BLACK TOE RUN 2015 – The pursuit of congelatio



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The Black Toe Relay is a 12 -hour relay that occurs on a 5 mile trail loop at Hardin Farm in Watertown, TN. The race will have teams of 2 or 4, however, individuals may endeavor to complete the challenge, though we are not responsible for frozen phalanges or lost minds. The goal is to complete as many loops as possible in the given time period, with one team member running at a time. To stay official, one lap must be done every 2 hours. Simple, right?!


HOODIES and Belt Buckles

This year we will be giving away hoodies after the race and sending them to each participant. Also we will make special belt buckles for any individual who gets 50 miles on this course. Warning getting 50 miles is very hard.


Location: Hardin Farm

10010 Statesville Road

Watertown, TN 37184

Starting time: 10am, January 31, 2015

Race ends: 10pm January 31, 2015

Race Food: Roman Noodles, sandwiches will be provided at night so please bring food for the daytime.  Of course we will also provide  water, and GU!

Awards Ceremony: 11pm January 31, 2015 – Awards will be custom made of stone from the skillful hand of Mr. Hardin

Entry fee: 12 hours:

$70 per person with Hoodie –  All hoodies will be shipped after the race.


Team size: Individual, 2, or 4 person teams (male, female, and co-ed)

Loop size: 5 mile trail, ~1400 feet of ascent, equal descent

Aid: Starting line will serve as the aid station, which will have GU’s and water for everyone.

Packet Pick Up: Will be held at race location the day of the race. Please try to come early  (7:30- 9:30am).

Included in Event

* Black Toe Run Cotton Hoodies
* Custom Awards
* Beer
* Hot Noodles
* Burgers

* Male and Female Port O Johns

* Heated in-closed porch for warmth

* Camp Fire

Main Rules:

  • One runner on the course at a time
  • Each team member must complete at least one lap every 12 hours
  • Must be self-supporting. There is a campout area at the start, which will have water coolers, along with a tap for refill. We will have floodlights and a heated porch at Slug Row (the campout area) which serves as a pit stop area for runners. Runners are responsible for your own food, drinks (other than water), warmth, sleeping tent, and winter survival.
  • At the conclusion of the race, runners are given a 15 min grace period to finish their final lap, after which a mile will be deducted for every 15 min they are late (for example, at 10:15 one mile is deducted, at 10:30 two miles, and so forth).
  • Each time a runner comes in they must mark their tally sheet. This is based on the honor system.
  • Littering on the course will subject you to disqualification
  • Due to the extreme weather at this time of year we reserve the right to cancel the event at any time. Final results will be calculated based on each runner’s placement at the call time as determined by that runner’s last completed lap. This rule is intended to be a last resort
  • If you are struggling at any point in the run, race officials will have the right to evaluate you, and it will be their call if you will be allowed to continue. These decisions will be made with your safety and desire to finish in mind
  • Runners may have crew support every lap. When helping, crew must stay at designated area on Slug Fest Row. Helping outside of the runners designated area on Slug Fest Row is not allowed
  • When checking in you will be asked to show your required materials described below. If you do not have these items you are subject to disqualification


  • Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rdin the following categories
    • 12 Hour  Solo
    • 12 Hour 2 person team
    • 12 Hour 4 person team
    • Fastest Lap (First Place Only)

What to Bring – You will be asked to show all required materials when signing in. Failure to have them could lead to disqualification

  • Required - Flashlights or headlamps will be required!!
  • Required - Water Bottles
  • Required - Long Sleeve technical shirt
  • Required - Warm jacket
  • Required - Gloves
  • Tent
  • A very warm sleeping bag and pad to keep you off the ground
  • Food and drink for the long haul ahead
  • Tarps – To keep your camp area from getting muddy
  • Any pain medicine you might need
  • Small personal First Aid Kit
  • Fork, Knife, Plate – For Chili and to cut down on trash
  • Chairs to sit and rest in
  • Extra socks
  • Religious relics


The Trail

The trail is 5 miles and 1,400 feet in gain per loop. With the combination of freezing weather, long distances, tough terrain, and bad elevation gain/loss this makes for one of the toughest runs created in TN. You will have minimal support so please prepare properly.





19 Responses

  1. James Barnard November 28, 2012 at 7:07 AM ·

    Would I have the option to run for 24 hours if I sign up for 12? Would I only qualify for the 12 hr awards if I did this?

    1. James Barnard November 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM ·

      I would do the solo…

  2. James Barnard November 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM ·

    I am interested in this run and would like to know how many people are expected to come out like Cora wanted to know. I would hate to be the only guy running around a farm for 12 or 24 hours. How many solos are expected to attend. There any way to see who has registered for the event? Also, how will the trails be? Will it be easy to find where we are going? Will the trails be covered with leaves (I am assuming so). Is the run pretty or is it through the jungle and you’ll feel like you’re running in a closet the whole race?

  3. Troy Johnson November 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM ·

    The wife and I like to run together instead of one at a time on the trail, so the solo entry would be our best way to go, right?

  4. kevin November 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM ·

    12,2 man team

  5. Kevin November 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM ·

    How many miles should someone be running prior to the rAce?

  6. Priscilla Bankston November 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM ·

    Quick question: did you have a minimum age requirement for this adventure?



  7. Cody Goodwin
    Cody Goodwin November 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM ·

    I have a quick question:
    What is this vegetarian crap you are talking about for the food? If there isn’t meat in it, why would I eat it during this hellacious endeavor?

  8. Cora Farris November 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM ·

    Hi I am very interested in this run. I did the Loretta Lynn’s trail run earlier this year and had a great time. I have a few questions before I register.

    1. I have a camper trailer. Are those allowed on the premisis and if so can I run a generator?
    2. How many people do you expect to enter the run?


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