Is it possible to put gpx or kml (Google Earth) files on the CTR website for the race courses, so that those of us who use GPS watches and/or Google Earth could have a look at the course in advance and set up our watches accordingly?
While not a solution prior to the upcoming run, why don't you enlist a few volunteers (signed up runners) who have GPS watches to send you a gpx file after the run so you can have it (and post it) the next time you do this course? Given the fairly widespread use of GPS systems these days, gpx files or Google Earth's kml files are to some as topo maps are to others. Being able to 'see' the course ahead of time may encourage more people unfamiliar with the area to come out and run.
Excellent effort but I got airsick watching it. Sort of reminded me of the drive up to Skyline Ridge. Good thing we'll all be on terra firma and can smooth out our turns while running! But thanks for experimenting with new ways to view the course. For me, just seeing the course in Google Earth (kml file) and/or my fitness software (SportTracks) will be fine. What I like to look for are landmarks, open terrain, roads/streams, major terrain changes, trail type/width and just the overall course area. It's not all that scientific but it helps a bit to decide on the race, and helps a bit more when running it.