The start for both races is at the Caretaker’s Parking Lot on Long Meadow Rd. in Sterling Forest State Park (Tuxedo, NY). The starts will be mass starts, no waves this year.
Runners will run a short stretch on the red trail (0.3 mi) and then enter the multiuse loop by going right onto the red Hutchison trail until they reach the magenta Red Back trail, where they will continue left/straight.
Halfway through the loop, runners will come to a fork, where there should be a course marshal, and will go right and downhill on the magenta trail to Aid Station #1 at P16, South Gate Road Parking area. After leaving the aid station, they will make their way back uphill to the fork described above, but will make a sharp right onto the blue Munsee-Eagle trail. The blue trail winds its way uphill a long way back to the red trail. Go right on the red trail back to the Start area and Aid Station #2 (Caretaker’s Parking Lot). The 15k race ends at the Caretaker's Lot.
Half Marathon: After leaving Aid Station #2, runners will turn left onto Long Meadow Rd.
WATCH FOR TWO WAY TRAFFIC ON THIS ROAD!
A park police officer will be there to provide assistance. Runners will then proceed down the road a couple of hundred yards and make a right at parking lot P10; there will be a course marshal here. They will then follow the orange Pine Meadow Connector trail up an old road and will make a left to continue on the orange trail over a section with rocks and up a steep hill. At the next trail junction, runners will continue straight past some large rock cairns (with the help of a course marshal) and then down to make a right on the blue Sterling Lake Trail. After making this right onto the blue trail, they will run in a counterclockwise direction around the lake; there is an important left turn to stay on the Sterling Lake trail next to the Lake which will be heavily flagged and hopefully have a course marshal. After some more roller coaster hills, runners will come to a gate and Aid Station #3. From there, it is a short distance along a paved road past some private driveways continuing on the blue trail, with a left off the road onto a trail, with a few more roots, rocks and small hills thrown in for good measure, before passing the furnace on the right and heading into the finish at the Visitor Center.
The course will be marked with orange flagging tape and arrows and course marshals will be present at three of the important turns.
IMPORTANT: THERE WILL BE A SHARP CUT-OFF AT 12:30 P.M. AT AID STATION #2 FOR THE HALF MARATHON AND AT THE 15K FINISH.
THE CUT-OFF AT THE HALF MARATHON FINISH IS 2:00 P.M.
Also, if aid station/race personnel or sweeps determine that a runner must exit the race, their opinion is final. Please accept that they are acting in your best interests as well as the best interest of the race and all concerned.