50M/50K/26.2 Course Description

GOT LEGS AND KNOWS HOW TO USE ‘EM

Think PINK!

50M/50K/26.2 courses are marked in PINK throughout.

Aid Station Types

  • Major – First aid, Fluids. Full variety of food & gels. Well staffed.
  • Minor – First aid, Fluids. Limited variety of nutrition. Light staff.
  • Micro – Fluids, self-service as no staff, just critters.

Leg Details  

  • On the maps, you'll see a bunch of skinny blue lines; these are cross-trails, also known as: places to get off-course. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE COURSE MARKINGS AND SIGNAGE, you'll enjoy the run more if you follow the course...  
  • Leg Maps (below) include a description of what you'll be running on as you navigate between Aid Stations
  • The course is segmented into "legs." Each leg starts and ends at an Aid Station.

50M/50K/26.2 - The Journey Begins...

I’ve Been Slimed! - 3.8 Miles
50/50
#1

26.2
#1
Mike's Dance Barn
to Playground

Major Aid View Print

“Can’t stop the slime, people, lookit me go” -Frank Zappa.

South down dirt road to Shipley’s Cut-Thru. Watch out for dogs. Please, no beef jerky in your shorts. Super soupy slime climb, 1.9 miles. Left-E on Ten O’clock Line (horse trail G). Fairly flat and fast 2-track to the campground. 3.8 miles.

Goat Note: “Be very aware as it is no fun getting lost early. Wait until later.”

Dog Drool: “Yuck until top o’ the hill then smooth sailing into Playground Aid.”

Goin’ Down - 5.0 Miles
50/50
#2
26.2 N/A Playground
to Hoosier's Nest
Minor Aid View Print
“Well I'm going down - Down, down, down, down, down. I'm going down - Down, down, down, down, down.
I've got my head out the window, and my big feet on the ground” -Freddie King
Right-East from aid station. A short run on the paved campground road, .27 mile to the Dogwood campsites. Left-North through the Dogwood campsites, through gate and onto 2-track.  At .57, a hard Right- N to cross over to Trail 9 at a big sign pointing to Ogle Lake. Another hard Right-NE onto Trail 9 and get ready to fly.  Goin down crossing a small stream, a couple of wicked hills and more goin down, down to the Ogle Lake dam.  Across the dam, ultra turns Right-East on Trail 7, north along the lake. (Marathon turns left-West toward restrooms.) Good series of trails all the way to Hoosier’s Nest.
Dog drool: “Fast blast. Let the legs loose.”
Hesitation Blues - 2.0 Miles
50/50
#3
26.2
N/A
Hoosier's Nest
to Hesitation Point

Major Aid
Drop Bag #1
Light Drop

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“Well the hesitation stalker’s got them hesitation shoes. You know lord, I got them hesitation blues. Tell me how long I have to wait. Must I hesitate?” -Hot Tuna
Technical, extreme mountain bike trail with lots of tricky descents, slippery rocks and hesitation switchbacks.  Foot focus is at a premium as root, rock and roll is being played loudly by the dirt gods. Ultra and Marathon converge just before crossing road over to Hesitation Point. Take in the magnificent view.  Hesitate and hydrate but don’t procrastinate or regurgitate.
Dog Drool: “Controlled and focused pace, no ear buds, no distractions, good shoes and you will stay upright. Find the right balance between reckless and hesitation or you will sing the blues.”
Uppers & Downers - 3.0 Miles
50/50
#4
26.2
#3

Hesitation Point
to Aynes House

Micro Aid View

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“Uppers and downers is bad for you, ain't like drinking wine. Uppers and downers put the whammy on you, get you every time.” -Aliotta, Haynes, Jeremiah
Solid bike trails with a few knee bucklers and other wicked elements. High focus needed to manage the zillion bends and downers. The upper to Aynes house is so intense it may send you to rehab.
Dog Drool: “Likely a PW (personal worst) 5k for all.”
The Watchtower - 4.0 miles
50/50
#5
26.2
#4
Aynes House
to North Tower
Minor Aid View Print
There must be some kind of way out of here, Said the joker to the thief. There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief”- Bob Dylan
Difficulty is all in your attitude: A - Solid mountain bike trails with exceptional views or B- Feels like there is no way out and no relief. Contains Relay connections and departures in different colors along the course that can be confusing. The pink ribbon is the way out of here to the north watchtower. Minimal parking.
“No reason to get excited. This is not our fate.”
Devil’s Daughter – 3.2 miles
50/50
#6
26.2
#5
North Tower
to Fire Tower
Major Aid
Drop Bag #2
View Print
“High black water, a devil’s daughter. She’s hard, she’s cold and she’s mean.”-Band of Heathens
Relay starts a bit earlier and merges at the aid station. Definitely hard, cold hearted and mean. Plus wet in places and with very tough climbs. No shortcuts this year. Don’t disturb the romantics like the head goat did. Take it as a personal challenge to warm up the Devil’s Daughter. Our bet is she will break you!
Dog Drool: “Persevere, get in touch with you inner soul”.
Stairway to Heaven – 4.4 miles
50/50 #7 26.2 #6 Fire Tower to Playground via Nature Center Major Aid Decision Point View Print
“There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving.  In my thoughts I have seen, rings of smoke through the trees and the voices of those who stand looking.” -Led Zeppelin
Extreme focus leaving the aid station is needed. Serious descents, horse pucky, poor footing, bushwhacking.  and quad quivering hills.
Take the Stairway to Heaven to the Nature Center where “a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter." Nature Center is Relay exchange point and excellent Handler site.
Continue on the nice easy road 1.25 miles back to the Playground Aid Station. Les friser l'indécision provides an excellent opportunity to reflect, have a beer & a smoke and access your health.


Playground is the Ultra Decision Point
“To be a rock and not to roll” -Led Zeppelin

  • DECISION POINT – 50M/50K split - Playground Aid Station
  • First Loop is done! 25.6 miles
  • 50K departs left/South & heads to Finish
  • 50M departs straight/West on campground road to fabulous trails.
  • Optional Event Switch
    • Inform the volunteers if you feel it's in your best interest to switch one Ultra passport to the other (50M to 50K.)
  • Mandatory Event Switch
    • 50 Mile Passport expires at 12:30 p.m.
    • Arrivals after 12:30 are switched to 50K.
    • The 50Mile course unmarking begins at 12:30 p.m., better stay in front of us.
  • If you switch, you will get a 50K finish but not be eligible for awards (because of the different 50K start time.)

 

50K/Marathon: Playground to Finish

Recovery – 2.5 miles
50K
#8
26.2
#7
Playground
to Nose Bleed
Minor Aid View Print
“I'm about to lose my mind, you’ve been gone for so long. I’m running out of time. I need a doctor. Call me a doctor. I need a doctor, doctor to bring me back to life,”- Eminem.
Pulls out early 50k runners say goodbye to the 50 mile endurance athletes in the playground. Good recovery section that may bring your legs back to life. Fairly flat two-track and easy but crusty horse trail.  Passes Section 1 Slime top intersection heading west on Ten O’clock Line (horse trail G).
Dog Drool: “Take advantage of the recovery, you will need the energy soon!”
Quaff On – 2.8 miles
50K
#9
26.2
#8
Nose Bleed
to THE FINISH!
Party View Print
“Now there's nothing left to say. So let's go drink a beer.” - Psychostick.
Goat Note: Congratulations, you are one tough customer. You’ve earned a Big Woods brew or 2!

 

50M: Loop 2 - The Rest of the Story

Sweet Surrender – 4.5 miles
50M
#8
Playground
to Hesitation Point
Major Aid
Drop Bag #3
View Print
“I’ve crossed the last line, from where I can’t return. Where every step I took in faith betrayed me and led me from my home. Sweet Surrender, is all that I can give.” Sarah McLachlan
Your reward for crossing that line and surrendering to the long run is the nicest trail in Indiana. We will see if it betrays you. West about ½ mile along the park road, past the rest rooms and onto trail 9. A bit later stay right on the shortcut and 1/3 mile stay right again at the merger. Great trails including the whoop-de-whoo downhills to Ogle Lake and extended climbs to Hesitation Point. After crossing Ogle Lake dam, turn Left-West toward restrooms and onto Trail 8, up to Hesitation Point.
Dog drool: “Too late to change your mind. Go for it.”
Uppers & Downers Relapse - 3.0 Miles
50M
#9

Hesitation Point
to Aynes House

Micro Aid View

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“They tried to make me go to Rehab,  I said No, no, no"  -Amy Winehouse
Uh, oh Relapse better get back to rehab. Hills are higher and the downers longer since you were here earlier.
Dog Drool: “Earlier PW (personal worst) will seem fast now.”
The Watchtower - 4.0 miles
50M
#10
Aynes House
to North Tower
Minor Aid View Print
There must be some kind of way out of here, Said the joker to the thief. There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief”- Bob Dylan
Difficulty is all in your attitude: A - Solid mountain bike trails with exceptional views or B- Feels like there is no way out and no relief. Contains Relay connections and departures in different colors along the course that can be confusing. The pink ribbon is the way out of here to the north watchtower. Minimal parking.
“No reason to get excited. This is not our fate.”
Devil’s Daughter – 3.4 miles
50M
#11
North Tower
to Fire Tower
Major Aid
Drop Bag #4
View Print
“High black water, a devil’s daughter. She’s hard, she’s cold and she’s mean.”-Band of Heathens
Relay starts a bit earlier and merges at the aid station. Definitely hard, cold hearted and mean. Plus wet in places and with very tough climbs. No shortcuts this year. Don’t disturb the romantics like the head goat did. Take it as a personal challenge to warm up the Devil’s Daughter. Our bet is she will break you!
Dog Drool: “Persevere, get in touch with you inner soul”.
Stairway to Heaven – 4.4 miles
50M #12 Fire Tower
to Playground
via Nature Center
Major Aid  View Print
“There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving.  In my thoughts I have seen, rings of smoke through the trees and the voices of those who stand looking.” -Led Zeppelin
Extreme focus leaving the aid station is needed. Serious descents, horse pucky, poor footing, bushwhacking.  and quad quivering hills.
Take the Stairway to Heaven to the Nature Center where “a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter." Nature Center is Relay exchange point and excellent Handler site.
Continue on the nice easy road 1.25 miles back to the Playground Aid Station. Les friser l'indécision provides an excellent opportunity to reflect, have a beer & a smoke and access your health.

Decision Point Revisited – 50M/50K split - Playground Aid Station

  • Second Loop is done! 44.9 miles
  • 50M departs left/South & heads to Finish
  • Pull Out due to Time (Just like in college)
    Based on 13 hour maximum finish time, the cut off time here is 6:15 p.m. Can you make 5.3 miles in an hour?

 

50M: Playground to Finish

Recovery – 2.5 miles
50M
#13
Playground
to Nose Bleed
Minor Aid View Print
“I'm about to lose my mind, you’ve been gone for so long. I’m running out of time. I need a doctor. Call me a doctor. I need a doctor, doctor to bring me back to life,”- Eminem.
Pulls out early 50k runners say goodbye to the 50 mile endurance athletes in the playground. Good recovery section that may bring your legs back to life. Fairly flat two-track and easy but crusty horse trail.  Passes Section 1 Slime top intersection heading west on Ten O’clock Line (horse trail G).
Dog Drool: “Take advantage of the recovery, you will need the energy
Quaff On – 2.8 miles
50M
#14
Nose Bleed
to THE FINISH!
Party View Print
“Now there's nothing left to say. So let's go drink a beer.” - Psychostick.
Goat Note: Congratulations, you are one tough customer. You’ve earned a Big Woods brew or 2!