The Course - UPDATED 11/25/2018
Important changes to the 2018 marathon course!
Due to severe flooding at Falls Lake, the original marathon course is no longer safe for runners or volunteers. We have done our best to come up with an alternate route and plan that will still allow you to enjoy the trails. The marathon will now be an out-and-back course on the MST starting and finishing at West Point on the Eno Amphitheater and turning-around at Pleasant Green Rd. Total distance will be approximately 20 miles. Please see the logistics page for more important information about this change.
General course information:
The single track course is generally rolling with a number of short, but steep, ascents and descents. The course surface is mostly dirt, but includes many obstacles including tree roots, rocks, and uneven ground. The Mountains to Sea Trail passes through Eno River State Park, Durham’s West Point on the Eno Park, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve and affords views of the Eno River from high bluffs and riverside trails. Multiple old home and mill sites and the old Durham Pump Station are viewable from the trail. The trail also passes through old growth forests, dense laurel groves, old farms and bottomlands. The course follows the Eno River east to west on trails and greenways. There are only a few short roadside stretches and minimal road crossings.
Marathon and 10-miler start at West Point on the Eno Amphitheater
The 10-miler finishes near the Eno Rock Quarry and the marathon finishes back at West Point
Elevation profile and detailed trail notes for Segment 10 of the Mountain to Sea Trail. The finish for the 10-miler is at about mile marker 2 on the elevation profile.
For more information, see Logistics
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REVISED 2018 Marathon Course
REVISED 2018 10-Miler Course