I got stir-crazy today, drove out and clocked the course in my car. It'll total 3.5-4 miles, the parts I couldn't drive included.
From starting line, it'll look like this:
1. Run up a logging road for roughly .5 miles.
2. Rifle stage: VTAC-style board at 75-100 yards. 8-inch gong, 1 hit through each hole. 5-7 rds.
3. Run another .25 miles up the hill.
4. Rifle stage: targets up a hill at 75, 100, and 225 yards. 8- inch gong, 2 hits each. 6 rds
5. Run back down the hill .25 miles.
6. Pistol stage: 8-inch gongs at 10, 15, and 25 yards. 2 hits each. 6 rds.
7. Run another .5 miles down the road
8. Pistol/rifle stage: using the provided rope, ascend the dirt embankment (it's probably 15 feet high, way too steep to get up without a rope) and engage 2 pistol and 1 rifle targets. Pistol, then transition to rifle, then pistol again. 2 hits each, 4 pistol, 2 rifle.
9. Run 2 miles down the logging road and up a steep motherfucker of a hill:
10: rifle stage: 4-5 targets at various distances and angles, from 50 to prolly 300+ yards. All man-sized, two hits each. 10rds.
11. Run partway back down the hill to the finish line, collapse, eat chili, and hydrate.
Total targets required: 9 8-inch gongs, 4 or 5 man-sized ones. I have two of the 8-inchers.
Minimum ammo required: 25 rifle hits, 10 pistol hits.
I'm going to give it a trial run in 3 weeks, 21March. I won't bother to set up all the targets first, but I'll at least run the course and pop off some rounds at each stage. The first cluster of stages is up and back down a clearcut hill, then there's a long run to the second hill, which is much better suited for long-range shooting.
After the Pawnee Run, I want a long run in the mix just to up the suck factor, but the last stage will be totally worth it. The second clearcut area has a pretty commanding hilltop, and room to engage targets a looong ways off, and at different angles ranges, and heights. The targets will be engaged in a non-linear order, too, and the shooter will have to reorient to a new position between shots.
Think of it as defending a hilltop from an assault. After running 3 miles to get there. Should be a fun stage.
The finish line is a lookout point with a pretty big clearing. Campfire if we want it, burn ban and heat notwithstanding, shade, and chow. Everything except the last stage is vehicle-access, so finishers can be shuttled back at the end.
All I need now is to acquire more targets, stands, and get the word out.
Oh, and do PT, because running up and down hills in my kit isn't going to be easy.