This will be the 25th anniversary for the race!
Please read this very important outline of course details and start times.
Race Details September 9/10, 2017
Note: if you run more than 2 minutes without seeing a small red flag, back track untill you find one – you are off course (Remember this – very important)
Cookhouse: Open for Coffee & Bagels @ 5:00AM & closes @ 5:30AM (for 100m/50m runners only) Start Time – 5:45 at the Forest Office for roll call 100 milers & Prayer.
Start Time for 100M/50M/50K – 6:00 AM SHARP
Start Time – 26K/12K - 9:00AM (end of the yard)
FYI – any markers you see on laneways leading away from the main road are in miles NOT kilometers.
From Base Camp you run 1.1k before turning right onto East Road. Now on a gradual downhill, at 1.7K you bear left passing the MacDonald Boat Launch (Sub Stop – careful of the Submarine & rail tracks). Aid stations #2 is just past the tracks. Continue & cross the East Road where you proceed on Poachers Trail @2.2K. A few good little climbs to start Poachers but levels out & then a nice long descent until the end of the trail. Turn right & there is Aid Station #4 & head back to the Finish Line.
From Base Camp you run 1.1K before turn right on the East Road. At 1.7K you bear left passing by MacDonald Boat Launch (careful of the Submarine rail tracks) Aid station 2 is just over the tracks & will be set up next time you go through this aid station. Continue on the trail & then left at the East Road again at 2.25K. Over the next 1K on forest roads u encounter two hills & leveling out at 3.1K. Just past Aid Station #3, you will turn left on the Red Trail 6K to reach Normac Trail at 6.3K.
Now on Normac Trail you climb a challenging (500metre) hill & then left to continue on the Normac. The trails levels out & descend for a short distance & then you encounter another serious climb (700 metre) leveling out at the 8K mark. Continuing on Normac you pass the Dog Trail arriving back at the East Road at 10.1K.
Turn left on the East Road & run past the MacDonald Boat Launch for the second time & Aid Station #2. Running past the aid station, this time you cross the East Road & enter Poachers Trail 11K. As the challenge continues you encounter a hill at 12K leveling out at 12.5K and about 200 metres later climb again reaching hilltop at 13K. Now a long descent until u reach 14K, then leveling out to the trails end at 15.5K.
At the end of Poachers, you turn right & Aid Station #4 is there. Proceed up the hill & turn left into The Pass & follow it till you come to a T -junction. Proceed right for a few metres & follow the sign for Redstone Vista (16.8K). Proceed up the hill till you see the sign “To Ben's Trail” (17.1 & proceed left till you hit Ben's Trail (17.7). At Ben's Trail turn right & follow the trail till you hit Krista Trail (20.1) where you will proceed right.
Over the balance of the Krista you encounter more hills & descents in a very dense forest section. Coming out of the forest area, you will see Aid Station #5. Proceed along the flat logging road for a couple of k's.
At the T-junction, proceed right, cross the bridge & make an immediate left on Black Creek Trail. About 1/2K down the trail is the place where 50K runners will turn & head for home. The turn will be clearly marked with a big yellow sign. 50M/100M runners continue down this trail is somewhat more forgiving. The trails opens to a forest road (for approx 2K) through a scenic hardwood forest section until u reach East Road. Turn right & a few feet down the road is aid station #6 & the 30K mark.
On Lookout trail you proceed one km before a long climb, topping out at 31.1K (do not climb all the way to the Lookout) then a long decent leveling out at 32K. Crossing a wooden bridge you go left onto Sprucetree Trail at 33K. A nice sandy old forest road will bring you back to the East Road at 35K. At the t-junction u proceed right & then an immediate left to start the King & James Trail.
The King & James trail climbs again for about a kilometer then levels out for 500 metres, followed by a long descent for another kilometer. There are a few more rollers over the next couple of kilometers. At the junction of the Green & King & James, the trail changes its name to the Red Trail and here you bear right & continue down the road till you reach Aid Station #7 – continue through the aid station till you see the turnaround for the 50M/100M. Proceed back to the Aid Station #7 & then retrace the route.