Please note that we are in the process of updating this so that it reflects the changes in legs 16-24.
This is a general depiction of the entire American Odyssey Relay course. For specifics, please see the Individual Leg Maps.
- A map;
- An elevation chart;
- Detailed turn by turn directions with mileage for each segment noted;
- Van directions; and
- Points of interest including sightseeing opportunities, bathrooms and food availability.
As with previous years, the race will start in Gettysburg, PA in the shadow of the Civil War battlefields. We strongly recommend that you take full advantage of the amazing Gettysburg National Military Park by arriving early.
From Gettysburg we will head out to Fairfield, PA. We will cross a beautiful covered bridge, climb a monster hill (leg 6), run the dirt roads in Michaux State Forest (twice) and slowly begin to make our way toward MD. Our Gettysburg/Fairfield running buddy, Nancy Petrosky, has her fingerprints all over this fantastic part of the course.
It will be getting dark as many runners cross the famed Mason-Dixon line from the old north into the old south. Leg 12 will end at Smithsburg High School. Smithsburg High cross country coach Ray Shriver has been great at working with us on this portion of the course.
From Smithsburg we have some exciting changes this year. We’ll be changing the course beginning at leg 16. For those who told us they loved Boonsboro, but not enough to see it three times – we heard you! Current plans have you running from Sharpsburg Elementary School over the James Rumsey Bridge and down the towpath. You’ll take a quick jaunt to Snyder’s Landing (the first and only time the Potomac will and should ever be on your left!) and then head back to Shepherdstown and the University of Shepherdstown.
From Shepherdstown, we will head to Keedysville and then on to the Price Farm at the end of leg 17 where Wendy Price and her family will greet you in the middle of the night with fun stuff! From here the race continues as it has in the past. It’s off to Sharpsburg, home of the Antietam Battlefield. We will run through the battlefield during the middle of the night and on into the wee hours of the morning. From Antietam we will head to Shepherdstown, WV and the Bavarian Inn for a great early morning transition 24, complete with a pancake breakfast, before coming back towards Harpers Ferry, another famous Civil War landmark. Along the way to DC we will pass historic Riley’s Lock and Great Falls, MD.
The final runner will get to run over the Key Bridge into VA and then back over the 14th Street Bridge before finishing with teammates at the SW Waterfront in Washington, DC. Our finish line party improves every year and we will keep that pattern going this year!