The race will start and finish at Camp Manidokan, located near Knoxville MD. From Camp Manidokan runners will follow a short trail connecting over the C&O Canal and turn right onto the canal towards Cumberland, MD. The good news at this point is that as long as you can follow a straight line you should have no fear of getting lost. Bathrooms are located periodically along the canal and port-a-pot's will be located at the start/halfway/finish. Please be respectful of other C&O Canal users and avoid taking bathroom stops which may quickly become too "public".
The C&O Canal in general is a packed dirt surface with small gravel rocks which you will swear grow exponentially as the race goes on. It is advised that you pack alternate shoes in your drop bags to be ready to tackle this problem if it arises. For directional purposes, "heading towards Cumberland, MD" means more or less in the northwest direction and "heading towards Washington, D.C. means more or less in the southeast direction.
Start to Antietam Creek AS - Runners will follow the canal in the direction of Cumberland, MD until they reach the Antietam Creek AS (mile 5.3). After checking in runners will then turn around and head along the C&O Canal in the direction of Washington D.C. Crews are not allowed at this AS.
Antietam Creek AS to Dargan Bend AS - After turning around at Antietam Creek AS runners will follow the canal towards Washington D.C. until reaching the Dargan BendAS (mile 9.7). NOTE: you will have already passed this AS on the way out (.9mi) but it will not be set up at that time, you will pass it again shortly after the halfway point. Feel free to use te aid station again at that point but to not check in until you pass it again going towards Washington D.C. (mile 60.4). After checking in continue to proceed towards Washington D.C. until you reach the Keep Tryst Rd. Aid station. Crews are not allowed at this AS.
Dargan Bend AS to Keep Tryst AS - You will know you are getting close to the Keep Tryst Rd. Aid station when you can hear cars on the highway (340). Check in at the Keep Tryst AS (mile 16.6) and continue towards Washington D.C. until the Brunswick AS. Crews are not allowed at this AS.
Keep Tryst AS to Brunswick AS - Once you get to Brunswick (mile 19.6) proceed through the gate and under the bridge to get to the Brunswick AS. You will be able to access your drop bags at the Brunswick AS. Check in and proceed towards Washington D.C. to the Lander Rd. AS. Crews are allowed at this aid station. DO NOT park at the boat ramp, park at the train station.
Brunswick AS to Lander Rd. AS - As of currently (10/8/12) the Lander Rd. AS (mile 23.7) will be water only and you will not need to check in. Take on some water if necessary and continue to the turnaround at the Nolands Ferry AS. Crews are not allowed at this AS.
Lander Rd. AS to Nolands Ferry AS - At the Noland's Ferry Aid station (mile 30) you will check in and then turn around and head back towards Cumberland, MD on the C&O Canal. You will be able to access your drop bags at the Nolands Ferry AS. Crews are not allowed at this AS.
Proceeding on the Canal towards Cumberland, MD you will again pass the Lander Rd. AS (mile 36.3, no check in necessary, water only), the Brunswick AS (mile 40.4), and the Keep Tryst Rd. AS (mile 43.4). The remaning portion from the Keep Tryst Rd. AS to the halfway point will be 7.3 miles.
Once you get to the halfway point (mile 50.7) you will be able to access your drop bags. Be sure to check in and then head out on your second loop.