A 50km loop, repeated twice. Starts & finishes at the Lodge. It starts the same as years past, up the Big Nasty & Sky Island, then drop down the other side, then back around the traverse of Sky Island, to drop into Equestrian. Out Equestrian the other side, up the super-highway T#1, to the rough scramble called T#6, past the Devil's xRoads, then climb the backside of the Sisters, down the other side, and back onto the superhighway back towards Ice Cream Hill. The approach to Ice Cream is not what it used to be though. It has been greatly modified. Yes, more hills! But, you do get over Ice Cream and then approach Nachos. From Nachos, it will be much the same for awhile, along the creek bed, we call T#7, up to the park check-in building, cross over the road to T#8 and around the big loop down into Chapas, same as in the past. Leaving Chapas is much the same for a few miles also: looping around the T#9 trails til you cross the main park entrance road over into the fields. Once in the fields, we have added the race-track: a one mile loop around a wide open and very flat field. In the past, this section was a nightmare IF it rained (i.e. mud galore!). Most all of this section is now covered in grass, so it might be a lot better than in the past. But ya' never know. After the racetrack, we come into our new aid station (YaYa) which is right next to the main park road. Leaving YaYa, we drop down behind the Mansion, cross the creek which is a solid rock and usually quite easy to cross without wet feet...usually. On the other side, we hop on an old jeep road and stay on it. We do not cross the road, as in the past, to reach Equestrian on the other side. We are NOT stopping there. Now, we stay on the old dirt jeep track all the way til we drop the creek crossing again to slowly head towards Lucky Peak and then Last Chance. From here to the finish is also the same as always: over Cairns and Boyles, and into the Lodge.
This is almost exactly the same route as the 100km except for the entrance and exit to the course. You start straight out the back of the Lodge towards Last Chance, turn left... and you are on the same course as the 100km. ------ Near the end, after you cross Lucky and reach Last Chance, you will head straight back in the last half-mile to the finish at the Lodge.
This course is a single 25km loop. A new start this year: straight out the road that you drove in on, but only for a couple hundred yards or so, to turn off on the left side to intersect the 100km course. From here, you will be the first group to climb Lucky Peak and then on to Last Chance. This follows with Cairns Climb, Boyles Bump down to a temporary water only aid station just for the 50km/25km at Boyles. After Boyles, you pass through Big Nasty and Sky Island and back around to Equestrian. You will miss the Sisters & Ice Cream Hill, same as usual. We will have a route just for the 25km runners to cross the road and join over to the course in the field on the other side of the road. From here, you join the same finish route as the 50km runners, to finish back down the road from Last Chance. Yes, that means you do get to climb Lucky yet again...Lucky you!