First things first.
You need to read the Event Director Notes and FAQ to get a general idea what this race is all about.
There will far less train tracks than the summer version. There will also be no Double Tunnels and should not include train dodges of any kind. This is good news for some, bad news for others.
Head up the driveway and onto some dirt leading you onto the trail.
The trail opens up after you pass a building, take a right.
You will see The Rat Tunnel right before Mile 1.
Just after Rat Tunnel is where the Muddy Section begins If it has not rained in most recent 4 days, it will look like this (or better) and is much more doable. If it has rained any time in the 3 days prior to the race, it will be much messier.
Keep going, and you’ll come across this groovy new section.
Could continue to be muddy for a spell, depending on rain.
You are going to be approaching what will eventually be a bridge that goes over Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. You need to touch this wall and turn around.
Since MLK day is the day after this race, we request you take a moment when you touch it and think about anyone that has made sacrifices in the name of civil or human rights.
This is just after Mile 2
Mile 2-3 and Mile 3-4 are going back the way you just came.
At 4.35 you are approaching where you started on the trail. Keep on going past it, traveling Southeast.
Take this all the way to Allene Ave. The fiery Atlanta phoenix rising from the ashes will be on your right.
Cross the street, climb the fence and continue onto the dirt trail. If you use the “sides” of the fence, there is a bar in the middle to stand on.
(Not a fence jumper? Go right when you are facing the fence, go right down Allene Ave. It will end at Couer D’Allene Studio Lofts. Go left onto the train tracks, now you are back on course)
You are now running through “Angel’s Backyard”, a big open dirt section of the trail.
At 5.85, the dirt section will end, step over the black strips and onto a short woodsy section.
At 5.93 the woodsy section opens up onto some railroad tracks.
At 6.1, you will pass “J.D.s Last Stand” crossing over Metropolitan. There is a Chevron and other places to stop if you need refueling.
At 6.97, more refueling options, you could get off on Pryor road, as there is an Exxon
At 7.3, you will approach the Tunnel To Tarabithia. (If you get that computer in the photo to work, we’ll take a 30 minutes off your finish time)
Cross Milton Road at 7.5
Cross Hill Street at 8.
You will pass “Clayton’s Icebox” at Boulevard at 8.5
As you approach Mile 10, you will see downtown Glenwood
AID STATION/WATER DROP
There will either be humans there to give you some water, or there will be some jugs of water tucked away with red flags in the general vicinity to where they are.
Run through downtown Glenwood across I-20 on Bill Kennedy Way. Take this all the way to Harper Station where you will cross Memorial drive.
You are now back on some running trail. Keep going…
At 10.65 you will see this groovy strong man. (the one behind Clayton)
Take this until…you are looking at The Reynoldstown Mural and a sign next to you that will say Stein Steel at 10.7
Go Left on when you see that sign onto Wylie. Go Right on Estoria under The Krog Tunnel at 11.15
Then Left on Dekalb Avenue as soon as The Tunnel ends at 11.25
You will then go Right on Airline Street at 11.4 and an IMMEDIATE RIGHT you are now back on some gravel trail again.
Touch the magic picnic table and you are done!
Total Distance: 26-28 miles.