“What a course… the first half draws you in, and the second half BEATS YOU UP!”

Kevin Ashton – 2017 finisher.

*** This course will have upwards of 6,000 feet of elevation gain. It will be well marked with race specific flags and signs. Each runner will be given detailed course descriptions and major intersections will be marked, however runners should have basic trail navigational skills (following blazes and numbered trails with the map) We suggest you carry a water filtration device such as this.****

Full Course Elevation Profile

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Full Course Route

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5 Aid Stations will be stocked with standard “Ultra Food” and 1 water drop

Chuck” an aid Station. In continuation of Chuck Ward’s 2019 race in which he wrote a thank you note to each aid station – We ask you carry on the tradition and do the same. “Chucking an aid station” will be a MOTG Tradition

Chips -Pretzles- Swedish Fish- Candy -Pickles_ Salt/E-tabs – Water – Gu

Section Directions Mileage
Start to High Banks aid station

Starting at the Dam Overlook, runners will take Trail 20 along the gorge.  Trail 20 will turn into beautiful single-track, then it ends at a road crossing.  Trail 20 picks back up on the other side of the road.  **Cars have the right-of-way here.  Please be cautious when you cross the road.** eventually this becomes trail 19a.  19A turns right onto Trail 19.  You will run past an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) barracks (all that’s left is the chimney!) and down to the Silver Creek Outlet.  Cross the creek, pass by a beautiful waterfall and take Trail 18 up across a bridge and out to the road.  Make a left onto Park Road and continue along the road for about 1 mile to the camping check-in entrance road and your first aid station.  There are bathrooms behind the camper check-in building.

*** Any section along Park Road is not to be run on the shoulder nor the road – Runner must follow the course which will hug the tree line off of the road ***

Course Cut-Off is 8am.

Aid Station closes at 8:00am runners must be through before 8

dam to highbanks Run Strava Elevation gain -~1100-1200 feet

~7.5 miles


High Banks to Tea Tables aid station

Take Trail 17 down and it will connect with Trail 15, which will eventually loop back up toward the road (via a huge climb).  This section will take about 2.75 miles.  Go left on Park Road for another 2.5 miles —Again you will be running this section alongside the road, but not ON the road. Cross the road at trail #11. Stay on trail 11 (for about 1.5 miles) all the way back to Park Rd. Crossing it, making a right and entering Trail #13  Make a left on Trail 13(for about 1 mile) which will cut down to Trail 1 and the St. Helena Picnic Area,  there are also bathrooms here. Continue uphill on trail #1 along the edge of the gorge for .5 miles and this will bring you to the tea tables area and aid station #2

*** Any section along Park Road is not to be run on the shoulder nor the road – Runner must follow the course which will hug the tree line off of the road ***

Cut off time for runners here is at 10:30am (4.5 hours)

Aid Station Closes at 10:30am  runners must be through before it is packed up

highbanks to st helena Run Strava

Elevation  gain: ~1,300-1,500 feet



total miles  ~15.8

Tea Tables to Lower Falls Aid Station – 

Continue on Trail 1 (the gorge trail).  You will pass through several beautiful areas where your crew can also see you and cheer you on.  You will go through the Tea Table Area, Wolf Creek Area, you will cross a bridge over Wolf Creek, climb some stairs, and then continue on Trail 1.  Pass the Great Bend Overlook, and stay on Trail 1 toward Lower Falls. At the Adventure Calls office you will square around the parking lot and find the Lower Falls Shelter right there. This is where your drop bag will be if you brought one. There are bathrooms, water, and a parking lot right here.

COURSE CUT OFF You must be OUT of the aid station at Lower Falls and on the stairs by noon – Not a minute later. This means you have 6 hours to cover the first 20 miles of course. Once you leave this aid station the course becomes remote and while you can drop (and hike to the road for pick up) There are also cut offs on the other side – An official finish at this point means making it to the finish before 8 pm (14 hours)

Aid Station Closes at noon 

St Helena to lower falls Run Strava Elevation gain: 1,000-1,200 feet

~4.5 miles


Total Miles ~20.3

Lower Falls to Lean-to some aid.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the crew support because you are now crossing the river to the more remote area of the park.  You will leave the aid station at Lower Falls and pick up the trail to lower falls here. Follow the trail towards lower falls and take 127 steps down to an incredible stone bridge across the river.  Running down the stairs is prohibited  as they are old, crumbly and can be slippery.  Take your time and enjoy the scenery here.   Across the bridge, Trail 6A connects and you begin the climb out of the gorge. Continue on trail 6A  which climbs to the road on beautiful single track next to stunning waterfalls.  At the top of Trail 6a, you will turn left onto the beat up park road. Run down this rolling road eventually making a right towards the remote cabins of the park (crew are prohibited from entering the cabin area – you must stop before the right hand turn). Trail #9 is on your right hand side in between a few cabins. (there is a water spiget here if you would like to refill, consider it you won’t have aid for a bit) You will climb trail #9 (dishmill creek) taking a right to stay on #9 where you will run for 1 mile all the way up to River Road. Making a left onto River Road (crew are prohibited on this section of river road – please follow directions from park to river road access)  and then quickly making a left onto the Finger Lakes Trail. Staying on the FLT for about 3.5 miles to the Lean-to and your next aid station. The FLT is blazed yellow – There are several off shoots that are blue that you will not be taking. Stay on the FLT.

Course cut off is 3:00pm

Lean – to aid station closes at 3:00pm – Runners must be through the aid station by this time.

lower falls to lean to motg Run Strava

Elevation gain: ~1300-1400

~7 miles


Total Miles 27.3

From Lean to Some Aid to the Final Countdown Aid Station

Leaving the Lean-to, make a left on the yellow blazed Finger Lakes Trail to continue north. This begins the most difficult stretch of the race – This section is 8.6ish miles long – Due to Covid restrictions We will NOT have an unmanned water stop somewhere along the way but you must be prepared to carry nutrition and hydration for the 8.6 miles. Please consider what you will need for this stretch. You will remain on the the yellow blazed FLT this entire stretch. DO NOT turn on any blue trails.

Course Cut off here is 6:00pm

Final Countdown Aid Station closes at 6:00pm – Runners must be through before then

MOTG. LeanToSomeAid to Final Count Down Aid Station Run Strava

Elevation Gain: 1,935



Total Miles ~35.8

From The Final Countdown Aid Station to the Finish

Continuing North again on the FLT – Once you leave the aid station you will follow the FLT North all the way to the parking lot at the Mount Morris Dam. At the trail head – you will turn a sharp right hugging the parking lot for a few hundred feet before making another right in to the finish line. High-Five Eric and Sheila and celebrate with a specialty event beer from Athletic Brewing Company.

The finish line closes officially at 8:00pm 14 hours after the race starts.

final count down aid to finish line motg Run Strava

Elevation gain: ~500-600

Total Course Elevation Gain: ~6000-7000 feet.


Total Miles ~40.5 ish



MOTG Course Guide 2021