I'm running the Yellowstone Half Marathon in June and the course is dirt road and trail, with one major hill. From the course map, it looks like the 'trail' portion would be about 4 miles (and that is where the 400-foot climb is) with the remainder on dirt road. I don't have a sense of how smooth vs rocky either the dirt road or trail are. Where I live, there aren't really any dirt roads so my runs are either on pavement or on technical singletrack trails. What kind of shoes are good for running on dirt roads? Any recommendations?
My 'long run' shoes right now are Brooks Pure Flows and they would be fine on smooth dirt roads but they don't have a lot of traction on some surfaces. My trail running shoes are New Balance WT101 and are falling apart, so I need to get a new pair of trail shoes, but I'm not sure that the shoes I would want for my rocky local trails would be the same as I would want for this half. Not that I'm opposed to buying more shoes than strictly necessary!