Strolling Jim Run
02 May 2021
For almost 4 decades now, the first Saturday in May has meant one thing in the scenic hills of Bedford County, Tennessee; the return of the Ultra-Marathoners… the Road Warriors! And the Road Warriors have kept coming back to stroll the quiet streets of Wartrace and Bell Buckle, enjoying the picturesque homes and quaint shops. Coming back to share in the reunion of the Southern Ultra community. Coming back to celebrate the end of winter with a run in the inspiring springtime beauty of the Highland Rim. Coming back to be a part of one of the most competitive Road Ultras in the US, and to match their times against the fastest runners of the past 37 years. Coming back to strive for a coveted Gold Shirt.. or Blue Shirt.. or Red Shirt. Coming back to feast on the bountiful repast at both pre and post run festivities. But, most of all, the Ultra-Marathoners keep coming back because, at the Strolling Jim™, every runner is a hero, an honored guest, and a welcomed friend. Join us this May for the annual running of the race, and you will find your own reasons to keep coming back.We realize that everyone is not an ultra-marathoner… at least not yet! But you are a Road Warrior. We took this knowledge and added something for you. A Marathon distance for those who aren’t quite ready to step up to the 41.2 miles, yet experience a wonderful course and spend time with the ultra runners. The virtually unlimited time allowed to complete the course make it a great marathon for Marathon Maniacs and 50 staters, or anyone who like to take advantage of the additional time limits.
Schedule of Events TIMES AND PLACES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Friday, April 30: 15:00 - 19:00 -- Packet Pickup/Late Registration --- Race Tent by Fountain 16:00 --- Course Tour --- Meet by the Race Tent by Fountain for this tour. Follow Laz in his old Willys Jeep (seen above in the banner photo) 16:30 - 19:00? -- Pre-Race Feed --- TBD will host the pasta dinner. Meat and meatless, with some gluten free options. Buy your ticket at the packet pick up. ONLY $15 for pasta, drink, salad, and desert. Plan on eating right in Wartrace. It helps the local economy. Saturday, May 1: 05:30 - 06:30 -- Late Packet pick up; Late Registration & Last Chance to switch race distance --- Race Tent by Fountain 05:00 - Pickin' Chickens opens for breakfast. Grab a coffee, or a breakfast sandwich. Plan to arrive to the area early. You won't be able to park within 1/4 mile of the start; if you are late, you'll have to start and catch up. 06:45 - Assemble at the Wellhouse for final instructions and photos 07:00 -- Strolling Jim 40/Marathon/Half Marathon/10k START --- Wartrace Wellhouse. Don't get caught on the wrong side of the tracks. WE WILL START ON TIME 08:00 - 10:00 Light breakfast snacks for 10k & Half Marathoners 10:00 -???? -- Post Race Party --- The Town of Wartrace FINISH -- There is virtually NO TIME LIMIT for finishing the 40 mile run. As long as you are making an honest effort towards getting to the finish line, we will be there for you. NOTES: . The Post Race Party is free food and drink for all runners and crew. BBQ chicken prepared on site by local celebrity, Bill Baker. Race Bling At packet pick up, you'll receive a Strolling Jim shirt, a booklet with lots of historic information and course maps, your race bib with timing chip, and perhaps a few giveaways. ALL FINISHERS, in ALL DISTANCES, receive a finisher's medal. At the finish, get your color shirt if you earn one, an RRCA Championship medal if you earn one, and a Strolling Jim top finisher trophy if you earn one. Please don't leave the finish line without your stuff. Course Maps There are 4 distances, each unique in their own way. You can see them via mapmyrun by going to Durbin Race Management Click on Races > Strolling Jim > and scroll down. There is also an accurate course map included in the Runners Booklet. Be sure to get yours at Packet Pick up Camping; Parking, and Lodging options CAMPING: Camping is allowed in the Winnette Ayers Park, and at Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace TN, just a quarter mile from the start/finish. You can tent camp inside of, or around the perimeter of the Horse Ring. Sleep in your car if you wish. There are Rest Rooms available at Jernigan Field. RVs are welcome to park in the large grass field next to Jernigan Field (see signs), along the edge of the field, but note, there is no electricity or hookups. Please do not block entrance/exit with large vehicles. NOTE: You do NOT have to register, or reserve a campsite. Just show up, and camp. First come - first served. Parking: Volunteers will be on hand on Saturday morning to assist you. You will park in the large area directly across from Winnette Ayers park, and next to Jernigan Field, 119 Bridgeview St, Wartrace. Lodging:The Walking Horse Hotel is located at the finish line, and a block from the starting line. Unfortunately, due to the fire last year, they have not reopened. It's still a cool looking old, haunted building right at the finish line. Bed and Breakfast in the area: Seasons B&B - Bell Buckle - 615-516-3421. www.seasonsbnb.com Hinkle HIll Inn Retreat House, Bell Buckle - 615-429-8629; www.hinklehillinn.com The Walker Inn - Bell Buckle - 931-312-0856 Nearby Lodging: There are lots of hotels in Murfreesboro, TN, about 25 miles from Wartrace. Shelbyville has less, about 10 miles, and if you're coming from the south, Manchester, TN, is about 17 miles.
Aid stations containing water, SWORD hydration drink, some lite snacks, bananas, oranges, chips Slim Jims will be at 7.5, 13.1, 21.5, 29, 35, and 39 (not all stations will have exactly the same thing Water jugs will be along the road at the drops between aid stations at 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 17, 23.5, 31, 33, and 37. Help yourself, but don't drink directly out of the jugs please. Drop bags/boxes: If you need something special you are welcome to have it in a drop bag (or container), which will be taken to the dual purpose station at mm 13.1/35. Clearly mark your name and bib# on the container and limit the size to 6"x8"x16" (larger containers may not be taken to the drop area, but left at the finish). Leave your drop bags/box at the designated spot near the big tent and we will take it out for you NOTE: when you are FINISHED with your bag/box and are ready for us to bring it to the finish line, please place it in the area designated as RETURN BAGS TO FINISH. Failure to do this will delay your bag coming back to the finish. You are also welcome to go retrieve your bag whenever you wish