The Shawsville 5K course is one of the flattest road courses in the entire region. It is essentially a simple loop.
It begins just east (or downhill) of Shawsville Middle School on Rte. 1009 (Shawnee Court). The starting line is at the turning circle at the top of the hill. Runners make a right turn at the bottom onto Rte. 753 (Old Town Road), where they encounter a slight, uphill grade, which occasionally undulates and continues to the one mile mark.
The course then flattens and continues to the water stop at the mile and a half mark just before reaching Ryan Hollow.
When Old Town Road meets US 460, the runners turn left onto the left-hand shoulder of the highway (US 460). At this point the gradient reverses to a slight, downhill one, which continues through the two mile mark to Shawsville’s main intersection. Runners next turn left onto Rte. 637 (Stewart Lane) where they encounter the one significant hill, which is approximately fifty meters in length. “It is not what it is, but where it is, that makes this rise a critical feature.” Atop the hill, runners stay right to rejoin Oldtown Road, and continue downhill for the remaining half-mile or so of the race. At Shawnee Court, runners turn left and sprint for the finish, which is only fifty meters ahead.