You'll be running on trails through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and surrounding timber lands. The course is essentially one big loop with aid stations every 4-7 miles providing water, electrolyte drinks, and snacks.
Marathon relayers may have teams of two to four people to cover the entire 26.2 miles. If you want to run the entire marathon and still be part of a team, you must run the first leg of the relay for your team. Marathoners run all legs. Ultra-runners (50K) run all, plus an extra 4.8 mile portion that will be added at the very beginning of the run. (They will start a half hour earlier than the rest.)
Leg 0: 4.8 miles (easy)
50K ultra-runners only
|Relayers waiting for their team member at Exchange|
Leg 2: 4.6 miles (moderate)
Leg 3: 8 miles (moderate to hard)
Leg 4: 6.6 miles (easy to moderate)
Exchange point 1 is walking distance from the start. Exchange points 2 and 3 are an easy 4 mile drive north of the start with plenty of space to park and picnic. There will be porta-potties at these exchanges.
In an effort to reduce paper waste, we are not providing cups. There will be plenty of water on course; however, you'll need to bring your own water bottle to refill at the aid stations.
Due to the fact that some of the lower trails are on private property, we are not publishing the map here. A map will be provided on race weekend. Thank you to Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Hancock Forest Management, The Simms Family, The King Family, The Pearson Family, The Woodruff Family.
Here are the elevations of each leg, and at the end, an elevation profile of the entire course.
Elevation profile (s)
(In general, start is at 1900-foot elevation. Highest point is 3500-feet. In general if you head north, you're going up, if you head south, you're going down...with a few exceptions of course. :) )
Elevation of Leg 0 (50Ks only).
Elevation of Leg 1
Elevation of Leg 2
Elevation of Leg 3
Elevation of Leg 4
Profile of entire 26.2 mile course (50K is same except adds in Leg 0 (flat) for 4.8 additional miles)