Post by Mark Boucher on Sept 21, 2012 15:13:38 GMT -5
I ran the entire length of the Little Blue Trace Trail as an out and back from the middle covering the entire length of the trail twice. It is located in Lee's Summit and Independence Missouri. I ran from the gate at Lee's Summit Road to the shelter at the North End. Total distance of 30.16 miles per my Garmin 110. Time of 6:28:17. I ran this self supported by parking in the middle and using my truck as an aid station. I ran the Northern end as an out and back first, then the Southern end out and back second.
If anyone plans to run this trail in the future - good luck. There is no water, so plan accordingly. I started at the parking lot near Centerpoint hospital. I completed the Northern section first by using a full Nathan hydration pack with 65 oz and stashing a 24 oz. bottle about 4 miles in. The Southern tip is reachable with a hydration pack.
This trail is fairly scenic for an urban gravel based trail. Many sections of woods and it follows the Little Blue River. The weather was good today with temps in the high 50's at the start and ending around 80 degrees f.
Congratulations. I have wanted to accomplish that feat ever since the extra 4 miles was added on the north end a few years ago. I have run the Blue Springs 50/50 on that trail a few times, but I don't think it has ever included the north 4 miles (?) as part of the race.
Congrats on the FKT Mark. If I stay healthy over the next few weeks I will be attempting an FKT on the Little Blue Trace. I am planning on attempting it on the 21st of March and will be following the same style that you took. I will be parking in the lot for the trail near Buffalo Wild Wings and Coldstone creamery, which I believe is the same parking lot you started from, and will be resupplying from my car so it'll be self-supported. I don't have a GPS watch but I do have a regular Timex watch that I will be using so I won't be able to record the distance with the time but I will be taking some pictures and I'll have the total time.
Hello again Mark and all. I finished the Little Blue Trace Trail FKT on Saturday March the 21st. I finished in 4:33:15 and also used my car as an aid station parked at the same parking lot I believe. I ran the Southern end as an out and back and then the Northern end as an out and back.
Currently there is construction going on around the Lee's Summit Road bridge over the trail so the trail is shutdown there. I had to run through the construction zone and couldn't run under the bridge on the trail so I had to run up onto the road and then back down onto the trail through some weeds. In the picture I took of the Lee's Summit bridge, I ran off to the left up the hill to the road just in front of where I was standing which is kinda hard to see in the picture.
Like Mark said, there is no water so either stash it or carry what you'll need. But also be ready for the heat because I thought the trail was hardly shaded and I could feel the heat start to effect me by the end. I can't figure out how to include pictures on here so I'm including a link to my blog. It's williamcharmon.wordpress.com/
Congratulations Witlain. It would be interesting to use the entire trail for a 50K race (like the Blue Springs 50/50) now that the trail has been extended to 15 miles. I am assuming that your FKT ended at the little concrete building just a little ways past Lee's Summit Road? It is funny that on a GPS that building is exactly one mile past the last current mile marker on the trail; what a coincidence!!! The trail technically "starts" at the north end so there is no way they could have planned that!!!
I ended at the gate that the trail curves up to that's next to Lee's Summit Road. I didn't consider the dirt road to that building to be part of the trail so I ran to the gate I just mentioned. It's the gate most people park next to to start from the Lee's Summit Road end.
Addition to Little Blue Trace to be completed at some point. There is already a section that has been added to the south that currently just crosses under 350 Highway at "Knobtown". Not sure when that section will be completely linked up with the main section, but at a minimum a foot bridge has to be constructed over a small section of creek just south of Lee's Summit Road. I believe this section will add about 5-6 miles to LBT to bring the total distance to 20 miles or so.