Conquer the Cove 25k Course Description

25k Course Description (2440ft of elevation gain):

For those of you looking for the last step before trying a Trail Marathon, this is it.  This course should give you the challenge, mentally and physically, that you need to be able confidently enter a road or trail marathon.

Elevation Profile

Although there isn’t a time limit or cut-off for the 25k, this isn’t a race for walkers. We have an expectation that all entrants will, at the minimum, run/jog the flats and downhills and be able to make it to Water Stop 2 (mile 8) in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Water Stop Plan
Runners will leave Loch Haven Lake and run onto Timberview Road heading to Carvins Cove.  At the end of Timberview Road runners will go through the gate and then take a left onto the Trough.  This is a 1.13 mile steep climb.  This will bring you to the Brushy Mountain Fire Road.  Here you will take a left for .4 miles towards Buck, which is on your right (AS #1 – 2.88 Miles – water only).  We’ll call this the “Overconfidence Gap” aid station.  Buck starts out as a steep rocky downhill and then rolls for a total of 1.26 miles.  At this point you will take a right onto Hotel for 1.14 miles.  At the next trail intersection you will take a right onto Hi-Dee-Hoe for .3 miles until you veer left onto the 4 Gorge Trail.  This is a 2.38 mile rolling up and down trail.  This will take to Brushy Mtn. Fire Road and the “Oasis” (AS #2 – 7.97 Miles – water, Skratch, food).

This is an important spot on the course because the Marathoners will continue heading straight for their 10 mile loop and the 25k runners will head right heading up the long 1000ft climb on the Brushy Mountain Fire Road.

From here you will take a right and start climbing for 2.41 miles to the top of the climb.   From the top you will have a .92 mile descent to the “Are We There Yet” aid station (AS #7 –  11.3 Miles – water, Skratch, food).  Now it is a rip roaring descent on the Gauntlet.  This is a 2.16 mile fast descent that will have you ready for a flat stretch of trail.  At the bottom you will take a right onto Horse Pen for 1.25 mile.  Horse Pen is a an old access road that will take you to the gate that you came to at the start of the race.  Go through the gate and you will be at the “Feets Don’t Fail Me Now” aid station (WS #8 – 14.71 – water only).  Now onto the asphalt of Timberview Road  for .76 miles, where you will take a left onto Loch Haven Lake property and the last .39 miles to the Finish!

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