Starting Location: Fort Belle Fontaine, 13002 Bellefontaine Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138
Parking: Every vehicle will need to stop at the main entrance and check in with the guard on duty before entering the park (there is no cost, simply sign in and they will give you a card - know your license plate number as they will record that). The trail head parking lot is on your left just down from the guard post. There will be limited parking there - ideally we can double up cars if those running long pull in first and then those going shorter or who need to leave park behind them. This could create at least 2 rows if not 3. Other parking can be found further down the paved road scattered around the park all with in a 1/4 of a mile from where we will start, then just meet us at the trail head lot. Please allow time to check in with the guard!
Short course: ~3.8 miles (2 loops)
Medium course: ~6.7 miles (3 loops)
Long course: ~9.6 miles (4 loops)
Please reference the trail map posted below.
From the trail head parking lot, we will ALL go at the same time and run the first 3/4 of a mile to the base of the grand staircase where we will do the group photo. After the photo we will then head off by groups. The 1st loop is roughly 1.6 miles or so and will put you back at the starting point if you need anything. The 2nd loop is roughly 2.2 miles and will again finish at the parking lot. After the first 2 loops, those running the short course are finished. Those going medium and long will head out for their 3rd loop which will basically be just shy of 3 miles worth and stays along the perimeter of the area - we will run the 3rd loop in a CLOCKWISE manner, so you will be making mostly LEFT turns till you get back to the parking lot. That will end the medium course, and then those that want to go long will head back out again on the SAME EXACT loop for their 4th one. You could decide to run the loop in reverse if you choose....instead of left turns you will make RIGHT turns back to the parking lot. Either direction, it is the same exact loop as the 3rd one.