Trail Race Etiquette & Logistics
Trails are mostly about freedom, but we have some trail etiquette reminders for a safe, fair, and enjoyable experience for all.
Gun Time Finish (Overall Winners) & Chip Time Finish (Age Division Winners)
Overall male and female winners of each race (6, 12, 24 Mile) will be the first place gun-time finisher (Not chip time!). First male and female runner in each race to cross the finish line are designated overall winners
Overall male and female winners are not eligible for age division awards
Age division male and female winners and all other finish times are determined by chip time
24 mile runners who drop at the 12 mile mark will receive a chip time and a finisher’s woodallion, but are not eligible for 12 mile overall or age division awards.
24-mile Race Cut Off Times
12-mile Turnaround 3 hours
18-mile Turnaround 4.5 hours
24-mile Finish 6 hours
Drop Bags Locations
Start/Finish for All Runners
6/12/24 Mile Aid Station for 24 & 12 Mile Runners
24 & 12 Mile Runners can leave drop bags at start/finish by 7 AM to be transported to 6/12/18 mile turnaround
These drop bags will be back at the start finish by 12 pm and Hop Garden by 1:30 PM
3 Locations: Start/Finish/12 Mile Turnaround (All runners), Hwy D Crossing Mile 2.75ish (All Runners), Hughes Rd Turnaround Mile 6/18 (12 & 24 Milers)
Aid Station Items: Water, Gatorade, Ice, Pickles, Trail mix, Chips, Soda, Bananas, Cookies, Oranges
Manual Pump Well Water Miles 5ish & 7ish (12 & 24 milers)
Runners going out from the start line on the out-and-back portion of the race course should step right and yield to runners coming back to the finish (Very important this race!)
Out-and-back etiquette exception: On downhills, runners going uphill should step right and yield to runners going downhill regardless of the out-and-back scenario.
Stay Right, Pass on Left
Yield to faster runners by stepping to the right
Be decisive in communicating with other runners
“Runner Up” - signals runners behind you of oncoming runner. Also, sometimes used by downhill or returning runners (from an out-and-back) to get oncoming runners to step aside.
“Runner Back” - signals runners in front of you of a runner passing
"Passing on your Left” - signals to runner in front of you your intentions to pass
Listen for Runners
(If you must listen to music) earbud levels should be low enough to hear other runners
Respect the Environment
Discard of trash properly
Stay on the trial (no shortcuts)
Encourage one another
Keep bib exposed on your front shirt or shorts (especially at the finish & the turnarounds)
Respect the final decisions of the race director and the race timing team
No Pets on Race Route
Due to the large number of participants & the narrow trails, we do not allow dogs on the race route. This is for the safety of the runners & furry friends.
Lounging is a post-trail race tradition.
Please bring your lawn chairs and stay a while and enjoy our post-race party at the Hop Garden