The following is a verbal description of the marathon course (since the map is not real easy to read to get the actual roads at times).
Click here for a map of the Water Stops.
Note also – some of the new course is on the crushed limestone path around Ritter Park and the trail that heads west from the park. It is very compacted and fast. You do not need special shoes for this. The total of the trails on this surface is only 3 miles approximately.
Begin at the traffic light west of the pedestrian walkway at the Cam Henderson Center on 3rd Avenue and 18th Street
Head east 1.2 miles and turn right on 27th Street
South quarter mile and turn right on 5th Avenue.
Head west 1.2 miles and turn right on 20th Street
North quarter mile and turn left on 3rd Avenue and go west.
Bear right at Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. Go right thru the first floodwall opening and run west on the path thru Harris Riverfront Park. Exit the park thru the next floodwall opening and resume on Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. This becomes Virginia Avenue shortly and continues west approximately 2 miles.
Turn left on 12th Street West up a short hill.
Turn right (west) on Washington Avenue.
Turn left (north) on 14th Street West and run thru Central City until you reach Memorial Blvd just beyond the train trestle.
Turn right on Memorial Blvd and go to the start of the trail that leads to Ritter Park. You will stay on this trail until Ritter Park. At 8th Street you enter Ritter Park. On entering the park you will do a counter-clockwise loop on the path which will go around the fountain and stay on the sidewalk or park path at all times. Exit Ritter Park at 8th Street where you will turn right (north) and head to 6th Avenue.
Turn left on 6th Avenue and go west ¾ miles.
Turn right on 1st Street staying east of the oncoming runners and head north.
Turn right on Virginia Avenue and head east. This becomes Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.
Turn left thru the floodwall and head east thru Harris Riverfront Park on the trail in reverse of what was done earlier in the race.
Exit the park thru the next opening in the floodwall and head east-northeast on Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. This turns into 3rd Avenue and you go directly east.
Turn right on Hal Greer Blvd (16th Street) and go north on the sidewalk.
Turn left into campus at 4th Avenue and run along a brick path that takes you alongside “Old Main”. Follow this around a circle and stay north of the John Marshall Statue in the middle of the circle. At the statue head thru campus on the pathway heading east. Head straight towards Hodges Hall and then bear right just outside the building and head around it. GO right after the tennis courts and head straight to the Rec Center on the path. Cross 20th Street.
Marathoner now go right for their second loop while half-marathoners turn left. At the stadium the half-marthoners will now enter the north east entrance (not the northwest entrance as in previous years). Go to the south end of the stadium and go right to the goal post. Then turn and head to the finish at the North Goal line.
Marathoners meanwhile will have turned right at 20th Street as noted then a left at 5th Avenue. The first 2 miles of the course is reversed so that now it will be left on 27th and left on 3rd Avenue. This is taken west and will then follow the first loop.