The half-marathon starts at 9:00am while the 10K start at 9:15am.
All runners will start at the ball field near Pavilion #2 in a long mass start before heading down a slight hill toward the lake. Then the trail spreads out slightly as you climb a slight knob. Here is where the mud will begin to fly!
The trail flattens out at the top and then makes a drop into Canoe Creek Valley. Expect long straight grades at the top then sharper switchbacks and turns as the trail gets a little steeper near the bottom.
As you get closer to the spillway, the trail will flatten yet will get muddier until you make it near the spillway. Instead of crossing the spillway here, you will take a grassy service road up a hill and down the other side to The Confluence Crossing where New Creek and Canoe Creek meet. (
Note: Some years, due to high-water, we may detour runners to the spillway.)
SECTION 5: HOME STRETCH
You will then turn left onto the paved service road then a right into the woods and on singletrack onto Smith Hillside Trail which snakes you up the hill. It is a nice climb with mixed pine and deciduous forest to the top of the hill. Next is The Smith Hillside Landslide. The trail crowns the hill and makes a slight descent before traveling along the side of the hill.
The trail is narrow and extremely slippery when wet – especially on the downhill!
Runners will reach a four-way intersection – turn right. You will be on a wide grassy lane that is cambered to the left. Next is a sharp right turn and a straight downhill on a wide grassy path before meeting with a dirt service road as you continue downhill with a great view of the lake in front of you. Before you reach the water tower, you will make a sharp right onto a grassy trail that will wind back up the top of the hill to The Horse’s Back.
SECTION B4: HORSE’S BACK & THE KILN KLIMB
At the top make a left onto Mattern Trail. Mattern Trail is regularly used for horseback riding and hence the name as the trail will drop down the spine of the hill. The surface of this downhill is almost entirely grass. You will arrive at the bottom when you approach the Limestone Kilns.
You will make a left onto another section of Mattern Trail. This section will be a gentle yet steady climb through hardwoods as you again climb Moore’s Hill. The Madness begins when the trail veers to your right at the summit and then makes a series of abrupt downhills and climbs. Much of the trail is off-camber and slick with grass. At the top of a hill you make a right onto a connecting trail.
After crossing the boat launch and mooring grounds, you once again run on Fisherman Path across the breast of the dam and to the Roller Coaster. After the The Confluence Stream Crossing, runners will make a left past the wastewater plant instead of going straight. From here you will zigzag along a few of the horse trails before reaching the finish.