Race Start Time
Both the 100K and 50K races will start together promptly at 6AM.
The course has a widely varied trail surface that includes well maintained single and double track trail, grassy single track, dirt roads and a bit of asphalt too, on a course that is extremely "runnable" as trail courses go . Two ascents and one long descent traverse the upland forest. These steep shaded trails have some roots, ruts, and stones. The trails in the upper meadows are mostly dirt, grass, rolling, and unshaded. The meadows are referred to as the Serengeti. Each lap's 5 km of running in the Serengeti can make for a challenging summer ultra if Mother Nature offers a warm sunny day. The lake trails are shaded, have a few roots and are generally flat. Overall, the course lends itself to quick running without technical hikes.
A well-supported run with 2 stocked aid stations and 1 unmanned water drop; racers are always within 3.75 miles of the next aid on the course. Participants and crew can position their own bags, coolers, chairs & canopies (10'x10' max) beside the Main Aid Station and along the paved footpath that brings the participants to the Main Aid Station. Some cool finisher awards and gear.
Course Time Limit
The 100 km participants must finish 87.5 km (finish lap 7) under 12 hours (by 6:00 p.m.) in order to start the final lap. The course closes at 14 hours and 15 minutes (at 8:15 p.m.), unless a finish is imminent, i.e. runners seen approaching the finish. The only exception to this is for Grandmasters 50 that have until 6:45 p.m. to start their final lap and have until 9:00 p.m. to finish.
Local time: 4:50 AM