Sprint for Monroe Course

Sprint for Monroe Course

What’s the course like?  Every runner worth their singlet asks this prior to a race.  If you’re competitive, you might stake out the course ahead of time to get the lay of the land.  If you’re new to the Sprint for Monroe, we’re here to tell you:  it isn’t a flat course.  But despite the “rolling hills” that do provide a heart pumping challenge, the course is an actual net decline.

Darrin Fodor, a competitve runner and member of the Manchester Running Club, runs the course regularly on his training runs and earned an impressive 18:56 on the course when he ran the race in 2017.  We asked him to write a strong course description for our course:

“I view this course as having three generous declines including a fast start and a fast finish. Sandwiched between the fast start and finish are 2 challenging inclines that will test your strength and stamina. Overall the course is fair with a negative elevation drop.
 
Let’s start with the beginning of the race as the opening mile is a welcoming downhill. Enjoy this but buckle down because the first challenge awaits you.
 
As you approach and pass the 1 mile mark, the course turns onto Woodlawn Rd. Woodlawn Hill is a steady climb that lasts until you hit the 1.3 mile mark. Battle through this climb because the next part of the course is generous.
 
Now we get to the fastest part of the course as you turn down Gay Bower Rd and weave through Oakwood and Greenlawn Rd. This is a one mile stretch that will be well received and you can pick it up but save some energy for Purdy Hill.
 
So Purdy Hill is the most challenging part of the course because it starts at 2.3 miles and lasts until you turn right onto Cutlers Farm Rd. I won’t sugar coat it, this part of the course hurts.
 
It’s all worth it when you finish Purdy Hill and turn right onto Cutlers Farm Rd and the final KM of the course awaits. This is the fast finish you’ve been waiting for with a steady downhill into a 200 meter drop that provides a burst across the finish line.”

If Darrin’s thorough description isn’t enough for you, check out this great video from the course courtesy of Bliss Yoga. Charles Wills ran the entire 2018 race with his GoPro to capture this unique view of our event.