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Trails & Ales Course Descriptions

Tall Boy

Our Tall Boy loop is an 8 mile-ish run that pairs medium to high climbs with smooth paths along the river. What might be considered strenuous is mellowed out with scenic views, earthy aromas, and a fun finish. Download the PDF version here!Trails & Ales 8 miler option

The 8 mile start is a 10th and Railroad Avenue.  Participants will head west on Railroad Avenue and then enter the Buttermilk East Trail.  Participants will then transition to the Buttermilk Trail then later onto Buttermilk Heights until they get to the Boulevard Bridge.  These two sections of the Buttermilk will provide participants with their most challenging moments of the course as it is known for its tight, twisty turns and steep climbs and descents with lots of rocks and roots.  Participants can take a quick breather as they take in the gorgeous view above the James River while crossing the Boulevard Bridge.  Then it is back to the trails as the course accesses the North Bank Trail.  After a section of trail participants are on the road for a short stint and then quickly back onto the North Bank Trail.  This trail has some steep ascents and descents similar to the Buttermilk but without as many technical turns. Near the end of the North Bank Trail make sure to check out the spectacular views of the James just below Hollywood cemetery.  The end of the North Bank Trail leads to the second crossing of the James via the Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge.  Once on Belle Isle, participants will take trails along the eastern and southern parts of Belle Isle until participants reach the 22nd Street stairs.  After meandering up the stairs and over the railroad tracks, participants will then head west back to the finish on the Buttermilk East Trail which ends on Railroad Avenue and then it is a sprint back to the finish at 10th Street.

Pint Glass

At about a 5K distance, the Pint Glass run has lower mTrails & Ales 5k optionileage compared to its 8-mile sister, but shares the same earthy aromas and scenic views. This technical run boasts a hint of pine and lots of fun…especially at the finish! Download the PDF version here!

The 5k (ish) course starts out the same as the 8 miler at 10th and Railroad Avenue.  Participants will head west on Railroad Avenue and then enter the Buttermilk East Trail.  The trail will then transition to the Buttermilk Trail.  Like the 8 mile course, this is some of the toughest parts of the course undulating climbs and descents as well as rocky and rooty terrain.  Once participants of the 3 mile course reach Reedy Creek this is where they split away from their 8 miler counterparts.  After crossing over the railroad tracks participants will access the trails just behind the James River Park headquarters and head east.  These trails that run along the James River are relatively flat and hidden in heavy tree cover.  These trails will eventually lead to the 22nd Street stairs.  After going up and over the railroad tracks, it is back on to Buttermilk East Trail headed west back to the finish line.  Railroad Avenue provides a flat asphalt sprint to the finish!

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