The 50K race start and 100K turnaround will be at the
Your first impression might be that the old railgrade will suck. Well, that's not entirely the case. From the zoo, you will rise ever so slightly all the way to the intersection with Skyline Parkway (100K runners will descend ever so slightly to the turnaround). There is also a detour off the grade, under an old trestle that is somewhat unsafe to cross, up a singletrack trail to the aid station at Magney-Snively and then back down a rough, rocky old road/ATV trail to the railgrade. Once this detour is completed, you'll stay on the railgrade the rest of the way...skirting some washouts, enjoying some tremendous views of the St. Louis River, and passing cool rock cuts. It's actually pretty darn nice. A little easier than the normal Wild Duluth course, but also about a mile longer. I ran the whole thing to determine the distance, and it really is interesting and I don't like railgrades myself.
One thing to note. Runners with very minimal shoes without any rockplates will have sore feet after running on the grade. There is a lot of gravel and small rocks that poke the bottoms of your feet and they will be sore. You may want some more beefy shoes for this section.
Complete update with maps will be posted soon. Please refer to the main page of the website for all of the 2012 changes and info.