Marathon Map

The following map of the entire course is interactive and is linked to  To achieve a full screen view of the map, click on “View Full Version” in the upper left of the map image.  When viewing the interactive map, you can highlight a section of the course to view a more detailed elevation chart of that section.  To view a more detailed section:

  1. Move your cursor along the x-axis (mileage) of the elevation graph.  Mileage, elevation, and % grade will be displayed.
  2. Click and hold a beginning point on the elevation graph.  Drag your cursor and highlight the segment/distance that you wish to view in greater detail.  When you release your mouse, the highlighted segment will be displayed.
  3. To return to the full graph, single click the “de-select” button or single click the graph.

Marathon Course Notes:

  1. The Start and Finish Lines for Marathon are located on the gravel road of The Woodshed.
  2. The course is predominantly paved with 5 dirt/gravel road sections:
    • The first dirt/gravel section is the Start – Mile 0.15.
    • The second section, which includes private roadways (Mile 6.6 – 7.7) includes: Mile 6.6 – 7.2 uphill (+200 ft gain), followed by a downhill, Mile 7.2 – 7.7 (-185 ft loss).  The uphill section is mostly a small, tree covered lane, which follows a babbling brook.
    • The third section (Mile 10.7 – 11.0) is flat, adjacent to the New River.
    • The fourth section follows a private right-of-way along Call Creek (Mile 24.0 – 25.0).
    • The Finish is on the gravel/dirt road of The Woodshed.
  3. Race Flow:
    • Start – Mile 0.5: Gradual uphill start with rolling hills to Mile 0.5.  Run on the Right.
    • Mile 0.5 – 1.4: Long downhill (-253 ft).  Easy warm-up, but save those quads.  Run on the Right for this long downhill.
    • Mile 1.4 – 6.6: Flat section along Railroad Grade Rd and the New River (+54 ft).  Don’t let the beauty of the New River valley lull you.  Keep a lookout for bald eagle, osprey, turkey, deer…  Run on the Left.
    • Mile 6.6 – 7.7.  Time to change gears on this 1/2 mile gravel uphill (+200 ft), followed by 1/2 mile gravel downhill (-185 ft).
    • Mile 7.7 – 11.2: Flat along Railroad Grade Rd, Big Hill Rd and the New River.  You’ll skirt the edge of the historic hamlet of Todd (+41 ft).
    • Mile 10.1: You’ll run a short (550 ft) out-and-back into Todd.  The turn-around is just before the Todd Mercantile.  You will be directed to run on the Right for this short section.
    • Mile 11.2 – 12.2: Changing gears again as you run the “rolling” hills on Big Hill Rd. (+125 ft, -125 ft)  However, you will not have the “pleasure” of the road’s namesake.
    • Mile 12.2 – 14.4: Back to the scenic valley along the river and River Rd (+13 ft).
    • Mile 14.4 – 15.0: Climb to 3231 ft, the highest elevation on the course (+244 ft).
    • Mile 15.0 – 16.2: Enjoy the long recovery downhill as you drop back to the river valley (-271 ft).
    • Mile 16.2 – 23.7: Flat along the New River as you progress toward downtown Fleetwood (-83 ft).
    • Mile 23.7 – 23.9: A short climb as you depart the river valley and enter an enchanting private gravel lane along Call Creek.
    • IMPORTANT: Mack Woodie Dr (Mile 23.9 – 25.1) is a private right-of-way and can only be accessed during the New River Marathon.  DO NOT attempt to run this section outside of NRM.
    • Mile 23.9 – 25.1: Only +29 ft on this scenic stretch as you prepare for the final uphill and the push to the finish, but the one short, steep incline may give the perception of a greater gain.
    • Mile 25.1 – 25.6: The end is near! Hang in there! (+196 ft)
    • Mile 25.6 – Finish: To The FINISH!
  4. Support Stations: approximately every 2 miles.  Refer to the Race Day Logistics page for details.


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