The half marathon course is 100% trail on the Smith Rock State Park trail system with incredible views. Between miles 0.5 - 2.1, racers gain 905 feet, which repeats on the second loop between miles 6.8 - 8.4. Participants do 2 loops of the trail system and finish at the grassy area next to the parking area. Participants will pass 7 aid stations on the half marathon course and there is a bathroom house just southeast base of the helicopter pad. At mile 4.25 and 10.6, participants can look left and see Monkey Face, a rock formation in the shape of a monkey's face.
The four mile race starts at Rim Rock Trail next to the parking lot just south of the information yurt. It descends into the canyon and then goes up Misery Ridge Trail with 647 foot gain over .44 miles, cresting at Monkey Face to a downward slope on Mesa Verde Trail to River Trail and then into the finish, up Canyon Trail. There is an aid station at the base of the footbridge that participants pass twice. There is another aid station at River Trail and Mesa Verde Trail junction.