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The Half Marathon course will begin in the grassy area between Shelter #1 and the road. Athletes will make a sharp right just passed the volleyball net, run pass the shelters, and turn LEFT onto Big Loop Trail.
Once on Big Loop Trail, athletes will run 1.2 miles and make a LEFT to stay on Big Loop Trail headed towards the Greenway. The first .1 has a slight elevation gain, but then it’s all downhill to the greenway! The trail is wide and not very technical.
At the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway, athletes will turn RIGHT and proceed to Owls Roost Trail…….at aid station #1 (mile 1.7).
Athletes will turn LEFT onto Owls Roost Trail – a traditional single-track mountain bike trail with lots of roots and short, steep climbs.
At the end of Owls Roost (mile 5.2), athletes will turn LEFT back onto the Greenway for a short .6 miles.
Then athletes turn LEFT onto Nat Greene Trail (mile 5.8 – aid station #2) – a wooded, mostly flat trail that is one of the oldest, and most popular, of the City’s watershed trails. One highlight is a 200-ft boardwalk that allows runners to traverse mud flats and bogs where Horse Pen Creek feeds into Lake Brandt.
At the other end of Nat Greene (mile 8.5), runners will turn LEFT onto Lake Brandt Road. The road will be open to traffic…so watch for cars, stay on the left side, and cross the bridge carefully!
After safely running .4 miles on Lake Brandt, athletes will turn LEFT onto Piedmont Trail (mile 8.9 - aid station #3 – PORT-O-JOHN) – a nice, wooded, mostly flat trail with a few boardwalks and roots, but mostly pine needles.
At mile 11.5 (aid station #4) runners will exit Piedmont and turn LEFT onto the Greenway and proceed back to Big Loop Trail.
Back at Big Loop Trail, athletes will turn RIGHT onto the trail and stay LEFT at the split. And, of course, since the the other side of Big Loop was downhill, you know this section has tobe…..UPHILL! You’re welcome! But it’s just the last ¼ mile….so WHOOO’s complaining?!