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Friday, October 26, 2012

Natural Bridge will host 10th annual Red River Gorge American Classic adventure race

Natural Bridge State Resort Park plays host to the 10th annual Red River Gorge American Classic, a 12-hour adventure race through the scenic and rugged terrain of the Daniel Boone National Forest, on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The event is directed by Flying Squirrel Adventures, in partnership with Kentucky State Parks.

Commonly known as “The Fig,” the race is nicknamed in honor of legendary U.S. Forest Service Ranger Don Fig, who executed more than 1,400 search and rescues in his storied career.

Approximately 150 racers will trek, mountain bike and paddle along a 60-mile course that highlights the sandstone cliffs and arches that draw climbers and tourists from around the globe. The course is not marked. Teams must find their way to remote checkpoints using topographic map and compass.

The Fig is the championship race in a series of four races held in Kentucky State Parks this year, known as the Unbridled Adventure Race Series. The first three races were shorter, beginner-friendly races meant to introduce newcomers to the sport and train them up for the Fig, the toughest and longest-running adventure race in the state.

The top five finishers in the series will share a $1,000 purse, and prizes will be awarded to winners in each division, as well. Photos and results from past races may be found at www.racethefig.com. Information about the Unbridled Adventure Race Series may be found here.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the largest and most famous natural arches in Kentucky and is surrounded by breathtaking topography and unique flora and fauna within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The park offers lodging, cottages and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit parks.ky.gov.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, exit 33.

From Kentucky Department of Parks