Start Line: Pouch Cove (Lat/Lon: 47.762021, -52.762973)
Stage 1 Pouch Cove to Flatrock.
15.1 km East Coast Trail. Towards the end of this stage, as you are leaving Red Head Cove, there is a left turn onto the ECT to go around the headland. You should take this turn rather than continuing straight on along an ATV track.
Flatrock Aid Station and Relay Transition (Lat/Lon: 47.704992, -52.710386)
Stage 2 Flatrock to Middle Cove.
1.1 km road
Flatrock to Torbay 8.7 km East Coast Trail. Make sure you run out to the split rock at the end of Flatrock. No shortcuts.
About halfway along this section, the trail splits. There is a signpost; take the trail to the left marked “difficult”. This turn will be marked with orange flagging tape. Careful on the cliff path; do not fall off.
On approaching Torbay, keep left across the bridge marked “closed”. You will follow the trail around the beach and up the hill on the other side of the bay to the road.
1.4 km road.
Torbay to Middle Cove 2.4 km East Coast Trail. This section includes crossing Motion River. Stay left on the ECT to make an easy crossing of the river near the ocean. Continue to stay left on the ECT, following the ocean, until you reach Middle Cove Beach. Keep your head up on this section; there is a fence blocking off a part of the trail. Don’t run into it.
Middle Cove Aid Station and Relay Transition (Lat/Lon: 47.650311, -52.696599)
Stage 3 Middle Cove to Quidi Vidi.
2.9 km road
Outer Cove to Red Cliff 8.2 km East Coast Trail. Follow the boardwalk and path until you come out facing the ocean. Nice view. The trail splits. Turn RIGHT.
Stay on the ECT until you reach a wooden ECT sign marked. Turn right past a radio tower and some graffitied buildings (check out the graffiti; nice daubing) to head down the steep hill to the road.
3.5 km road
Logy Bay to Quidi Vidi 8.9 km East Coast Trail. This is the most technically challenging part of the course, but thankfully this is where the fun really starts. Your legs will be shot from the recent road running and the previous 40-odd km. Because of the enormous amount of fun during this stage you will probably question why you are doing this – just remember there is a bottle of beer and warm clothes at the end.
Coming down the final hill you will need to carefully follow the people-signs for the ECT, not the bicycle signs. There will be flagging tape to lead you down to a very short road section to the Inn of Olde.
Finish Line – inside the Inn of Olde!