This is a general depiction of the entire American Odyssey Relay course. For specifics, please see the Individual Leg Maps section.
If you want to get a better sense of how long it will take you and your team to run, check out our relay race calculator for TEAMS of 12 created by one of our relay participants!
- 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 you will run through Boonsboro and Keedysville and then 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! You’ll arrive at night in 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!
We hope you love this course as much as we do!
The information below describes the length and difficulty of each leg and contains specific points of interest. Clicking on the link will open a printable PDF for the leg noted. The PDFs are broken out into two pages each for ease of use. One page contains the map, elevation chart and runner directions. The other page contains the van directions and points of interest.
Please also consult the Leg Difficulty Chart to see our view of how the legs stack up against each other. Remember that the Leg Difficulty Chart is purely subjective. Part of the fun of the relay is arguing about which legs are more difficult and why!
Please Note: Distances on the PDFs are per segment, whereas distances on the interactive maps are cumulative. That’s why they don’t match exactly. These maps are pretty close to exact, but they aren’t perfect. Neither are GPS devices. If you find that your GPS device measures the leg differently by .1 or even .2 on a long leg, please don’t get cranky on us! Feel free to email us about larger discrepancies a few days after the event if you are concerned.