This race is all within Long Hunter State Park, a few miles outside the Nashville city limits. All race distances circumnavigate Couchville Lake, go out and back on the Bryant Grove trail and do the Inland trail with its cliff trail loop. The marathon and 50k courses also go out to do different lengths of the Jones Mill trail, with the 50k doing the full trail loop in that area of the park. We start and finish in a beautiful, wide-open field that often has deer and turkeys strolling through. On a side note, this is our home trail! Emily and I (Scott) live four miles from the park and go here all the time. We’re really happy we get to showcase this area to people. It’s beautiful and makes for a pretty fast, flat race.
The course is a mix of trail and paved trail/asphalt. The 2-mile trail that goes around Couchville Lake is a paved, greenway type trail. The only other non-dirt areas are the roads connecting the other trails together. You could be fine with road shoes if it doesn’t rain right before the race.