Current Sugarloaves’ Course Desc. (Jan. 27, 2014)

Course as it is flagged at present: Start from large gravel SVT parking lot, run .8 mi. west on paved road, sharp right (north) on dirt road, 200 yds. on dirt road, around cones and return to start (2 miles).
Next– head west out of gravel parking lot again, go around dirt road circle by power-lines (see map, circle is well-flagged and various piles of brush and wood have been stacked there), hit paved road, LEFT (east) down paved road, carefully merging across to south side of paved road. After .2 of mi. on paved road, hard RIGHT (south) onto “Old” SV Trail going south. Follow flags south on winding, narrow single-track for over 1 mile to where single-track merges with power-lines dirt road. South of power-lines road about half a mile to well-marked aid station/ turnaround (should be fans there cheering you on).
You are about 4 miles into the race at this southmost turnaround/ aid station. Retrace steps to junction just south of paved road, follow flags and signs on more direct “new” SV trail as it crosses paved road and enters brush on north side of road. From the road crossing the 5.5 mile racers are just 1/4 mile from the finish. ALL RACES run together back to the parking lot at the 5.5 mile point. This is a major aid station and a good time for longer race runners to resupply.
After leaving the 5.5 mile runners, longer racers again head west on dirt road, go around circle by power-lines, and then repeat south loop from last south trail loop.
The only difference is this time when you cross the paved road, you KEEP GOING NORTH on the SV Trail– you do not cut back over to the main parking area (that is 1/4 mile out of your way).
Follow generally well-maintained single-track 3 miles through arroyos and dry creek beds before emerging at SIX (6) WAY junction at foot of Bishop Cap Peak. There are the ruins of an old adobe hut 100 yards to your east (visible) at this point. Cross six way junction on diagonal, staying on single-track (follow signs, bike tread). Single-track climbs gradually along side of ridge going north. Turnaround is similar to R.O.X. event back in November, a bit higher up, well-marked. You are only running about .4 of a mile northeast of six way junction. Retrace your steps to finish. This will be the end for 25Km (15+ mi) racers.
Ultra runners proceed to do another 10 mile loop like the one just described– around the dirt road circle by power-lines, down the paved road to the SV south, etc.
Keep in mind we have abundant water and all sorts of drinks every 2-3 miles– there is no need to get dehydrated. Also, runners are welcome to drop down to a shorter distance. However, you need to finish one of the four set distances/ courses to receive the many finishers’ prizes (medals, awards, salsa, fame and fortune). If you are over 6:50 (6 hours 50 mins) at the 25.5 mile point as you finish big lap #2 in the parking lo,t you will be directed to go back out for just the scenic little 3+ mile south loop, thus returning to the finish at 29 miles– a MOST respectable ultra finish on a deceptively tough course (the low point at the south end is 500′ +below the high point on “Plattekill Hill” at the north end).
60Km runners do a whole third 10 mile loop and then a slightly shorter south loop to the “Wildnerness Aid Station” (and obvious point) and back. There will be wild animals sniffing around the Wilderness Aid Station.
WE will have mile-by-mile turn sheets and detailed color maps at the start/ sign-in. All tricky junctions on the course are marked with orange tape, cones, signs, etc. WE are doing our best to help this be a safe and fun event.

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