The race is run primarily in the Howard/Porter Passive Recreation Area on Ferguson Street in Manchester, Conn.
The start and finish is actually on Ferguson Street itself so a total of about 200 yards is run on the road.
We call it a 5k, but really its probably a 5.25k (hey, the name just sounds better- actual course distance measures 3.25 miles). Starting on Ferguson Street the course is primarily uphill for the first mile before you hit some flat and gradual downhill starting in mile 2, mile three is very much downhill. Because the course starts on road we do not recommend spikes but trail shoes are highly recommended.