Hiking race between Missouri state parks coming in June

The Ozark Trail Association has an upcoming event that hiking enthusiasts may want to join. The association has recently announced its inaugural Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race set for June 10, 2017.

A one-day event open to the public, hikers will traverse the 13 miles of the Ozark Trail from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park located in Iron County, Missouri. Journeying across some of the most scenic and rugged areas of the state, mixed-gender teams of two (with up to 50 teams total) will hike a time-trial-formatted race beginning at the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in the state.

The hikers will follow the trail’s descent alongside Mina Sauk Falls, down into Taum Sauk Creek Valley, past the Devil’s Tollgate rock formation, heading west across Wildcat and Proffit mountains and ending at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park’s parking area.

“This is a rather rugged hike and not recommended for beginners or people who do not regularly engage in physical activity,” said the chief operations officer of the Ozark Trail Association. “An active, fit person who is not an experienced hiker could probably handle it just fine, but this will be physically demanding. This is one of the most rugged and most popular sections of the Ozark Trail.”

The 13-mile hike can take as long as 10 hours or more and will start at 7 a.m.

For more information on race requirements, rules, details on the location and where to register your team visit: The Ozark Trail Association’s registration page, or contact Abi Jackson at abi.jackson@ozarktrail.com.

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