Start to Mt. Union Road Aid Station (Mile 4.7)
The 50K 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 an unmanned fluids-only aid station at Mt. Union Road.
Mt. Union Road to Rt. 528 Aid Station (Mile 10.0)
From Mt. Union Road, stay on single track around a small pond. Shortly after passing by the pond, bear left onto white blazed connector trail. Follow white trail uphill, across a flat ridge, and then a long downhill followed by turning left to re-join the blue GRT. Continue on blue 1.9 miles to a trail junction and sign for “Rt. 528 Bridge”. Go straight, toward the Rt. 528 bridge, on white blazed trail. After about 0.7 mile on the white trail, the course turns abruptly left and begins a climb away from the lake. After the climb, a flat, but very rocky section leads to a junction with the blue blazed GRT. Bear right and follow the GRT to the Rt. 528 aid station.
Rt. 528 to Jennings Center Aid Station (Mile 15.2)
Shortly after crossing Rt. 528, you will come to a trail intersection, GO TO THE LEFT and continue on blue-blazed trail. At the edge of Jennings Environmental Education Center area, turn right on the white-blazed Ridge Trail. Note: Runners leaving the trail within the Jennings Center will be subject to disqualification. There are many intersecting trails in this part of the course, pay attention to the blue race course markings. You will pass in front of the Jennings Environmental Center building and then cross Rt. 528. After crossing Rt. 528, go through the gate on your left, through a gravel parking lot and onto a short trail section to the Jennings Center aid station.
Jennings Center Aid Station to Rt. 528 (Mile 21.0)
From the pavilion, turn right and follow the blue race course markings. There are many intersecting trails in this part of the course, pay attention to the blue race course markings. Once back on the blue-blazed GRT, trace your steps back to the Rt. 528 aid station. Once leaving the aid station proceed back to the finish at the McDanels boat launch.
Awards: All finishers
1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place – male and female
Glacial Pace Award (last finisher within cutoff)
Crew – Permitted at Rt. 528 Aid Station and Jennings Aid Station
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.