Nature and music come together to make one great race

Though the Renfro Rock ‘N Run began in 2013, you could say it has been in the planning stages for decades.

Planning first began when the state split some of the prettiest countryside in Kentucky with winding roads that would one day provide breathtaking vistas and rolling terrain. It continued in 1939 when John Lair built the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, which would give our race its theme as well as a fantastic staging area, complete with wide open spaces for parking. And when work crews created Lake Linville in 1968, little did they know that they were also creating another unmatched scenic backdrop for running and walking.

The result is what many call the perfect setting for a music-themed, homespun, naturally beautiful and perfectly enjoyable distance race. As word continues to spread, the race continues to grow.

The 2015 Rock ‘N Run grew by 23 percent from 2014 and became the largest race ever in Rockcastle County. Five-hundred, twenty-three (327 of them half-marathoners) came from across Kentucky and six other states to participate.

“Thanks for putting together such a fun and well organized race,” Erin McMahon wrote on our Facebook wall. “This was our first time, and it was such a perfect event.”
Rockcastle County’s scenery was mentioned time and again. “The most beautiful race course I have run,” wrote Denise Wright. “Things I loved about this race: Running around the lake twice; challenging hills; flat areas with views of rolling hills; downhill near the end with wooded views… thanks to all the volunteers too!”

We can’t thank all of the volunteers enough either, as well as the sponsors and organizations who gave their time and energy to make this race possible.

Not to mention the hard workers and visionaries of a different era.