Runners follow an out-and-back loop course at the Pictured Rocks Road Race, which starts and finishes at Bayshore Park, along the shoreline of Lake Superior. From there, the course takes runners through town and along a combination of paved roads — many of which are hilly, organizers note — and dirt-surface trails through the forested areas along the lakeshore. The most challenging part of the race is the trek up “Stink Hill,” which persuades many runners to walk up the hill, at least for a stretch.
Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed. If you see an error above, contact us here.