Fossil Valley 3,6,9 Hour – Course Info and Maps

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START/FINISH LOCATION: The start/finish and packet pickup will be right behind the main Preserve building (education center) near the parking lot. See Preserve Map for more details.

COURSE DETAIL:

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 a few man-made steps will require extra concentration.

There is lots of adventure packed in this 2.69 mile loop!

Course Map

Course Profile (main 2.69 mile clockwise loop)

**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.

AID STATION: We have always rocked the paper cup-free status at our aid stations! Please bring your own water bottle or hydration system.

See Cup-Free Racing Support for a list of hydrous options to support this transition.

We will have one fully supported aid station (Oasis) located at the start/finish/start-another-loop area that will contain water, electrolyte drink (Tailwind), and a buffet table of other sugary/salty trail running goodies.

Hot Weather Running Insight and Tips:

You will be running during the night hours but it will still be warm. Averages temps for these hours are between 85F – 76F.

Here are a few articles worth checking out to help prepare for running in hot weather.

Lighting

If you are looking for a light source, a great all-around headlamp is the Black Diamond Spot (2016 version).bd-spot

Here are a couple places you could purchase one of these solid headlamps:

  • Running Warehouse (2-day free shipping) – Going through our Running Warehouse banner on Endurance Buzz may give us a little coffee money but cost you nothing.
  • Amazon

CUT-OFF TIMES: 

This unique race format and course provides a unique end to the race.

You must start your last loop before your time cut-off.

Examples (Signed up for 3 hour race):

  • Finished loop with 2:59:59 on the race clock. You can enjoy one more loop and add on a couple more miles to your total adventure.
  • Finished loop with 3:01:00 on the race clock. That last loop counts towards your total miles but you can’t go out for another loop.