Relay Course Description


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, SO DON'T DO IT!!! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE COURSE MARKINGS AND SIGNAGE, you may 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 exchanges.
  • The course is segmented into "legs." Each leg starts and ends at an exchange.

#01 - The Plunge - 3.1 miles - YELLOW
Mike’s Barn Loop #1 +600/-600
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Stampede road and prairie run before a 200’ rise in terrain. That should get the heart pumping. A bit of minimalist trail followed by a nice ridge trail with scenic vistas. Sudden plunge down a blue square (intermediate) ski slope then some tough off-trail.  Wham, “The Plunge”, a double black diamond expert run, straight down. Then the other kind of plunge into the river, across the flats and a little more river running. “I’m tired just from describing it.”

#02 -  Graveyard - 2.6 miles - BLUE
Mike’s Barn Loop #2
+470/-470 View Print
Why did the duck go in the river? To get to the other side of the road. Be the duck. Go jump in the river! Then crawl under the highway. No road-kill this way. Climb up onto the gravel road and play hooky from the graveyard. Go past it and down the hill before turning right into the whack. Wander a bit, horse trail a bit, whack a bit and back to the gravel road. Jump in the river again and back. Teammates will appreciate you bathing. Need new shoes, we can help (shameless plug)!

#03 - Slimed/Goin' Down - 5.2 miles – PINK
Mike's Barn to Ogle Lake +980/-860 View Print

3A:  I’ve Been Slimed! – 3.8 miles – Mike’s Barn to Playground
“Cant stop the slime, people, lookit me go” Frank Zappa.
South down the road to Shipley’s Cut-Thru. Watch out for dogs. Please, no beef jerky in your shorts.
Super soupy slime climb to the Ten O’clock Line (horse trail G). 1.9 miles. Left-E on Ten O’clock Line (horse trail G). Fairly flat and fast 2-track all the way 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.”

3B:  Goin’ Down - 1.4 miles – Playground to Ogle Lake
“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” Jeff Beck
Leg 3B departure from the Playground: right on campground road, left at the Dogwood camp area, through the gat and onto the 2-Track. A couple of hard rights onto Trail 9 at the big sign pointing to Ogle Lake. Get ready to fly.  A great downhill run on perfect trail descending to a small river crossing. A couple of wicked hills and more goin down, down to the Ogle Lake dam.  Across the dam to the exchange 3-4, SW corner of parking.
Dog drool: “Fast blast. Let the legs loose.”

#04:  Ogle This, Bub! - 2.8 miles – BLUE
Ogle Lake Loop +560'/-560' View Print

 “Don’t give me no lines and keep your hands to yourself.” Georgia Satellites
Relay course diverges from Ultra and Marathon. Finally a fast and furious leg for the fresh and fabulous. Pleasant loop around the lake with mild hills and stairs. Keep the ogling to a minimum and your eye on the trail, lots of roots. 4-5 Exchange slightly N of 3-4 exchange along tree line.
Dog drool: “Dam, Bam, Slam, Damn”

#05:  Knobstone Escarpment - 3.6 miles – WHITE
Ogle Lake Loop +758'/-758' View Print

New loop! Up the stairs, head west towards West Tower but if you get there you've gone way too far this time! Head back down to Ogle Lake, watch for the turn down.
There's a short out & back at the start/finish of this leg; no head on collisions, please!
"If we blow a hole in the escarpment,The wild ones won't have anywhere to go."
 Sarah Harmer - Escarpment Blues

#06:  Doo Dah, Doo Dah (Camptown Races) – 3.5 miles – PINK
Ogle Lake to Hoosiers Nest
+970'/-650' View Print

“Going’ to run all night, goin’ to run all day, Oh de do-dah day.” Stephen Foster
Pleasant hiking trails with substantial but gradual climbs. Stairs, slippery flat rocks and roots to keep you on your toes. A bit tricky to follow in the middle.
Head Goat: “Good leg for the Billie Goat on the team to run as lots of uphill and sidehill.”

#07: Bad to the Bone – 5.2 miles – BLUE
Hoosier’s Nest Loop
+1075'/-1075' View Print

“I wanna be yours pretty baby, yours and yours alone. I'm here to tell ya honey, that I'm bad to the bone. B-B-B-B-Bad, B-B-B-B-Bad, B-B-B-B-Bad, Bad to the bone.” George Thorogood & the Destroyers
DWD Gnaw Bone Signature leg? Is it seductive or salacious? Is it beautiful or brutal? Is it daunting or dangerous? It is B-B-B-Bad to the Bone!
Like dating a bad boy, this sucker is not for the faint of heart. Back & forth, stop & drop, whips & dips. It commands your full attention. A portion of the “trail” is about a half-shoe wide on the side of mountain...  
Dog Drool: “Lean into the slop in the narrows, as there is nothing on the other side. It’s not the fall that will break your bones but the sudden stop at the bottom, which is B-B-B-B-Bad to the Bone. “

#08 -  Lookout – 5.9 miles – YELLOW
Hoosier’s Nest to North Gate
+850/-1300 View Print

There is somewhere some place in this world. I want to take you, look out, look out, look out ... Ahhh” Cheap Trick
Technical mountain bike trail with lots of tricky descents, slippery rocks and hesitation switchbacks. At 2 miles make sure you turn RIGHT!!! and pass by Ultra Hesitation Aid Station.

Look Out for cars as the course crosses paved roads!

Goat Note: “Beautiful vistas and cascades.”

#09: Stapes (“Short Bone”) – 2.8 miles – BLUE
North Gate Loop +400'/-400' View Print

A little longer than the .1 inch Stapes bone in your ear that allows you to hear the tunes. This baby's a walk in the park, an easy bike trail with moderate (considering we're in BCSP) ascent/descent. Lots of converging and diverging of other races.
Head Goat: “Looking for a wimpy leg? I hear this one may be it!”

#10:  Devil’s Daughter – 4.2 miles- WHITE
North Gate via North Tower to Fire Tower
+1010'/-640' View Print

“High black water, a devil’s daughter, She’s hard, she’s cold and she’s mean.” Band of Heathens.
Merges early with pink Ultra and Marathon at North Tower. Definitely hard, cold hearted and mean. Plus wet in places and with very tough climbs. No shortcuts this year. 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”.

#11: Lunch Meat – 2.3 miles – BLUE
Fire Tower Loop
+460'/-460' View Print

A loop from the Fire Tower/Park HQ that will leave your legs feeling like lunch meat!  Proper id of dead meat legs can be found at  
Keep your eyes open as plenty of conflicting corners. Do not disturb the romantics as the Head Goat did once.
Dog Drool: “Good tempo run with nice opportunity to go fast.”

#12: Stairway to Heaven – 3.1 miles – PINK
Fire Tower to Nature Center +630'/-680' 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
Serious descents, horse pucky, poor footing and bushwhacking. Wait we forgot something. Oh yeah, quad quivering, stumble down, resistance trails.  It would be nice if the trails would improve thereafter. They don’t, this bitch is not nice. The mucked up trail disintegrates into more bushwhacking and creek crossings.
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."  To be a rock and not to roll” Led Zeppelin

#13 - Heaven Loop – 2.8 miles – WHITE
Nature Center to Nature Center
+515/-515 View Print

“Don’t know where you’re goin', only know where you’ve been.” Led Zeppelin.

New Counter-clockwise loop out of Heaven/Nature Center!
Cut over to Buffalo Ridge campground and onto the smooth as a baby's buns, Buffalo Ridge Trail. Nice downhill and river crossing will be rewarded with one wicked climb.
Watch out for the 50 milers that might be on the trails, they might be hungry by now.
Nice road run east on the campground road will bring you back to Heaven.

#14 - Recovery/Rattlesnake Run - 6.1 miles – RED
Nature Center to Beer Near
(passes through Playground & Nosebleed Aid Stations)
+730/-1120 View Print

14A:  Recovery  – 1.3 miles – Nature Center 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
Nice, easy 1.3 miles on paved campground road that provides an excellent opportunity to reflect, have a beer & a smoke and access your health. At Playground Ultra Aid station turn hard left - south off the road and onto a decent 2-Track. Keep heading west across the horse trail toward Nosebleed ultra aid station.
Dog Drool: “Take advantage of the recovery, you will need the energy soon!”

14B:  Rattlesnake Run – 4.8 miles – Playground via the Plunge to Bear Near
“Shake, shake, shake it like a rattlesnake. Staying up late doing the Rattlesnake shake.” - Skid Row, cover Three 6 Mafia.
Although effective last year, we do not recommend hurdling snakes on the trail! Now that you are recovered, cut into the Ski Area (uh-oh) and shush down a double-black-diamond to the exchange at the bottom. Careful! If you roll down this evil hill you will need a doctor.  Remember to smile for the camera. “I need a doctor. Call me a doctor. I need a doctor.”

#15: Crack of Doom – 2.9 miles – WHITE
Beer Near to Dance Barn +570'/-570' View Print

“At the crack of doom, Evil vision fills my mind, chills you to the bone. Take the life force from your soul, Satan claims his throne.” Warbringer
Into the River! Hope it's not deep! Then crawl back to the top of “The Plunge” where your teammate just rolled down. Cross the summit, bushwhack a 1/4 mile into the woods down to the creek.
Crawl up the creek about 1/2 mile to THE CRACK OF DOOM log pile and cliff climb (This thing will piss you off!)
Finally hit a really nice horse trail (oxymoron) for a 1/2 mile - Watch For The Turn Off The Trail! - then flail down a blue square, intermediate ski slope. Cruise in the last 1/2 mile that may be wet but who cares now. Smell the barn? Or maybe that's the hog and  beer!
Dog Drool:” If you want your throne back, you will have to come to DWD –Hell to get it back!