Starting Location: 7293 Missouri 94, St Charles, MO 63304 - car pool lot
Parking: Due to a smaller parking lot, we will do car pooling again to cut down on congestion. We will utilize the paved lot near the Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail & Museum. Plan on arriving here by 7:00am, check-in with your coaches and then promptly leaving here at 7:10am to head to the main trail lot which is roughly 4 miles down the road off highway 94 (turn RIGHT out of the paved lot, and look for the trail parking lot on your RIGHT, a gravel lot just after the Law Enforcement training facility).
Short course: ~5.4 miles (1 loop)
Medium course: ~8.1 miles (2 loops)
Long course: ~14 miles (2 loops)
See map below for reference.
Everyone will start off running the short course loop which will consist mostly of an old fire road that is a gravel path, about 1.5mi worth of single track trail with potential creek crossing (weather pending), wide open grass path and then back along a nice long gravel downhill path back to the start. Mileage will be the longest so far for those going short, but the footing overall should be comparable to the previous week along most of it so will help ease the body into that distance. For those not use to going that long on the trail, plan accordingly with your hydration and nutrition needs if needed. We will have one road crossing at the end of the loop to rejoin the start so just mind any traffic when doing so...typically it is not too busy this early in the morning.
Those going medium or long will have one more loop to do, so plan your hydration and nutrition needs accordingly as there will not be a pit stop along the way. Those going medium will have roughly just under 3 miles for their final loop, which will be mostly along the old fire road but will have about a 3/4 stretch of single track trail. Those going long will start out the same as those going medium on your final loop, only after about 1.2mi into it that is where you all will break away and continue on the outer perimeter for your loop. This will be the loop with the most of the single track trail and some good hills early on, the rest of it is rolling and decent footing with some rocky sections so just mind the footing. Once the trail empties back out onto the old fire road, you will hang a right and take it down the long hill and straight back to the finish....so your final 2 miles roughly of this loop should feel awesome!