The course begins and ends in Farmville Virginia. Runners will begin the race at the High Bridge Trail access in downtown Farmville. Runners will exit Farmville and head East. They will travel 8.2 miles to Rice where they will turn around and travel back to Farmville. When they return to Farmville they are slightly over halfway (about 16.4 miles). In Farmville, they will have access to an aid station, restrooms and any gear they have left. Runners will exit Farmville and travel West towards Tuggle. The section to Tuggle is 5.7 miles. There will be another aid station at Tuggle. They will leave Tuggle and continue West for another 1.75 miles until they reach the turnaround point. At this point, they will return to the Tuggle Aid Station. They will then run the 5.7 mile section back to Farmville. That means the course consists of two separate out and backs.
The trail is easy to follow. It is 10 foot wide, white and filled with crushed white gravel. There will be no course marking aside from the course. If you go off of the white crushed gravel, that’s on you.
There will be three manned aid stations. One will be at the start/finish line in Downtown Farmville. Go to the red caboose in downtown Farmville. This aid station has bathrooms, access to your vehicle and a full aid station. This aid station will have all of your typical stuff like oranges, bananas, cookies and candies. It will also have water, pop and Heed. This station will also serve pizza beginning when runners return from their first leg.
The second aid station will be at the turnaround in Rice. This aid station will have slightly less than the Farmville aid station as it is in a location that is a little bit more rustic. It will have basic snacks, water, pop and Heed.
The third aid station will be at Tuggle. Runners will pass this aid station twice, at miles 22.1 and 25.6. This aid station will be similar to the Rice aid station in that it will serve slightly less food than the main aid station in Farmville.
There will be a water only station at Camp Paradise (approx 5.5 miles from Farmville).
Runners will return to the starting point at mile 16.4. Due to logistics, there will be no drop bags at Rice. Drop Bags will be available at Tuggle. However drop bags may not come back to the starting point until the last runner has left Tuggle. Crews can access their runners at Rice and Tuggle.
Pacers are allowed at the Race Directors discretion. Pacers may begin at Farmville (Mile 16.4) or Tuggle (Mile 22.1). Crews can access their runners at the Rice and Tuggle turnaround points. Crews can also access their runners at River Road (there is parking available there) and at Camp Paradise (ample parking there). Camp Paradise is not on current maps/internet. To reach Camp Paradise, follow 460 to Route 601 (Aspen Hill Road). Turn onto 601 and follow it to the trail. Continue on past 601 past the Trail for approximately another mile. Turn left into the entrance for Camp Paradise.
There are plenty of restrooms. Restrooms are located at the starting point and at Rice. Restrooms are also located on the course at River Road and Camp Paradise.
This race has a 9.5 hour time limit. Runners not making it back to Farmville (halfway point) by 10 will be pulled off the course when they return to Farmville. The race starts at 5pm. That means you need to finish by 2:30am. The following will be the cutoffs for the aid stations:
Rice: Leave Rice (Mile 8.2) towards Farmville by 7:30
Farmville: Leave Farmville (Mile 16.4) towards Tuggle by 10
Tuggle: Leave Tuggle towards Farmville by 12:45am
Packet Pick-up will begin at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Packet pick-up takes place at the Caboose on High Bridge Trail in downtown Farmville. There will be no packet pick-up the day before. The race begins promptly at 5pm.
Runners should run with some sort of reflective clothing on at all times. Runners leaving Farmville at the halfway point must carry some form of light. If you feel like your pace may be such that you require a light before you get back to Farmville you should carry it with you from the start. There will be no drop bags at Rice! Runners will check in with race staff at Rice, Tuggle and Farmville.
Participants should park in Farmville Municipal Parking lots. There is some parking next to the caboose in Farmville (approx 20 spaces). This is located on the corner of Depot and Main Street across from the Outdoor Adventure Store. People using GPS may type in 318 North Main Street Farmville Va. 23901 (The Outdoor Adventure Store) to get to the park. Once the lot by the caboose is full, participants should locate the other free municipal lots around town. There are numerous lots located within 2-3 blocks of the starting line. It is highly recommended that participants avoid parking at the meters on the street.