The Pursuit of Congelatio

BLACK TOE RUN – The pursuit of Congelatio

The Black Toe Run is a 12-24-48 -hour single-person and team relay that takes place on a trail loop at Hardin Farm in Watertown, TN. The loop is 5-ish miles and features approximately 1,250ft of vertical gain.

The relay will include teams of 2 or 4, however, individuals may endeavor to complete the challenge solo. We are not responsible for frozen phalanges or lost minds as a result of this decision! The goalis to complete as many loops as possible in the given time. Simple, right?!

Location and Start Times
Hardin Farm
10010 Statesville Road
Watertown, TN 37184

Aid Station

One of the best things about this race is the community atmosphere. While we provide water, electrolytes, and traditional aid station fare, it has become a tradition that each runner offers something to the table when they arrive. Homemade baked goods and casseroles, have been some favorites in the last few years.

We are thrilled once again to be working with our favorite brewery, Jackalope, to pour you tasty craft beer all day and night long.

Since the barn is our only aid station, it goes without saying that we’ll also set up some Porta Johns for you, and light up a really impressive bonfire once it gets dark.


We are thrilled to once again host a ruck division for each race. For the uninitiated, rucking is typically described as walking with a weighted pack. The activity gets its name from “rucksacks,” which is military-speak for “backpack.”

Per typical ruck standards, the weight requirement is determined by body weight:
Over 150lb – 20lb dry
Under 150lb – 10lb dry

48 Hours Rules

There is a 48-hour run this year. If you choose this time, I want you to know that you will be on your own for the first 24 hours with nothing from the RD. You will need to fuel yourself entirely during this time and you will need to mark your own time. As always, we are on the honor system, so you will be your own monitor. This is why the cost is the same as the 24hours.  There is only 1-2-3 place for this. Warning you will need to be a badass to do this the right way. 

Race Rules

One runner (per team) is allowed on course at any given time.
Each runner must mark their time on the board when returning back from the loop. This is the only way we can keep track of your time and is based on the honor system.

Each team member must complete at least one lap every 12 hours unless a team member has been injured.

Runners are responsible for your own warmth, sleeping tent, and winter survival. Keep this in mind, as January weather in Tennessee can go nuts quickly.

At the conclusion of the race, runners are given a 15 min grace period to finish their final lap, after which a mile of their total 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). If you are gunning for the 100 mile record then there are strict rules in which you must be back exactly at or before the 24 hour mark.

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, race officials 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. The crew must stay in the designated area on The Big Barn, and are not permitted on the course. Solo runners in the 24 hour and 48 hour can have someone come out with them after the 12 hour mark. Teams are not allowed to have anyone on the course with them.


10010 Statesville Road, Watertown, TN

  • Can I setup before – Yes you can and you can even camp afterwards. We are super easy going. Just let us know when you plan to come and leave.Do you have electricity – No we do not and the barn electrical outlets are off limits. You may bring a generator but do not run it near campers please.

    Will there be food this year – I will make brisket and noodle soup. We will also be bringing back the community food grab

    Can I start my own fire – As long as you setup a fire pit and clean it up when you leave.

    Can I bring a dog – yes but my big dog is off leash and has the overall rights to the farm. If you dog is acting mean then they will have to be put up or leave.

    Can I bring an RV – Yes we have plenty of room

    Can I come late – Sure. Come to the event whenever

    Can I bring a guest – yes you can

    Can someone come on a loop with me – Not until after the 12 hour mark. Teams are not allowed to have anyone on the course with them