Starting Location: Lost Valley Hiking Trail, Lost Valley Trail, Defiance, MO 63341
Parking: Coming from highway 40/64 you will take hwy 94 South roughly 6 miles or so and the parking lot will be on your right, just after you go by a police training center. It's a gravel lot.
This will be another one where the 10K course will be mostly different from the 13.1/50K course. Everyone will run together for roughly 3/4 of a mile together before splitting (I plan to be there to make sure folks go the correct way).
Those in the 10K course to get the 5 miles it will simply be an out and back run which will also get you more time on single track trail as opposed to mostly on the gravel fire road. Once you turn RIGHT away from the rest of the group, follow the single track trail for over a mile till you come to a creek crossing, the 2mi mark should be after you cross this a little way....keep following the path and eventually you come out of the woods into a little bit of a clearing with some power lines....the trail will veer to the left and continue along that till you come to where a bunch of PINK flagging will be to mark your turn around spot. Turn back and head back the same way you came.
Those in the 13.1/50K groups, keep STRAIGHT when the 10K group breaks away and then you will turn LEFT shortly after that onto some single track trail. Follow this for roughly a mile or so and when it comes back out to a gravel path stay to your RIGHT. Less than a mile of this and it will then put you back on some single track trail as you begin to ascend a hill. Follow the trail for the next several miles till it spits you back out on the old gravel fire road - turn RIGHT and now you begin a long steady descent back down to the cars, this is roughly 2 miles left to go, all down hill and flat. You will have ORANGE flagging in some spots, but this trail is very straight forward and you will see trail marking signs along the way.