The race is run entirely on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail which is a converted railroad bed and provides solid footing with little or no roots. This trail is flat, smooth, and fast with a variety of surfaces ranging from dirt, gravel, grass, and pine needles.
The course is an out and back that starts toward the eastern end of the trail and heads west for 15.5 miles before turning back. The volunteers from Friends of the Dahlgren Trail do an excellent job of ensuring that the trail is in peak shape for the race!
The trees along the trail ensure almost 100% shade during the run.
Converted railroad bed. 99.8% dirt, grass, pine needles, crushed stone, small gravel
The race is an out and back
Fairly flat with some gradual inclines and declines. Thankfully trains don’t like steep hills.
There is an 8-hour time limit to finish the race.
Crew assistance is limited to aid station locations. All other on-course support is prohibited.