For 2018, we are anticipating returning to Lower Macleay Park for the start/finish and using the original route, if the Maple trail bridge replacement is complete. We will update this page with the route and details when the permit is approved. If the trails from Lower Macleay and along Maple are not reopened, we will continue with the 2016 course as described below.
Get ready for a course that will show you the true beauty of the diversity of the trails in Forest Park! A course that was developed by runners who have spent many hours finding the secrets of the park. There is 4,915′ of gain.
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- Start on Leif Erikson and climb up Wild Cherry Trail up to Wildwood.
- Turn left onto Wildwood for a couple of miles before taking a right and climbing up Holman Lane.
- Head back down on Birch and take a left back onto Wildwood.
- Go left up to the top of Wild Cherry and then back down Dogwood, rejoining Wildwood.
- From there you stick to Wildwood for a almost three miles to reach Firelane 1, and aid station 1.
- You will plunge down Firelane 1 to Leif Erikson Dr.
- Turn left onto Leif Erikson and enjoy a relative flat section before taking a left and winding your way up Nature Trail to reconnect with Firelane 1 (and aid station 2).
- After heading west/right on Wildwood, runners will turn right on Maple Trail, enjoying a beautiful, lesser traveled section to eventually reconnect with Leif Erikson after a bridge-out detour on Koenig and Firelane 4.
- Then it’s right on Leif Erikson to the Wiregate Trail where there is a water-only aid stop, then back up to the Wildwood Trail and a left on the Trillium Trail. You are half-way there!
- You will then enjoy the wilder Firelane 7/Oil Line downhill to reconnect with and turn right Wildwood.
- You’ll stay on Wildwood until you get to Firelane 5, where you’ll go right and head uphill to the top, and and the fourth aid station.
- Then its time to cruise down Saltzman Road for over a mile before turning right on to Wildwood Trail for five rolling miles to the last aid station at the intersection of Firelane 1.
- From here, it is on Wildwood with a right to go up Dogwood (save some in the tank for this uphill, it’ll surprise you) and reconnect with Wild Cherry where you’ll run down to Leif Erikson and the finish line.
Aid Stations/Drop Bags
There are five well-stocked aid stations and you can count on GU gels, electrolyte drink, PB&J, bananas, chips, M&Ms, gummy bears, water, and other ultra-fare. You are welcome to carry your own aid.
There are no drop bags.
Go Beyond Racing is cupless. You’ll need to bring your own cup for liquid aid at all aid stations. You can refill bladders and bottles too. Read more about what it means to be cupless.
There is a cutoff at the 4th aid station (mile 21.4). All racers must leave this aid station by 1:30 pm. Runners who do not make this cutoff will wait with the volunteers to break down the aid station and get a ride back to the start/finish.