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The Copperhead Run

The next KORHS event will be on May 19th at the Copperhead Run in Wolfe County, Kentucky. We named it Copperhead Run for a reason and the fact that it is located in the Eastern portion of the state means that the terrain is different from where most of our events are staged. The soil is more sandy, the pines are more abundant, and the undergrowth is thicker. All of those features combined with a large flat area that was strip mined over 3 decades ago make for an awesome venue (and a great place for Copperheads to hang out).

Arrowing the Course
Arrowing the Course

The course begins on the flat strip site and winds between the pines but racers are riding on natural terrain within 3/4 mile or so. The next 4.5 miles is a really nice single track trail through typical Eastern Kentucky mountain terrain. Lots of little elevation changes and a mix of hardwoods and conifers keep the trail fun and interesting. There are plenty places to pass though, and I’m sure some new lines will open up as the race wears on. You won’t find this type of trail anywhere in the central or western parts of Kentucky so enjoy it.

Copperhead Run Trail Work
Copperhead Run Trail Work

Racers exit this more natural terrain and drop into an area along the fringes of the old strip mine. This area has an interesting surface as it is where the overburden from the mine was pushed downhill. Lots of little ups and downs between the pines. The course transitions to the flat mined out area around mile marker 5 and flows nicely through the pines for another 1.5 miles.

Below are three links to some video clips of the 2013 Course:

http://youtu.be/vIUoya9Wr0s

http://youtu.be/O9OY8smPDuM

http://youtu.be/EeYzXcEUkgg

The course was a hit in 2012 with most all the KORHS Racers and they’ll love the extra mileage and widened trails in 2013.

See you on the Trail!

March was a blur . . .

Well I noticed this morning that I didn’t even make a post to the blog during March. Overall, March was just a blur for me. I was very busy at work and I spent every weekend working on the Sawmill Hare Scramble course. The warmer than usual weather was good and bad, but that is all a matter of perspective.

The warm weather was bad in that it was hot to work in for so early in the season and the leaves on the trees came on about 6 weeks ahead of schedule. This made for more trail clearing work and it messed with the schedule of the KyFromAbove project that we’re managing at work. How was anyone to know that Spring would come a month and half early!

We also spent one day in March scouting a new venue over in Wolfe County. This is near the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park. The terrain is very unique in terms of what we’ve had to work with in the past. There is a totally different variety of trees and ground is sandy. Looks like we’ll have 6 weekends to cut the course from scratch. It is a long drive, but the venue is needed and it will be a welcome addition to the KORHS schedule. Below is a photo I took on the way to the property. Enjoy!

Panoramic View of Wolfe County
Panoramic View of Wolfe County

See you on the trail!