The Firewater 100K, 50K, and 50K Relay take place on the East Lakeshore Trail on the east coast of the Tellico Reservoir. Firewater is the first and only event to utilize this trail system end-to-end. We have The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) to thank for these wonderful, well-maintained, and very runnable trails.
A few years ago we decided to change things up a bit, and everybody loved it so we're keeping it this way. The 100K (the first and currently only 100K trail race in Tennessee) runs the entire length of the trail out and then back. The 50K will start at the northern end (where the 100K turns around) and run back to the finish line. And, there's the 50K Relay option, in case you and a friend only want to run half of a 50K each, but still want to join the party.
For 2020, the finish line will once again be the southern terminus of the trail, at the Wildcat Pointe Trailhead (#10) - far left on this map:The 100K
course starts at Wildcat Pointe (#10), runs all the way north to the Canal Branch Trailhead (#1) turns around and returns all the way back to the finish line at Wildcat Pointe (#10).
After the 100K runners take off, The 50K
runners will hop in a bus with us and ride to all the way north to the other end at the Canal Branch Trailhead (#1), then race all the way back to the finish at Wildcat Pointe (#10).
The 50K Relay
will be slightly different: The first leg will ride the bus up with the solo 50K runners, while the second leg will drive a car to the Sinking Creek Trailhead (#4) -- the first runner will run to your teammate at Sinking Creek, then the second runner will run to the finish line while the first runner drives the car back to the finish line for the celebration.
Use this Google document link to get details about aid station locations, distance between aid stations, cutoff times, crew access locations, drop bag locations, and pacer entry locations:
Local time: 3:28 AM
Course Details, Aid Stations, and Cutoff Times
Here's another Google document link to the
2020 Firewater Runners Manual.