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Discussion: Adena trace trail at Brookville lake

in: mikeminium; mikeminium > 2010-10-19

Oct 20, 2010 12:29 PM # 
A few weekends ago I did some hiking on the Adena Trace trail. I thought, "this would be a really great place for a trail marathon," because that loop is 25 miles around the lake, and it's a really nice trail to be on.
Oct 20, 2010 2:40 PM # 
It would be. I have covered the entire route, but not all at one time. What were the conditions? Some sections have been a little overgrown at times. I have considered the possibility before that OCIN should host a trail race around the lake. Start could go across the causeway to spread people out before starting on the trail. I'd suggest a counterclockwise loop since the first half is pretty remote to access, while the east side has a much better rescue index (less distance between access points), so later in the race there would be more frequent opportunities to aid or collect tired/injured runners. I bet we could even get a certain state trooper (or two) to provide an escort / send-off for the start :-)
Oct 20, 2010 5:31 PM # 
On Saturday I hiked from the midway trail to the main trail on the west side and south from there. The midway trail was in great condition, but the western trail (wolf creek trail?) was noticeably not as well maintained. It had a couple logs over it, and enough leaves on it that I lost the trail once.

On Sunday I hiked south from the Fairfield causeway on the east side to the next road that it crosses. That trail was in very good condition there.
Oct 20, 2010 6:20 PM # 
OK, Jeremy and I ran that east side section a while back and it was pretty overgrown. He got a nasty dose of poison ivy out of it.
Oct 20, 2010 9:28 PM # 
Nice idea. To make it clear that it's an OCIN event, how about setting a few controls around the lake and giving runners a map? Each control punched would deduct two or three minutes from your total time (but would only take a minute or so to punch if you know how to read a map.) This way, slow good navigators could compete with fast arrogant trail runners.
Oct 21, 2010 5:03 PM # 
So basically a 26.2 mile yellow course. Do you think anyone would sign up to do that?

What's the sport in the Olympics where the cross country skiers shoot targets? It could be something like that - run 8 miles and do 2 miles of orienteering, and repeat. Although that might limit the number of people that would want to do it. (Your idea is probably better).
Oct 21, 2010 7:51 PM # 
Oct 21, 2010 8:47 PM # 
The Hudson Highlander is a metric marathon (26.2 km), and includes a trail run of about 6-7 km.
Oct 21, 2010 11:48 PM # 
According to the signs at MSRA, total mileage around the lake totals about 30. This does not include crossing the causeway and probably does not include the short on-road section at Garr Hill Ramp. I think it includes crossing the dam but I'm not 100% sure. So you could probably tinker with start and finish to make this a 50 km trail race. The only easy place to cut any distance would be to substitute the 3.5 mile road run on Scenic Drive (closed to traffic) for the 5 mile parallel trail segment, but that doesn't shave it down to marathon length, and trail runner purists might be put off by that long a road segment.

The map signs indicate that the west side section is 16 miles and east side trails add up to about 14, not counting the Glidewell loops. The sign measurement of the long route on Glidewell is definitely off, but from past experience on the trails I'd say that most of the other distances sound pretty good. I expect that the park's Glidewell long measurement (4.5 vs 3.3 by my watch) is off because they probably also counted the short loop connection, which you don't actually do as part fo the long loop.

For a 50 km version, the only pavement would be crossing the causeway (probably do that at the start to spread runners out before entering the trail), crossing the dam, a very short section of Scenic Drive at the Garr Hill boat ramp, and possibly a re-crossing of the causeway for the finish.

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