All live races will share the same start/finish line at Manidokan Retreat Center - 1600 Harpers Ferry Rd. Knoxville, MD. However, these races run on two entirely separate courses (as per official Backyard Ultra rules and standards for qualification).
4.167-mile "Official" Backyard Ultra Event: This is a 2.084 mile out-and-back course. -From our start/finish pavillion, runners will follow the Potomac View Trail to it's end. -Take a right at the cabins, and continue along the driveway to the main entrance. -Continue straight across the road, and turn right to circle the perimeter of the grassy knoll. -Connect back to the main driveway by turning right and following signs for the Yellow Trail. -Continue on the Yellow Trail for approximately .3miles to the unmistakenable turn-around cone (at the intersection of Yellow and Red trails). -Return along the same path, in reverse. This course is non-technical, but it does include dirt trail (with minimal rocks and roots), packed gravel, and grass.
*Competitors in the 4-mile Event will have priority placement for tents and personal aid next to the finish line.
1-Mile Backyard Ultra for Mortals: This is a looped course of 2x .5mile loops. -From the start/finish pavillion, runners will begin on the grass, toward the main entrance to the property. -Before the road, turn right to stay on the grass, and continue along the perimeter of the grassy knoll, back to the start/finish area. -Repeat a second loop to total 1-mile. This course runs entirely on mowed grass, and includes access to the main aid station halfway through each mile. We will alternate between clockwise and counter-clockwise directions EVERY hour!
Manidokan Retreat Center is private property, and their trails do not show up on standard GPS mapping. Below is an unmarked-copy of the private trail system for reference!