10 October 2020
This race is unique in that there are two different loop courses, and you can mix and match the courses throughout the weekend. As long as the mileage adds up to the distance you’re setting out to cover, you’re good to go.
The trail course is a 3 mile loop using the Montgomery Bell State Park trail system. The trail is technical – there are roots and rocks – and hilly in some spots. This ain’t flat and fast! There are no water crossings. Most of the course is shaded by tall trees.
Because we have a road course and a trail course, and we let you mix and match them as you’d like, we can’t use chip timing equipment to count your laps. All runners covering 50 miles or more will be using a container counting system. There will be containers full of wooden balls at the end of the road loop, and sticks at the end of the trail loop. As you come in from a lap, you will pull a ball or stick from the containers, and put them into a cup that will be labeled with your name and bib number. As the day progresses, we will periodically count the balls and sticks in your mug and convert them to mileage, which will be recorded on paper and also posted in front of each person’s mug. The balls and sticks will be emptied and reused, so you’ll see your mug occasionally go empty, but your mileage is just fine. We video tape the counting in case there are any disputes.