grills fired up for post race food

                                      1:00 pm               Cut off time at mile 20

                                      2:00 pm               Awards ceremony                                     


 Directions to Race:

The race site is approximately 20 miles south of Louisville, KY.

From I-65, take Exit 112, Hwy 245.

East on 245, about 1 mile to entrance of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (on the right).

Follow the signs inside the Forest to race headquarters at the Visitor's center.


There wil be signs leading to the parking lot.

Bernheim will open their gate at 6:30 am for runners to enter.  Please let them know you are running the trail race, as there are many activities that day with it being National Trail Day.  Thanks!


Map of Bernheim


History of Bernheim:

 Isaac W. Bernheim established Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in 1929. I. W. Bernheim (1848-1945) was a German immigrant who settled in Kentucky. From a humble beginning as a peddler, he became successful in the whiskey distilling business where he established the I.W. Harper brand. Grateful for his good fortune, he gave Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to the people of Kentucky as a gift.


There are several hotels located at Shepherdsville, KY, which is approx. 10 miles from Bernheim Forest. 




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