START/FINISH LOCATION: The start/finish will be right behind the main building (education center) near the parking lot. See Course Map for more details.
It will be hot! Be prepared! (Avg: high 95F, low 76F)
As you run through the beautiful wooded areas of the Preserve, you will encounter a mix of groomed and technical trail. The technical fun will mostly occur on the short and steep hills where roots and man-made steps will require extra concentration.
This is not an easy course but packs in a large amount of concentrated dirt fun within each 5.63 mile loop.
18 km (actual 11.26 miles) – two (2) x 5.63 mile mile counter-clockwise loops
36 km (actual 22.52 miles) – two (2) x 5.63 mile mile counter-clockwise loops + two (2) 5.63 mile clockwise loops (opposite direction).
**Course distance measured with a Rolatape Professional Series measuring wheel.
Course is subject to change and if so, maps/information will be updated and runners notified immediately.
Hot Weather Running Insight and Tips:
Here are a few articles worth checking out to help prepare for running in hot weather.
- Hydration – What you need to know (from Hammer Nutrition)
- Electrolyte Replenishment – Why It’s So Important and How To Do It Right (from Hammer Nutrition)
- The Dangers of Hot Weather Running (From the hottest of hot events – Badwater)
AID STATIONS: Again, all aid stations will be rockin’ the cup-free status! Please bring your own water bottle or hydration system.
See Cup-Free Racing Support for a list of hydrous options to support this transition.
The 18 km runners will have three (3) fully supported aid stations.
The 36 km runners will have seven (7) fully supported aid stations.
The fully supported aid-stations will contain water, electrolyte drink, and a buffet table of other sugary/salty ultra goodies.
CUT-OFF TIMES: 8 hour minute time limit! The entire course will be officially closed at 1:30pm.
All runners must start their last lap by 11:30am.
If you cannot make these cut-off times, you will be kindly escorted from the race and listed as a DQFBIP (Didn’t Quite Finish But Inspired Plenty)…but you will always still be a member of this tribe!