IMPORTANT 2013 COURSE CHANGES
Due to the unusually heavy amount of rain this winter, it is necessary to modify the course for the 2013 Long Haul. The course has been shortened to 14.3 miles, which will result in the 100M doing 7 laps and the 100k doing a 5 mile starter loop and then 4 - 14.3M loops. We have made every effort to keep the course mileage accurate, while using sections of the preserve that are dry, smooth and very runable.
Additionally, due to the course changes, we are able to
reduce the number of AID stations to 2, while maintaining
our max distance between AID. AID1 will be located at
the Start/Finish and AID2 will be located on the short paved
section between the two northern trails. Distance from
AID1 to AID2 is less than 6 miles and AID2 back to AID2 is
about 3 miles. Max distance between AID (AID1 and AID2) is
less than 6 miles.
The course is a 16.67 mile out and back route with little
elevation, but varying surfaces including: asphalt, crushed
coral, grass, dirt, sand, and mud. The noted creek
crossing and muddy area depends upon seasonal weather.
Runners have the option of going through mud and/or water or
around it on dry footbridges.
Men's - Mike Morton - 13:18:58 (2012)
Women's - Whitney Richman 17:38:24 (2013)
Men's - Julian Vicente - 8:48:30 (2012)
Women's - Brittany Beede - 12:09:42 (2012)
50 Mile (50 mile
distance was only run in 2011)
Men's - Julian Vicente - 7:48:21
Women's - Eve Lane - 11:09:05
Here is a complete walk-through of the course: UPDATED
|Start / Finish AS1 to
End of Trail 1 (AS2)
|Trail 2 (AS2 to AS2)
|AS2 to Trail 3 begin
|Trail 3 to Swiftmud
|Swiftmud Road to Trail
|Trail 4 to AS3
|AS1 to AS2
|AS2 to AS3 (longest
distance between aid)
Long Haul 100s Course Description
The Long Haul Course is a 16.7 mile out and back course that is repeated until the total mileage is reached. The Start and Finish is located at the entry gate to the Cypress Creek Preserve at the location of Tampa Bay Water on 10 Cent Road. The course is closed to public vehicle traffic, however there may be hikers, equestrian riders and cyclists on various sections of the course. The race can be run entirely on trails -- the course does follow Pump Station Road, which is an asphalt paved private-access road, but those sections may be run along the pavement in the grass.
Start to Trail 1 (Creek Trail) Section
The Start/Finish is AID STATION 1 - Runners will travel along Pump Station Road approximately ¾ of a mile before turning left (North) off of the road onto Trail 1 (Creek Trail)
Trail 1 (Creek Trail) Section
The Creek Trail is a hikers only trail -- there will be no horses or cyclists on this trail. This is the only water crossing on the course and there is an optional temporary bridge that runners may choose to cross and avoid wet feet. The water is no deeper than the knee. The beginning part of this trail is wide grassy doubletrack until you reach the creek, which is about ¼ mile from the road. Once you cross the creek, the trail narrows to twisting single track. This is the most technical part of the course with substantial roots and trees. After the ½ mile technical singletrack, the trail opens back up to sandy / grassy doubletrack for about ¾ mile and leads back out to the road. Once you reach the end of the Creek Trail, you will cross over Pump Station Road and onto Trail 2 (Southern Trail). AID STATION 2 is located at the cross section of the creek trail, the southern trail, and pump station road and can be accessed going out or returning on any of these crossings.
Trail 2 (Southern Trail) Section
The Southern Trail is a lillipop course that will be run the same direction whether you are going out or returning in. You will follow a wide corridor that is a grassy road with a crushed coral base. This 1 mile straightaway is a great speed area as there is a very wide corridor and the ground is firm and smooth. Follow the crushed coral / grassy base until you turn off to the left onto wide doubletrack which is the border of a large cypress prairie. This You will follow this about ¼ mile until you come to a barb wire livestock fence, which is the border of the preserve. This part of the trail that borders the fence has two low areas that will likely be muddy -- there will be a route to avoid the mud around each of those two areas. In about ½ mile, you will veer off to the left through the prairie and back to the crushed coral road you came in on. The Southern Trail with the exception of the crushed coral base road, are some of the newest trails in the preserve, so while they are not technical with roots or rocks, the dirt is loose and relatively uneven -- similar to running in a grass field that has been plowed over with farm equipment. Once you reach the crushed coral base road, you will head back out to Pump Station Road and AID STATION 2 and turn right (east) on Pump Station Road.
AID STATION 2
AS2 is located at the crossing of the Creek Trail, the Southern Trail and Pump Station Road. It can be accessed going out or returning on any of these crossings. AS2 is the best place for spectators as there is plenty of room to setup chairs, awnings, tents, etc and runners will pass by this point 4 times each 16.7 mile out and back. There is also a shuttle to and from the entrance / start / finish.
AID STATION 2 to Trail 3 (Armadillo Alley) Section
Upon leaving AS2, you will head east on Pump Station Road about .6 miles and turn left (north) on Trail 3 which is a grassy sandy doubletrack trail through a typical Florida Oak / Pine / Cypress forest. The trail is relatively root free, but soft and sandy in areas, especially if it is dry. Don’t be surprised to see whitetail deer running through the cypress or armadillos scurrying around at your feet. This section of the trail is approximately 1.25 miles until you return to the north spur of pavement aka Swiftmud Road. You will run on (or alongside) the road for about a ¼ mile until turning left (north) off the pavement onto Trail 4 Section.
Trail 4 (Hog Hollow) Section
Trail 4 is the northern most section which has a lollipop loop at the top which totals about 2.8 miles. The beginning of this trail is sandy / grassy doubletrack similar to much of the course. You are likely to encounter wild hogs more in this section of the trail. The northern most section of the trail becomes more technical as it becomes more of an oak forest and also turns near a swamp bog. As you near the lollipop, you will be bearing to your left and heading north to the northern preserve border where you will find a barb wire livestock fence. You will turn right (east) and run along the fence for less than ¼ mile before turning right (south) down a sandy doubletrack. You will head down this doubletrack for about ½ mile before turning right (west) back into the woods. There will be a basic AID STATION 3 (water/HEED/basic food) at this location. As you head back into the woods, this is another technical section and you will need to look closely for markers as the trail here is not well defined. Eventually you will come back to the point where you bore off to the left to go north on the lollipop, you will turn left and head back south. This return point is the place most people miss and end up looping around again. Watch for markers and signs this area is marked.
At this point you are now on your way back -- continue back on trail 4, trail 3 and AID STATION 2 before heading back to AID STATION 1 / start / finish via trail 2 and trail 1.