The course will primarily travel the Tuscarora Trail, with use of many side trails (including Standing Stone and Link Trails) to make sure there is enough elevation gain. A few intersecting trails will be marked, but you will need to know how to follow a turn sheet (and read a map). There are some rocky sections on the Tuscarora, but much of the trail will be runnable. Most notable will be the absence of switchbacks to get up or down Cove Mountain.

The course was shortened in 2011 (bringing it closer to an honest 50K) but the elevation gain and loss remained approximately the same as the original course.  It has been run the same way, south loop first, north loop second, since 2011.

The course will be marked, but participants will need to carry a turn sheet and map. Aid will be provided at five to six stations on the course. A pavilion has been rented for the start/finish. Individual campsites can be reserved at Cowan's Gap.  Make your reservations early, as the campsites have historically sold out prior to race weekend! Please plan on sticking around after the race to celebrate your achievement with a great barbeque.

Upcoming Races

May 24 2020
50 KM
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts


50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
05/26/19 35 5:47:00 6:59:00
05/27/18 43 5:52:00 7:38:00
05/28/17 37 5:39 6:16
05/29/16 36 5:22:00 6:29:00
04/19/15 33 5:17:00 7:00:00
04/19/14 25 5:34:00 7:09:00
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.

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