Taum-A-Hawk race planned

The Ozark Trail Association has set the innaugural Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race, a one-day event open to the public, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 

The race will be along 13 miles of the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain Section from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park located in Iron County.

Traversing through the most scenic and rugged areas of the entire state, mixed-gender teams of two, up to 50 teams in total, will hike  time-trial formatted race beginning at the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, following the trail’s descent alongside Mina Sauk Falls, down into Taum Sauk Creek Valley, past Devil’s Tollgate rock formation, heading west across Wildcat and Proffit Mountains, and finishing at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Highway N parking area.

The Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk 2017 is a one-day hiking race open to the public, not a trail running race. Participants must be over the age of 16 in co-ed teams consisting of two people where classic hiking items will be required of each participant like hiking boots, back pack, trail map, a minimum amount of carried water (1L), and other safety items like battery-powered flashlight/headlamp.

The entrance fee includes a one-year membership to the Ozark Trail Association, a race day t-shirt with special logo, and complimentary food and beverage provided at day’s end. 

A trophy will be presented to the winning team with fastest time.

For more information on race requirements, rules, details on location, and where to officially sign your team up, visit www.ozarktrail.com or contact Abi Jackson at abi.jackson@ozarktrail.com.