Camp Lapihio Headquarters
The start/finish line is located at the Camp Lapihio Headquarters. Each loop begins and ends at the south door of the headquarters building.
The course is essentially a 12.5-mile lap in Umstead Park that you repeat eight times to reach 100 miles. You go counter-clockwise around the course:
You start at Race Headquarters and run the first part of the Headquarters Spur.
Then make a right turn and run out the Airport Spur.
You turn around and run back the Airport Spur.
Then you run the remainder of the Headquarters Spur, which leads to the large loop.
You then run around the loop and finish the lap by returning to Race Headquarters via the Headquarters Spur.
The Headquarters Spur (orange) is 1.85 miles long. This spur allows you to see fellow runners up to 5.3 miles behind and in front of you. The Airport Spur is .75-mile long, and branches off the Headquarters Spur at the 0.6 mile point of each loop. The Airport Spur is run only on the outbound leg of a lap.
The course is along a running, biking, and horse trail. The trail width varies between 8 and 15 feet and the footing is excellent. There is no single track trail on the course. All creek crossings are on permanent bridges. The course is an outstanding running surface. However, on the vehicle access road portion of the course leading into Camp Lapihio/Race Headquarters (.4 mile), there is larger crushed gravel that is typical for automotive traffic. The picture below is a typical part of the gravel trail. While you might be running fast enough to need that SLOW sign, it's really for the mountain bikers who might be coming AT you down the hill at warp speed. Stay alert!
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