The Skippo course is awesome and here are handy turn-by-turn directions to take with you on a test run. The directions are two pages (give it a second to load) and include the written turns along with a corresponding map.
The 10k, 20k and 30k all begin on Kiefer Creek Rd. at the second pavilion by the railroad underpass. Continue on the road toward the river.
Take a left onto the paved path along the river. It turns into a dirt path which you stay on past the one mile mark until you eventually come to the big open field.
As you enter the field, run straight across and through a water station. Then, upon entering the woods, you will turn left and run along the railroad tracks. You will remain on this trail past the second mile where you will eventually reach a tunnel on your right.
Go through the tunnel and you hit the stairs! 200 of them ready for your climbing pleasure!!
When you finally reach the top of the stairs you will head down the Lone Wolf trail which will take you past 3 miles and to the creek crossing made famous on the Castlewood Cup Course.
You then head up Grotpeter West, past 4 miles and cross Ries Rd. You then take the old Grotpeter Trail which shoots you downhill on some nice swithback trails all the way past 5 miles and eventually spits you back out near Kiefer Creek Rd.
You’ll hit 6 miles on the grass parallel to the road and have just 0.2 miles to go to finish up the loop near pavilion number two. Those doing the 20k and 30k will just continue on the road and begin the loop again.
View some great course photos HERE.
We will be hosting an informal course preview the week before the race on Sunday, October 30th at 8:00 am. This is for athletes who want to give the route a test run before the big day. The preview run will have several pace runners to help guide and provide directions along the official route, but everyone that participants is doing so at their own risk. One lap will be run, but you’re welcome to stay after to continue on with a second or third loop. The preview run will start at Shelter 2 inside the park. Be sure to bring your water bottle and some snacks for yourself!
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A course cutoff time of 4 hours and 30 minutes will be enforced. All 30K participants must have started their 3rd loop by 2 hours and 50 minutes starting from the last wave. Any participant that has not started their last loop by that time will be directed through the finish line and automatically moved to the 20K. Course support and volunteers will also be released from their posts at that time.