Q: I've never done a trail run before. Is this a good place to start?
A: It's a toughie, but if you can run a 1/2 marathon on the road and are comfortable carrying your own food and water, you should be good for at least a bronze. (Each lap is about 15 kilometers.)
Q: Do I need to print off course instructions and bring them with me?
A: You should know how to get to the start, but once on Old Mountain Highway, it is hard to get lost.
Q: What if I get lost?
A: You shouldn't get lost! Stay on the road. If you do feel you are lost, ask a mountain biker or just turn around and follow the same road you came up on back down to the gate.
Q: What if I have to heed the call of nature.
A: There is an outhouse at the bike drop-off loop near the start. If you have to go near the top of the mountain, be discreet, do your business at least 10 meters from the trail and bury anything solid at least 10 cm deep. Whatever you do, don't pee in someone's front yard! (It happens. And the locals are not happy. That's why there are now parking restrictions.)
Q: What should I bring on race day?
A: Please check the agenda for thoughts
Q: I am supposed to be self-sufficient because there is no aid provided. Can I get a friend to come out and give me food and drink along the route?
A: Absolutely! In fact, it would be nice if your friend were to help everyone. See aid stations and crew for some thoughts on what they might be able to do to help.
Q: Where can I park? Where can I change?
A: Parking is an issue. A lot of mountain bikers and many runners park here at all hours and tick off the homeowners. This has prompted parking restrictions, so if you don't want a ticket, plan to park a few blocks from the start and heed the signs. Anticipate walking 15 minutes or jogging 10 minutes from where you park to the start. Whatever you do, please don't strip down to the buff or heed the call of nature in front of someone's home. It is considered bad form and the primary reason why parking is an issue.