You are here

Lord Hill-Details-Mini Nav

The 10k and Half Marathon courses share the same route to start with. After a few hundred meters of flat running, the route climbs steeply through about the first mile, at which point it drops again before climbing more moderately. At 3.8 km, there is a junction where the 10k runners continue straight to the aid station at 5.06 km. Half Marathon runners turn sharply left at this junction and run an additional 2-mile lollipop loop (an out-and-back section on West View Trail with a hilly, nearly mile-long loop at the end), before rejoining the 10k loop and continuing to the aid station at 8.27 km.

The aid station is at the end of a 1/3 mile out-and-back along a fairly wide trail, and after this out-and-back, the 10k course returns to the pipeline trail and then fairly directly back to the finish, except for two side trips to pick up some nice, smaller forest trails. The course drops sharply over the final 1.2 km, including nearly 400 feet of elevation loss.

The Half Marathon course shares most of the 10k route, except with a single added trip around the West View Trail lollipop loop, a side trip around the Temple Pond Loop that splits from the 10k route 1.7 km after the aid station, and with another loop of the Northern part of the course, including the aid station and the Temple Pond Loop. After the second time around the Temple Pond Loop, the Half Marathon course returns to the finish along the same route as the 10k.

There are three trail junctions where the 10k and Half Marathon courses go different ways, and these will be clearly indicated.

Aid station

There will be one aid station. It will be visited by the 10k runners 5 km into their course. The Half Marathon runners will visit the aid station twice, at the 8.27 km and 15.29 km points of their course.

The aid station will have at least water and some sort of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pieces of bagel, fig bars, cookies, fruity candy, and/or bananas. There will likely be a few choices of these foods, along with Vitalyte electrolyte replacement drink.

Safety and Trail Etiquette

The trails will be open to other users during the event, including pedestrians, mountain bikers and equestrians (horseback riders). Please be courteous. Horses have the right of way, and if you encounter a horse in your path, stop running and talk to the rider; you will probably need to step to the side of the trail to let the horse past, but sometimes the rider will tell you it is okay to walk past. It is unlikely that there will be much trail traffic, but if the weather is nice, you will almost certainly encounter some others.

In places, the trails have sharp turns, bumps (rocks or tree roots), and holes, and it pays to pay attention to where you put your feet in such sections. However, none of the trails are treacherous or demand any special skills or experience to navigate them. Anyone who is fit enough to hike or run the distance should be able to get through the course fine with a bit of care.

At about 1.2 km (3/4 miles) into the run, there is a creek crossing that requires taking a few steps on rocks and logs. They could be slippery if they are wet, and we recommend slowing to a walk and taking extra care at this point. This will be after most of the initial steep climb, so you may feel like walking, anyway. (It is unlikely that you will get your feet wet here, since the rocks and logs are covering up the trickle of water underneath.)

Participants are responsible for their own safety while participating, and the organizers are neither qualified nor equipped to render medical care in the event of a serious injury. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. You are encouraged to bring a cell phone with you as a safety precaution, if you wish.

Where the trails are narrow, please let other participants pass you if they want to get by. It is a passing runner's job to tell the person in front that they wish to pass.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer