Here's how we keep you from running extra miles!
(a.k.a. established/often-used trails)
“Confidence” flags are placed every tenth of a mile on well-used trails. (“Yes, you’re still on the course.”)
If you've been running for a half-mile (about ~5 minutes or so) without seeing any flags, you've gone the wrong way! Go back to where you got off-course!
Multiple flags before a turn on the side in which you turn.
Please pay attention to the signs; they are necessary to keep you on-course. These are examples of what you might see in the woods.
Going Straight past a turn/intersection
Turns in an open or confusing area
Sometimes we need to use a bit of trail in both directions. This is sometimes tricky, so you'll have to pay attention.
There'll be flags on both sides of the trail!!! Yikes!
In this example:
"Westbound" runners" are headed away from you, making a left turn as they head west; they'll have flags on their left as they approach the turn then flags on their right after the turn.
OFF TRAIL portions are marked with ribbon (and stick flags in open areas.)
Turns are indicated with double ribbons; ribbons will be tied on the side you’re to turn.
You’ll be able to see the next ribbon from the last one.
|As you approach an off-trail section...
|As you enter an off-trail section...
|While you're in an off-trail section...
|A couple of guys in the woods...
|Head Goat marking some off-trail through “cypress knees” at 2009 Dances with Dirt – Florida. We held it that year in February; it was cold in the morning. The race is now in March and it’s been warm…
|Swamp Dog (front) and Head Goat exiting This Sucks leg at 2013 Dances with Dirt – Hell. Occasionally clowns remove our markings but we check known trouble areas before the runners arrive and fix any problems.
|John Wherley pickin' flags after 2014 DWD Florida. It takes 4 days (Randy, Ted, Rich, Gary) to mark the Florida course and about 1 day (lots of people) to take it down...