Course Description as of April 2014:
The general trail directions are listed below and if you follow these, or look at the on line map, you will get a sense of the route. All trail distances are approximate as of Nov. – distances will be finalized before the start of the race. The trails will be marked with Orange Pin Flags for you to follow during the race and,intersections will also roped to help guide you in the right direction.
The 10K-Course is as follows:
Start – The racers will organize at the Pink Log at 9:55am. At 10:00am, we will need to start because there will be “not so happy campers” idling in their cars wondering why the traffic is backed up on this tiny rural road.
.0 – 0.5 miles–10K racers will run down the fence line around the top of the pond onto the White Trail; you are cruising for about 1/2 a mile at this point jockeying for position and getting your tempo set…probably feeling a little excited, anxious, but good that the race began. Once you come across the bridges where the Swamp Creek (Pink) Trail and the Nature (White) Trail intersect,.. Somewhere in here you will ask yourself if you trained well enough for this endeavor. You head up the hill to the kiosk and bear left on the White Trail.
0.5 – 1.8 – After turning left at the kiosk and run a few hundred yards on the White Trail and take your first right onto the Purple Trail. This will lead you straight up to the Access Road/Red Trail. Turning right onto the gravel road for a few meters, you will parallel a field and make an immediate turn right again to head down the Red Trail to the intersection of the red, white, and pink trail. You turn left at this point at the kiosk and head along the Pink Trail. Follow the trail and it will eventually make a sharp U-turn to the left and you will pick up a gravel road. Continue on the gravel road and look for the Green Foothills Trail that will intersect on your right--the Green Foothills Trail will go steeply uphill. Once on the Green Trail you will follow it straight uphill and at the top it turns into a wide track and starts to wind downward. During the race, a water station will be where the Green Trail crosses the Access Road just before the steep ascent. You gain over 650 feet in this 1.3 miles.
1.8 – 2.5 –Head down the trail and relax a bit, turn right at the T intersection and continue on a slight upward grade. This is a good recovery section. Continue on the Green Trail which is also part of the Access Road and after a short stint it will turn into a single track trail on the left.
2.5 – 3.3 –Turn left onto the single track trail still following Green Trail. This is a rocky section and the Twisted Turkey is waiting for a few ankle biters on this trail. This section is pretty nice and while you are in your groove, you can easily get lost in your thoughts back here…such as “am I having fun yet?, what am I doing here? is faster person really faster than me?!?” Stuff like that. Anyway, cruise away and watch that you do not get lost in the swamp creek area. You will emerge around 3.7 on a flat track.
3.7 – 4.3 –This section is a pretty straight forward..but not really. Just follow the only trail you see and take your first right onto the Pink Trail. (DO NOT FOLLOW THE ACCESS ROAD…turkey hunters awaiting!) Heading south, you will pass the pink trail on your right headed north across the stream (DO NOT TAKE IT), keep going straight until you hit the clearing where the logging road begins. At that point the pink trail will be on your right again (go figure). Turn right and watch yourself as this area was cleared and there are branches and rocks galore. At 4.3 you will reach the next kiosk (a water station will be in this area during the race.)
4.3 – 4.9–turn left at the kiosk and begin to climb 400ft over the next 6/10ths of a mile along the Blue Baker Knob trail staying to left as you go up. Hit the kiosk at the top of the trail, say “what up” to the folks checking bib numbers and turn back around for the descent. 4.9-6.2 –down the Baker Knob trail you go but still taking the left trail this time, back to the Swamp Creek kiosk and turn left back to the Pink Trail. You are on the final stretch! Follow the signs to the bridge (White Trail) and you will now back track to the pond. Open up those legs now, as it is time to pass that one person who has been a few feet ahead of you for the last 45 minutes. When you approach the pond you will head to the left, around the pond, toward the road and turn right along the fence line and whala…you are finished turkey! NOW That Was TWISTED!
“The 10 mile course heads into the Michaux first. Standing on the road with the Pink House on your right, take an immediate left past Strawberry Hill’s Flower Garden, cross the bridge over Middle Creek, head straight back through the picnic grove, around the gate at the back of the grove, and headup the track onto Michaux State Forest. As you approach the clearing, instead of going straight on the trail, you will make the first sharp left turn and burn up the hill and run the route alwaysbearing right at all major intersections. This is a 3 mile loop. You will come off the course via returning to Strawberry Hill and will pick up the 10k course with some modifications.