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Buckeye Trail 50K

Buckeye Trail 50k

Sat, July 6, 2024
Brecksville Reservation
50k Trail Race

30th Annual Buckeye Trail 50k is part of the Ohio Endurance Series


The Buckeye Trail 50k was started in 1994 as Joe Jurczyk’s informal birthday run/race. Joe has been running the Buckeye Trail since his college days – which predates the CVNP. The original course was an out and back starting at Oak Grove and going south to Pine Lane. It also included segments to Brecksville Road (the first course was actually longer than 50k!) The out and back course enabled all participants to see every other participant at some point along the course.

While the park systems mature and routes are changed to incorporate many different needs, the allure of the Buckeye Trail 50k remains. In the first year, the event had thirteen finishers with Steve Godale and Mark Godale, both running their first ultramarathon, finishing together in first place in 5:12:18. As trail running has become more popular, so has the race. As one of the first ultras in Ohio and now in its 30th year, the Buckeye Trail 50k is recognized as the oldest trail 50k in the state of Ohio. This year BT50K has also been designated the RRCA Ohio 50k Championship Race.


Click here to view the Buckeye Trail 50k course map.


Donations benefit the Crooked River Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association.


  • Triblend Tee with Buckeye Trail 50k logo and Finisher Medal
  • OES Ultra-light Packable Rain/Wind Jacket and Finisher Medal – $20 premium
    • The Ohio Endurance Series introduces a cutting-edge packable jacket designed to meet the demands of adventurous athletes! Engineered with water repellency and wind resistance, this ultra-light jacket ensures optimal protection against the elements. The inclusion of a hood that can be tightened adds versatility, allowing athletes to adapt to changing weather conditions on the fly. It is the ideal companion for long-distance races, minimizing weight without compromising on performance. With packability at its core, this jacket conveniently packs into its own pocket. Whether facing rain, wind, or the need for a lightweight layer, this jacket is the ultimate choice for those pushing the boundaries of endurance in the Ohio landscape.

2024 Buckeye Trail 50k Swag Options


  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Top 3 Male and Female in the following 5-year age groups:
    24 & Under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & Over


Participate in 4 events to qualify and have a chance to be an Ohio Endurance Athlete of the Year! Qualifiers receive a trading card with your photo and Ohio Endurance Series race stats. Awards will be given for the Top 5 Overall, Top 1 Masters, Top 1 Grand Master.
OES Athletes of the Year trading card


  • EARLY REGISTRATION (through June 5): $85
  • REGULAR REGISTRATION (June 6-25): $90
  • LATE REGISTRATION (June 26 – July 6): $95


  • START TIME: 7:00 A.M. (10 hour cutoff)
    • Early Packet Pickup: Friday Noon to 7:00 P.M. at Vertical Runner Brecksville
    • Race Day Packet Pickup begins at 6:00 A.M. at Oak Grove
  • AID STATIONS (located at miles 5.5, 11, 15.5, 19.5, and 25) will serve water, pop, sports drink, and a variety of sweet and salty snacks (such as pickles, chips, and cookies). Water-only stops will be located on course (miles 1.25, 8.5,  23.5, and 29.75). An additional food item will be served at the finish line. Participants are encouraged to carry water.
  • DROP BAGS: There will be a drop bag location at Pine Lane. Mark your bag with your name and bib number and bring it to the start. Maximum drop bag size is 16”x20”x16” – no hard cases.
  • NO CREW/SPECTATOR ACCESS: Please note there is no crew or spectator access on course. Anyone violating this policy will be disqualified. We encourage any spectators to cheer for their runners at Oak Grove.


      • Buckeye Trail 50k is part of the Ohio Endurance Series, featuring fully supported trail races of varying distance and difficulty in the best parks throughout Ohio.

Ohio Endurance Series

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