Relay Course Details

GOT LEGS AND KNOWS HOW TO USE ‘EM

Leg Details  

  • On the maps, you'll see a bunch of skinny blue lines; these are cross-trails, also known as: PLACES TO GET OFF COURSE, SO DON'T DO IT!!! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE COURSE MARKINGS AND SIGNAGE, you may enjoy the run more if you follow the course...
  • Leg Maps (below) include a description of what you'll be running on as you navigate between exchanges.
  • The course is segmented into "legs." Each leg starts and ends at an exchange.

1. Stampede View Print
For all you veterans: Counter-clockwise this year and the approach back into Half Moon has changed!!!! AGAIN!!! PAY ATTENTION TO THE MARKINGS!!!
Road safety crossing method, watch the yellow caution tape & volunteers. Generally counter-clockwise Crooked Lake Trail with wee bit of alternative section in the middle. Fast and crowded with plenty of rock & roll.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Half Moon Half Moon 4.6 WHITE +490/-490 2.3
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
2 Rocks & Rips Dry Minimal
2. Buttslider View Print
For all you veterans: the exit from Half Moon has changed!!!! AGAIN!!! PAY ATTENTION TO THE MARKINGS!!!
At corner of parking lot turn Right, Relay 2 – PINK.
The Abyss and Death by Mosquitoes areas are good opportunities to sprain an ankle. Revisions in the Butt Slider and Settlers Grave areas, more rocks.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Half Moon Silver Lake 4.4 PINK +490/-500 2.6
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
 1  Crash & Burn Moist High
3. Rave Run View Print
Beginning and End are out and back so opposing runners present. A face to face meeting in blind turn could take an eye out. A beautiful trail run. Some say harder than advertised. Watch Road Crossings.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Silver Lake Silver Lake 2.4 YELLOW +250-250 1.5
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
2 Clean Dry Minimum
4. Dirty Blond View Print
No swim fins needed this year. Follow blue as splits from Leg 10 Pink turning right off Poto. Lots of quick and sharp nonsensical turns! Exchange back at HalfMoon.
Splits from leg 10 at 0.4 mile turning right off Poto.
Due to short distance of run, cars need to get moving. If fast team, you may want to leave Leg 5 runner at HalfMoon at the start.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Silver Lake Half Moon 2.9 BLUE +330/-340 2.2
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
1 Everything Moist unless it stops raining Moderate
5. Purgatory View Print

Fast and easy trail and dirt road run. Except for the length and the horse remnants. Watch closely for jump out off of Potto onto Kelly Road. Missing it would be a long mistake.

Parking is in field lot on East side of Cedar Lake. Walk across road into ranch and then north to grassy exchange.

Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Half Moon Hell Creek Ranch 5.5 WHITE +430/-430 2.2
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
3 Horse Drops Dry Minimum
6. This Sucks View Print

Finish is at new location, no more school; also different from last year. Early Ratings estimates from our New exchange host James Nielsen is for record viewership especially in the adult mud up to their ass demographic. Warning: The shoe and human wash zone offered by pinckney cross-country teams could be R-rated.

Exit runs opposite of Leg 8 from exchange to Post 5. Hard left turn at Post 5, someone will screw this up, will it be you? Horse trails before the swamp. Race day reroute may be in place. Do not take Ultra by-pass, we will be watching. Use buddy system. Swamp skull with bullet holes is 2007 Team 48 runner!

Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Hell Creek Ranch Neilsen's Rating 4.4 BLUE +350/-340 3 (due to swamp)
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
1 gravel road Everything Wet Extreme
+ Stinging Nettle
7. Stripper Sucks View Print
Start & Finish are at the new location. New leg featuring the best This Sucks and Stripper Pole have to offer. Yikes!
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Neilsen's Rating Neilsen's Rating 3.0 WHITE +270/-270 at least 2.5
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
0 Everything Wet Extreme
+ Stinging Nettle
8. Stripper Pole View Print
Start is at the new exchange location. Make momma proud as you slide down the Stripper Pole. Dirt Ladder climb will be forgotten when you get whiplash in the zig zags. Runs opposite of Leg 6 Blue from Horse Trail Post 5 to Hell Creek Ranch. Numerous changes from previous years including more hills and more fun.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Neilsen's Rating Hell Creek Ranch 4.0 YELLOW +450/-450 2.7
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
1 gravel road Chutes & Ladders Dry Medium
9. Styx, River of Death View Print
The path to Hell is the river of death, Styx. Your tormented soul is ours. Multiple river crossings and river run with dangerous river rocks and deep holes. Life jacket or swim wings optional Keep moving as there is NO EXCHANGE IN HELL; you're gong all the way to Silver Lake
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Hell Creek Silver Lake 5.6 PINK +620/-630 3.1
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
0 River, Butt Slider, Rocks Maximum Medium
10. Poto View Print
Long, steady power run. Trail mix of hills, rocks, roots and pickers. Watch out for bikes at your back. Miles of hilly rugged trails on the famous Pottawatomi trail. Geo-web tripping danger. Splits from Leg 4 continuing straight on Poto.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Silver Lake Half Moon 6.0 PINK +590/-610 2.7
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
2 Rocks Dry Minimum
11. Be Prepared View Print
 At the corner of the parking lot, turn LEFT. DO NOT follow Ultra PINK to the right. 
Yeah, you'll like this one! Poto from Half Moon west to huge trail sign, turn right out to Bartell Rd then exchange behind the gate across Bartell from the Boy Scout Camp. Be Prepared and BE POLITE on Scout grounds so they'll let us come back next year.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Half Moon Scout Camp 4.2 PINK +310/-280 1.6
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
1 None Dry Moderate
12. Vertigo View Print
The Vertigo we all know & love. Nasty downhills that may give you vertigo. Portions of nice trail, road, and hill climb, off trail running and flat ending except for the splash.
We added a wee bit (a mile?, not used since 2012 when we took up Farming.) of stupid stuff west across Joslyn Lake Road to make the distance come out; enjoy!
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
Scout Camp The Farm 3.7 PINK +690/-650 4.0
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
2 plus some gravel roads Slammers Wet Medium
13. Barn Burner View Print
A fast paced section on some areas not used since 2001. Nice dirt roads, wide Waterloo-Pinkney trail and a bit of nonsense. SW exit the farm then nice out and back on dirt road and easy trail. Finish by entering N entrance to farm.
Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
The Farm The Farm 2.8 BLUE +/- 210 1.3
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
0 but some gravel roads pickers Dry Moderate
14. Oh, Brother, Where are thou? View Print

Leave the cows at Farmer Johns, and feel like you’re on the lam. Careen through the fields and woods like the hounds are at your heels. Decide if it’s best to go over, under, or through the fences. Prison escapees don’t have blazed trails to follow, and neither do you. Get out of sight as you sink into the muck between the cattails. Shake the dogs off your scent when you make a splash as you return to Farmer John’s. You finish where you started, hopefully you’re fast enough to make bed check.
--Leg description by Mike Leary! Thanks, Mike!

Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
The Farm The Farm 2.1 (more or less) WHITE +/- 240 2
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
0 Swamp Wet Moderate
15. Don't Get No Better: Glory! View Print

A few more hills for your enjoyment.

Careful attention to turns as some are sharp and bad time to go off course. Merges with ultra leg for last ¾ mile on the Crooked Lake Trail. Relay finishes on right hand side, Ultra left.

Start End Length Color Climb Difficulty
The Farm Half Moon 6.2 PINK +470/-550 2.8
Dangerous Road Crossings Grunge Wetness Poison Ivy
2 Rocks Dry Low