Both races begin at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center in Vernonia, go around the lake, proceed onto the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The half finishes at the Tophill Trailhead and the full finishes on the Banks High School track. Most of the course runs on the paved trail through scenic woods.The trail is mostly flat with a gradual uphill from miles 9 to 13. The trail crosses several roads, but is otherwise closed to traffic. Aid stations and potties at Miles 2, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15.5, 19, 21.5, 23.