20 Mile Course Description
Start to Mt. Union Road Water Stop
The 20 mile trail race will start near Pavilion #7 at the McDanels boat launch. Run west a short distance and turn right onto the crushed limestone bike path. Follow the crushed limestone bike path to the bike rental shop. Proceed along the right side of the parking area to the start of the asphalt paved bike path. Follow the bike path to where it crosses the blue-blazed North Country/Glacier Ridge Trail and turn left off of the pavement. After a few hundred yards, the trail crosses North Shore Drive. From North Shore Drive, continue to follow single-track to the unmanned fluids-only aid station at Mt. Union Road (race course 4.7-miles).
Mt. Union Road to 528 Bridge
From Mt. Union Road, stay on single track around a small pond. Shortly after passing by the pond, bear left to stay on blue blazed trail. Follow trail uphill, across a flat ridge, and then a long downhill followed by turning left to continue on blue-blazed North Country/Glacier Ridge Trail. Continue to a trail junction and sign for “Rt. 528 Bridge” and turn left to continue on blue-blazed North Country Ridge Trail. At the top of the hill, turn right onto white-blazed trail and follow white blazes to the base of the hill immediately west of the 528 Bridge. Turn left to exit the trail and enter the boat launch area and follow the left side of the roadway to pass under the 528 Bridge (race course 9.1-miles).
528 Bridge to Upper 528 Aid Station
After passing under the bridge, carefully cross the entrance roadway at the bathroom and them proceed on the right side of the roadway. Proceed up a slight incline and turn right onto the first roadway. At the first intersection bear left and follow the roadway northward, the paved road will terminate at a dirt parking area. Proceed through the metal pole gates and onto the utility line right-of-way. Follow the right-of-way for approximately 0.25-miles were you will turn left into the tree line at the base of a right-of-way hill. Follow the blue and white ribbons to the top of the hill, cross the right-of-way and re-enter the tree line on the opposite site. Continue to follow the blue and white ribbons that will lead you to the Upper 528 Aid Station (race course 10.7-miles).
Upper 528 Aid Station to Mt. Union Road Water Stop
At the Upper 528 Aid Station, 20 mile event runners will turn around and head back toward the start/finish at McDanels. Follow the same course to pass under the 528 bridge and once entering the woods, proceed onto the white-blazed trail to the left along the lake. Approximately 0.6-miles you will then follow blue-blazed North Country/Glacier Ridge Trail straight ahead (do not turn right once reoining the blue-blazed trail). Continue on blue-blazed trail to the unmanned fluids-only aid station at Mt. Union Road (race course 16.0-miles).
Mt. Union Road Water Stop to Finish
Cross Mt. Union roadway and continue to follow blue-blazed North Country Ridge Trail to the paved bike trail. Turn right on the paved bike trail and continue to the bike rental shop, pass through parking area on the left side and proceed on the crushed limestone bike path to McDanels boat launch. At the end of the crushed limestone bike path turn left onto the paved roadway and proceed to the finish (race course 20.7-miles).
Awards: All finishers 1st Place – male and female No Crew – No Pacers – No Drop Bags
Note: All distances should be regarded as approximate. We feel that in most instances, they are within a couple tenths of a mile, and will continue to verify distances and update course descriptions accordingly. This course includes the crossing of multiple paved roadways that will be open and in use during the race. Use caution crossing all roadways.