Starting Location: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., Ballwin, MO
Parking Instructions: Meet at the parking lot next to the playground. We will start the run at 7:15am (park gates open @ 7:00). Additional parking can be found in nearby lots a short distance away.
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Everyone starts off running the 1st loop together, which is primarily the Grotpeter Trail (blue trail markings). From the start, simply head out along the road back over the creek and then off to your right to join the trail into the woods. The first mile is roughly a gradual incline with the mile marker being near a big 4-way intersection (trails #5 and #4 are both off on the left while we stay to the far right on Grotpeter with the Blue markings). On the map below you will then be on what is referred to as the "Roller Coaster Trail" for awhile before rejoining the Grotpeter - be sure to make the RIGHT turn at the intersection that has the Office Connector sign....we are not going down that way...stay on the trails marked with BLUE signs. This takes you out to the road crossing up on Ries, head over and simply make every LEFT turn you can on the trail all the way back down to the next road crossing at Keifer Creek. After you cross the 2nd road, you will make the RIGHT turn to head towards the wonderful creek crossing, and then once past that turn LEFT on the trail to follow the Lone Wolf Trail back to the parking lot for the final half mile. SHORT course is finished after this. Loop is ~4 miles.
Medium and long course runners will head out for loop 2 by heading further into the park towards the train tracks. Go under the bridge, and then hop on the trails to your RIGHT...you will stay to your right for a short period till you come to a "T" intersection that will have PINK and ORANGE ribbons....turn LEFT here and it spits you out into the wide open grass field. From here simply stay STRAIGHT as you cross the field and back into the woods, follow the path all the way around as it leads you by the beach area and briefly on a paved trail before getting back on to the dirt path. The trail will spit you back out on the main road by the train tracks where you will turn RIGHT to head back to the parking lot for the final 1/4 mile or so. MEDIUM course is finished after this. Loop is ~2 miles (~6 miles total).
Long course runners have one final loop and you will head out along the road back over the creek crossing and then on the trails to your LEFT which is the other end of Grotpeter. If you recall from the first time we ran Castlewood in the program you will be running the exact same as that 1st loop then only in reverse.....so follow the Grotpeter path as it passes the park Office and then turn LEFT when you can to enter the creek crossing for the 2nd time today. Once you cross the creek and get back on the trail keep to your RIGHT at all times as it will eventually take you up about a 1/2 mile incline. Once you get to the top of the main bluff trails, make the sharp RIGHT to continue along with the bluff edge to your left. We will come to the wooden stairs only this time you will go down them. At the bottom pass through the tunnel under the train tracks and turn LEFT. Follow this back to the spot where you saw the PINK and ORANGE ribbons from loop 2 and turn RIGHT to enter into the wide open grass field. Now you will finish the exact same way you did that 2nd loop. LONG course is done after this loop. Loop is ~4 miles (~10 miles total).