Enjoy nature in one of the most beautiful areas of Columbia, MD. Starting and finishing at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge, the half marathon & 10K takes place on the Patuxent and Wincopin trailsl. The course runs along the Little Patuxent and Middle Patuxent River. The terrain is tame compared to many trail courses. This race is appropriate for beginners and intermediate runners.
?This race will start at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge on Guilford Road - 9175 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046. This is an address for a parking lot. The trail race will start in the parking lot directly across the street from 9175 Guilford Road.
7:30 a.m. Packet Pick-Up Opens
9:00 a.m. Wave 1 start (per mile pace, 8:30 and faster)*
9:03 a.m. Wave 2 start (per mile pace, 8:31 – 9:30)*
9:06 a.m. Wave 3 start (per mile pace, 9:31 – 10:30)*
9:09 a.m. Wave 4 start (per mile pace, 10:31 – 11:30)*
9:12 a.m. Wave 5 start (11:31 and slower)*
10:30 a.m. 10K Awards Presentation (estimate)
11:12 a.m. Half Marathon course cut off time, mile 6.6 (turn around)
11:30 a.m. Half Marathon Awards Presentation (subject to change)
To ensure runner safety and to reduce the amount of passing during the first few miles of the race, participants have been placed into waves based on their average pace per mile as entered during online registration. Each wave will consist of both half marathon and 10K participants. Participants must start in their assigned waves. If your average pace is list incorrectly but only by 30 seconds or so, please remain in your assigned wave. If you feel strongly that you should be placed in a different wave, please notify us at athlete check-in on Saturday or Sunday (emails are no longer being accepted at this time).
Wave Start List
Wave start list will be published one week prior to race day. To view the wave start list, click HERE.
The half marathon and 10K (6.55 miles) course runs along the Little & Middle Patuxent River. The race starts and finishes at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge on Guilford Road in Columbia, MD. The race in a loop course along the Patuxent and Wincopin Trails. 3 miles of the course is packed gravel trail and 3 miles of the course is on natural surface trail. A very small portion of the course is on paved/sidewalk surface. The following are prohibited from the course: pets, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.
The 10K course (one loop) is 6.55 miles in length. The half marathon course (two loops) is the 10K loop twice. To view the course map, click HERE.
HALF Marathon Course Requirement
All runners will reach mile 6.55 (start 2nd loop) in 2 hours. Runners that have not completed this distance by 11:12 AM will not be permitted to continue on the course. A 20:00 per mile pace was used to determine this required course cut off time.
Runners must be at least 14 years old to participate in the half marathon and at least 7 years old for the 10K.