GOT LEGS AND KNOWS HOW TO USE ‘EM
- On the maps, you'll see a bunch of skinny blue lines; these are cross-trails, also known as: places to get off-course/LOST. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE COURSE MARKINGS AND SIGNAGE, you'll enjoy the run more if you follow the course...
- The course is segmented into "legs." Each leg starts and ends at an Aid Station.
Half Marathon is marked BLUE throughout.
|Half-01: I’ve Been Slimed! – 3.8 miles|
|Mike’s Dance Barn to Playground|
|“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 aid station at the campground.|
|Dog Drool: “Yuck until top o’ the hill then fast, smooth sailing into the Playground.”|
|Goat Note: “Be very aware as it is no fun getting lost early. Wait until later.”|
|Half-02: Nashville Skyline – 3.6 miles NEW ROUTE 2018|
|Playground to Buffalo Campground.|
|“Cause I have been through the mire and confusion, I am free. As far as I can see is Nashville skyline. Underneath it all, you yourself are free” - Dishwalla|
|Leg 2 departure left/west from Playground on the campground road on paved road through Taylor Ridge campground to Trail 9 entrance (bathroom on left.) Straight-West on Trail 9. Relaxing downhill, stay straight at shortcut and merger. Fabulous trails with intense downhills, a stream crossing and uphill crushers.
Watch for hard right off Trail 9 onto Buffalo Pass. Do not continue on Green and Pink flag-marked Trail 9. Buffalo Pass is wide, smooth, gradual uphill to Buffalo campground. Rest rooms in campground.
|Dog drool: “Freedom sometimes comes with a cost.”|
|Half-03: Recovery – 1.7 miles NEW ROUTE 2018|
|Buffalo Camp to Playground|
|“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.|
|Good recovery section on paved, flat. Completes clockwise loop back to Playground Aid. Follow BLUE.|
|Dog Drool: “Take advantage of the recovery, you will need the energy soon!”|
|Half-04: Quaff On – 4.0 miles NEW ROUTE 2018|
|Playground to Mike’s Dance Barn|
|“Now there's nothing left to say. So let's go drink a beer.” - Psychostick.|
|Left-South from Playground. Flat 2-track and crusty horse trail. Down the Slime Hill, cross the field and wash off in the creek. Then to the finish at Mike's Dance Barn!|
|Dog Drool: "So, yeah, we've been trying to keep anybody from going back down the Slime for years with less complete success. So now this year, we want you to go that way? WTF!"|
|Goat Note: Congratulations, you are one tough customer. Grab a plate of Mike's fine grub!|