The Lake Norman YMCA is located at the end of Davidson Street in northern Cornelius, right off highway 115. Although there's only one way in and out for automobiles, there's a pedestrian walkway that begins across the parking lot from the main building and dumps onto Church St. Begin your run here and head south on Church St., then right on Washam. Turn right on Catawba Springs into Victoria Bay subdivision. At this point refer to the map below; in essence, you'll be completing a large circle around Victoria Bay's perimeter, then out its main entrance. Turn left on Catawba Ave. toward downtown Cornelius, then left on Church St. (there's a traffic light) and head straight back to the Lake Norman YMCA.
The primary benefit of this course is that there is relatively little traffic with with to contend, and the route has sidewalks all the way through. You can also connect this route to others in order to get a long run. We'll discuss additional routes that embark from the Lake Norman YMCA in future posts.
Thanks to Chris Jones for suggesting this post!