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 (Course Description, history, points of interest, and fun stories) (Course Description, history, points of interest, and fun stories)
  
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-So we had to revamp the course two main timesOne was my own makingand the second was an almost disaster where there were certain restrictions that the park needed on the trails and they wanted to completely change itWe did change much of the South sectionbut I kept my ground on the awesome rugged North section. It will whoop yer a$$!+None of the course has changed from 2014’s runningTwo sections of course have changed since the 2013 running. We have added nearly a mile of new trailnear the Hilton campground just before the Buzzards Rock climb"The Wall" remains at the end of the courseand the major river crossing has been removed at the parks request - there are still dozen small creek crossings to cool yourself at!
  
-You start out at Shelter 105 and head around another shelter and playground in order give us a ¼ mile loop in order to sparse people out before heading into small fisherman trailsThere may be fisherman there early and mid dayPlease look out for these people and also for families in this section. You will hit the same section at the end.+You start out at Shelter 105 and head around the baseball field, another shelter and playground in order give us a ¼ mile loop in order to sparse people out before heading onto the same road you drove in on for 400 ft. You take Gun Rd across the Patapsco River on a small automobile bridgeInteresting fact: The Patapsco river used to be deep and bring ships up to pick up rolls (hence Rolling Rd) of wheat or cropsNow it is silted up from human development and barely deep enough to float a raft on.
  
-Next is the wall, and then the river crossingThe wall is 12 ft tall and crossable. The river is not very deepless than 1 ft. You can cross it with no shoes on if you wish - it is sandy. After the river you go up the Vineyard Spring Trail, the first hill. Next is the dreaded (to race directors) 4-way crossing. Two separate parts of the course intersect here and go through the same 4-wayTake right this first timeContinue on down hill for mile, making a number of sharp turns. This is the most confusing part of the course. Watch our signs and flags.+You immediately get onto dirt trail (on your left) once on the other side of the bridgeNext you hit Lost lakewhere youngsters can fish. You go by the lake and you get onto the paved 'Grist Mill' PathIts wide concrete pathYou follow grist mill for ~1/3 mile.
  
-Hit the bottom of the hill at a paved streetcross it and go over a streamBack up hill. First HARD climb up into Bull Run TrailDo part of the Bull Run Loop and then head off marked trails to what I call the “Bike Jumper” trailWatch out for flying bikers here. At the top of Bike Jumper you hit the 4-way for the second timeAgain, take right (you go a different direction).+While on grist mill, on your Right you want to look for the Vineyard Springs Trailthat goes under the railroad tracksUp this trail is the first hill of the raceNext is the dreaded (to race directors) 4-way crossingTwo separate parts of the course intersect here and go through the same 4-wayThis first time, go through the 4-way and take a right. It will be marked well. Continue on down hill for a mile, making a number of sharp turns. This is the most confusing part of the courseWatch our signs and flags. Also note that trail (that we used in 2012was Closed in this section. We take a small detour onto a small park road, and then off to a fireroad that catches up with the same trails from prior yrs. Signs and flags will get you there.
  
-Follow Santee Branch trail for few miles and hit Aid Station 1Say hi to Tom and gangAsk them for beer and bagels - in that orderThis aid station by the way is a bit off the trailYou pass over a baseball field, and then after the stationget onto road that takes you back to the same Santee Branch trail.+Hit the bottom of the hill at paved parking lot, cross it and go over a streamBack up hill. First HARD climb up into Bull Run Trail. Do part of the Bull Run Loop and then head off marked trails to what I call the “Bike Jumper” trailWatch out for flying bikers hereAt the top of Bike Jumper you hit the 4-way for the second timeSay hi to the HAM radio guys who will be bravely posted here! Againtake right (you go a different direction).
  
-Now its time for Pigs Run, Rockiest section in the park, straight downhill. Lace up those shoes and pay some attention to your anklesI always twist one here. Now that you have gone straight down the hardest hill, we will send you straight up the hardest uphill. There is rock climbing involved here. Have fun. I have trained on it and did it running up and down 3 times. Yeah - give that try. You will probly die after this one go :-) BUT its well worth it. The best view in the park. Dont miss it on your left and down about 20 yards.+Follow Santee Branch trail for a few miles and hit Aid Station 1Awaiting you is a misfit crew of volunteers ready to jump at your bark and order! This aid station is bit off the trail. You pass over a baseball field, and then after the station, get onto a road that takes you back to the same Santee Branch trail.
  
-Continue uphill and hit gravel roadthen take a left to go towards Illchester ViewpointMake sure to check out this view tooRockclimbers go here and it overlooks the former “HellHouse”an old school that was said to be haunted. In facta guard there shot a kid back a few years and nearly killed himIve seen the newspaper clippingContinue on down the hill and hit pavementEw.+Now you continue on Santee Branch, ignore Pigs Run turnoff, and cross a road twice. Turn onto Charcoal trail and then left onto SawMill BranchRockiest section in the park, straight downhill. Lace up those shoes and pay some attention to your anklesI always twist one here. Now that you have gone straight down the hardest hillwe will send you straight up the hardest uphillBuzzards Rock! There is rock climbing involved hereHave funI have trained on it and did it running up and down 3 times. Yeah - give that a try. You will probly die after this one go :-) BUT its well worth it. The best view in the park is at the top of Buzzards Rock trailDont miss it on your left and down about 20 yards.
  
-Take right onto the large paved bike path called Grist Mill Trail. You are right in front of Bloedes Dam. We used to go swimming there in College - you can swim behind the ‘waterfall’You hit a sweet hanging bridge and get a majestic aerial view of the Patapsco river here. Enjoy it, as you now get onto major road.... heh, for 100 feet. Back to trail! Well, you get off of Illchester Rd and back onto an old half-paved, half-dirt Road. It is no longer used and is off limits to cars, but acts as a neat river-side section.+Continue uphill and hit a gravel road, then take left to go towards Illchester ViewpointMake sure to check out this view too. Rockclimbers go here and it overlooks the former “HellHouse”, an old school that was said to be haunted. In fact, a guard there shot a kid back a few years and nearly killed himIve seen the newspaper clippingContinue on down the hill and hit pavementEwThis is another part of the Grist Mill path.
  
-Check out Bloedes Dam on your left, dare to venture out next to the raging water. Bloedes was the first underwater hydroelectric plant back in 1906. Now its a shell of its former glory. Down stream from Bloedes you will see a fish ladder - I call it the Salmon Ladder, but I dont think there are Salmon in the Patapsco. Interesting fact: The patapsco river used to be deep and bring ships up to pick up rolls of wheat or crops. Now it is silted up from human development and barely deep enough to float a raft on.+You are right in front of Bloedes Dam. We used to go swimming there in College - you can swim behind the ‘waterfall’. The damn is scheduled to be removed this year, so enjoy it now while it exists here. Bloedes was the first underwater hydroelectric plant back in 1906. Now its a shell of its former glory. Down stream from Bloedes you will see a fish ladder - I call it the Salmon Ladder, but I dont think there are Salmon in the Patapsco.
  
-Hit Aid Station 2 and say hi to the Gab, Gulp, Go crew at the swinging bridge and head straight up the hill to your right (not across the swinging bridge)There are some turns here at the start so watch themIf you hit waterfallsyou went the wrong way. You want “Root Hill” instead. Lots of roots.+Part of that silting is due to the dam. Damn damSo they are getting rid of it soonIt will also allow fish to get up stream easierso in the long run, its betterSome teenagers were telling me they would be sad to see it go :-(
  
-Do loop in the Cascade Falls area, and then head over to the Ridge Trail, which follows the Patapsco river, but way up on a ridge looking down. Careful again not to take the wrong trail in the following section. After mile and a half, you take the “Connector Trail” to your right. Don't go past itor you will hit mile 15 of the course!+Take left onto the large paved bike path (Grist Mill Trail). After 3/4 mile on the paved pathturn RIGHT onto the SWINGING BRIDGE!
  
-You will pass some farm ruins of old delapidated houses, then head to some large open fields which you skirtNow onto the Morning Choice trail sections and approaching to Aid Station 3.+Hit Aid Station 2 and say hi to the volunteer peeps at the swinging bridge and head straight up the hill behind the aid station. There are some turns here at the start so watch themIf you hit waterfalls, you went the wrong way. You want “Root Hill” instead. Lots of roots.
  
-Say hi to Shura and her two boy scouts! Shura coincidentally is related to the owner of the beer keg that we have awaiting you in 4 miles :-) This section of the course (the Southern Section) is much more gentle and kind compared to the NorthernEnjoy the nature.+Do a loop in the Cascade Falls area, and then head over to the Ridge Trail, which follows the Patapsco river, but way up on a ridge looking down. Careful again not to take the wrong trail in the following section. After a mile and a half, you take the “Connector Trail” to your right. There may be HAM radio people out here on the trailIts kinda way out there, but the HAM people will mountain bike or hike in. Don't go past the connector trail, or you will hit mile 15 of the course! Again, all of this is marked very well.
  
-Now you get onto some private land, which took some mighty good convincing and contract writingPhewIts a nice section that they let people use the trails to cross their landPlease keep it trash free and quite. The owner of the Rockburn land gave me a 2 page sheet on its history. Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key may have been to this area, along with other high falluters. Take this private section on over to Rockburn. Cross some streams and your back in the park.+You will pass some farm ruins of old dilapidated housesthen head to some large open fields which you skirtThese fields are the Belmont Estate, recently purchased by Howard County ParksI wanted to hold the start/finish here, but they wanted thousands and they were also still abating for chemicals in the groundDont drink the water here! Now onto the Morning Choice trail sections and approaching to Aid Station 3.
  
-Loop around rockburn trailturn right at the 4 way stop, and get back onto the other end of the Ridge trailSince you did not take the short cut beforeyou are now on the other side of where you came before (near the connector trail). If you hit the connector trail, youve gone too far and have gone backwards on the courseMake sure to make a hard right onto the first white trail (there are 3)We will sign it well, but just make sure. Now you are on a hiking only trail that is very windy and gets rocky at points. Curve down this and you are 1 mile from the finish line!+At Aid Station 3say hi to these brave folk - they had to hike-in your water! It is the most-remote aid stationIf you get here and its past 6 hrsor nearing it, consider dropping. You can continue on, but it is AT YOUR OWN RISK. This section of the course (the Southern Sectionis much more gentle and kind compared to the NorthernEnjoy the nature.
  
-Cross the road and then you are back on familiar territoryYou hit the wall again both literally and figurativelyGet over this sucker, and your in like flinnUse help from other runners!+Now you get onto some private land, which took some mighty good convincing and contract writingPhew. Its a nice section that they let people use the trails to cross their land. The trails are getting rutted and the owner may have to close or reroute them. Please keep this land-trust section trash free and quiteThe owner of the Rockburn land gave me a 2 page sheet on its history. Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key may have been to this areaalong with other high falluters. Take this private section on over to Rockburn. Cross some streams and your back in the park.
  
-Cross that finish line and relish the personal acheivement!! Well done. Now go enjoy that food and beer you worked hard for - give me a big HELLO if you see me.+Loop around rockburn trail, turn right at the 4 way stop, and get back onto the other end of the Ridge trail. Since you did not take the short cut before, you are now on the other side of where you came before (near the connector trail). Maybe you can say hi to your HAM radio friends again, as they will simply walk 200 ft over to this section from where they were posted before. If you hit the connector trail, youve gone too far and have gone backwards on the course. Make sure to make a hard right onto the first white trail (there are 3). We will sign it well, but just make sure. Now you are on a hiking only trail that is very windy and gets rocky at points. Curve down this and you are 1 mile from the finish line! 
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 +Cross the road and you will see the Patapsco River again! Now... you hit "The Wall" - both literally and figuratively. Get over this 12 ft rock sucker, and your in like flinn. Think outside the box, look for ways around, or just POWER THE F OVER IT. Use help from other runners! After the wall you will wind your way through a beach with MANY picnickers and fisherman. Be courteous as you pass people. 
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 +Cross that finish line and relish the personal achievement!! Well done. Now go enjoy that food and beer you worked hard for - give me a big HELLO if you see me.
  
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   * 3 aid stations spaced 4 miles apart will provide water and small snacks   * 3 aid stations spaced 4 miles apart will provide water and small snacks
   * PBJ Sandwiches, Bananas, trail mix, Brownies, M&Ms and Swedish Fish   * PBJ Sandwiches, Bananas, trail mix, Brownies, M&Ms and Swedish Fish
-  * Water and mixed Gatorade will be at each station+  * Water and mixed Tailwinds ( similar to Gatorade, except better) will be at each station
   * To save on trash, please fill your own water bottles, though we will have cups   * To save on trash, please fill your own water bottles, though we will have cups
   * Minor First Aid   * Minor First Aid
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   * Where:   * Where:
-    * Map with Aid stations: http://mdheatrace.com/heatCourse.png +    * Map with Aid stations: http://mdheatrace.com/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=course2019.png 
-    * Aid Station 1: Hilton - Mile 4 +    * Aid Station 1: Hilton - Mile 4, 20 
-    * Aid Station 2: Swinging Bridge - Mile 8 +    * Aid Station 2: Swinging Bridge - Mile 8, 24 
-    * Aid Station 3: Landing Rd - Mile 12+    * Aid Station 3: Landing Rd - Mile 12, 28 
 +    * Start / Finish Line: Avalon - Mile 16, 32
   * When:   * When:
-    * Aid Station 1: Setup: 7:30am, Staffed: 8:30-10:30am +    * Aid Station 1: Setup: 8:30am, Staffed: 9:30-11:30am 
-    * Aid Station 2: Setup: 8am, Staffed 9-1pm +    * Aid Station 2: Setup: 8:00am, Staffed9-2pm 
-    * Aid Station 3: Setup: 8:30am, Staffed: 9:30-2pm, might abandon but keep up for hikers+    * Aid Station 3: Setup: 10:15am, Staffed: 10:30-3:30pm, might abandon but keep up for hikers
   * Who:   * Who:
-    * Aid Station 1: Tom Brown and Family +    * Aid Station 1: Pat Murphy 
-    * Aid Station 2: Run, Gab, Gulp & Go Meetup.com Group +    * Aid Station 2: Christine Chadwick 
-    * Aid Station 3: Boy Scouts and Shura+    * Aid Station 3: Dorothy Ricciuti
  
 ====== Emergency ====== ====== Emergency ======
-911 and 301-219-6149 (Nick) if anything is serious 
  
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 ====== River crossing ====== ====== River crossing ======
-There is a single large river crossing. The course will go straight across the Patapsco River after mile 1 (sorry, I couldn't figure out how to put it later in the course)The water depth is around 1 foot deep, no higher than your knee. Let me tell you, it will feel very nice on hot July day! If you can help it, wear shoes that drain well. +The large river crossing was removed at the request of the parkThey did not want us encouraging common crossing point that would turn into a future crossing point by hundreds of othersAlsofisherman complainThere will remain a dozen smaller creek crossingssome of them 1-2 feet deepUsually you can tip toe on rocks over them.
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-Tips for this crossing: If you do not like wet shoestake them off before crossing, as the river is walkable barefootWhenever I have crossed with shoessand gets in my shoes and I have found myself emptying them. A good place to empty them is after you come up from the river 100 ft to the concrete path and stream that goes through the tunnel.+
  
 ====== Hikers ====== ====== Hikers ======
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 ====== Race Timing ====== ====== Race Timing ======
-Each persons effort will be timed and placed. Tom Green will be timing and recording and officiating and posting throughout the race. The goal of this challenge is to FINISH. Timing is secondary. Despite this, we want to encourage vigorous activity - but no prizes for top race finishers.+{{ :tomrecordingresults.jpg?direct&200|}} 
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 +Each persons effort will be timed and placed. We will be timing and recording and officiating and posting throughout the race. The goal of this challenge is to FINISH. Timing is secondary. Despite this, we want to encourage vigorous activity - but no prizes for top race finishers.
  
-You will receive a bib which has a number and a bottom strip with multiple tearable sections. Tom and team will remove this bottom strip. Part of the bottom strip will go up on a leader board, part is a coupon for YOU, and part is entry into a raffle. Give us the portions we ask for, or the whole thing. Finishers can use the raffle part to enter for free goodies. Prizes will be given to those in attendance - so stick around and party :-)+You will receive a bib which has a number and a bottom strip with multiple tearable sections. The timers will remove this bottom strip. Part of the bottom strip will go up on a leader board, part is a coupon for YOU, and part is entry into a raffle. Give us the portions we ask for, or the whole thing. Finishers can use the raffle part to enter for free goodies. Prizes will be given to those in attendance - so stick around and party :-)
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