41% double track
40% single track
The course starts with 1250m of easy mown trails around open grassy fields to get you warmed up, before plunging into the cool woods for a km of beautiful mainly single track trails climbing 80m up to the Interior Trail and the AID STATION. Here the 5K course goes left, while 10k racers will go right.
The next 2km section along and down to cabin point is mainly double track through the open forest. You'll gently roll and gain another 25m before flying down to the coast and the heavier undergrowth squeezing the final single track before popping out to spectacular ocean views and the historic fisherman's shack.
Stop and admire if you wish, as you'll need to watch your footing along the next few hundred metres of coast line and over a creek. Depending on your fancy you may well be glad you're not doing all Coast Trail as this is but a mild taste of it's many technical and often steep challenges.
The next 2km of single track are the race's toughest with a long incline fairly-straight up a river valley, then twisting along the Interior Trail below Babbington Hill and through some open sections with lichen draped trees. There are a few definite technical sections and you'll reach the maximum elevation of about 180m. Mainly downhill from here!
The next half-km of double track until the likely welcome aid station may look familiar as you ran it the other direction earlier. Really fast runners may encounter the final few outbound on this section.
After the station you'll be following the second half of the 5K course, and fast runners may start increasingly overtaking those participants by the finish. Pass with care and courtesy calling out. In fact the whole course is open so please be respectful of other park users at all times.
The next km is half double track and half sweet single track, all mainly downhill and very runnable. One last gentle double track climb, then a fast rewarding km run down to near the parking lot. Out onto the top grassy field for a final 600m of encouraging cheers diagonally across then back the starting leg to the finish.