This rugged course on Dorset's Mount Aeolus takes you through hardwood forests and past historic marble quarries. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter!
Starting down low at Town Hall in East Dorset, you'll get a rolling prelude to the climbs ahead. Historic orchards and stands of sugar maple line this part of the course. The course then transitions to steeper class 4 roads and trails on Mount Aeolus after a beautiful 5k singletrack section through old pine plantations above Emerald Lake. All distances are a single loop-type format, and will end back in town where they started.
This is NOT a flat race! The half marathon has approximately 2,400' of climbing and the 50k has approximately 4,500'.
Due to the land ownership considerations, there will not be a course map available before the race. Rough outlines and Aid Station locations will be available, along with crew/spectator access directions. The course will be very well-marked.
There is a ~2 mile highway section positioned several miles into the course; all distances will cover the highway stretch. There is ample shoulder and good visibility, however it is the runner's responsibility to ensure they are safe on the road. This includes bright or reflective clothing, etc. There will be volunteers, flagging, and marking on the road sections of the course, but traffic will not be stopped on this segment. You will also cross an active set of railroad tracks... twice! While it's unlikely any trains will be present, be prepared to wait a couple of minutes.
Be prepared for mountain weather and changing conditions. As we say in Vermont, if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes!!
The CUTOFF time for all distances will be 4 PM. This gives half marathoners 7 hours, making it a great event for walkers!
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