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7th Annual Damn Yeti 50 Miler & 55k

June 7, 2025 @ 50 miler – 7:00 AM EDT & 55k 7:00 AM EDT

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2025 EVENT DETAILS
An Appalachian foot race by born & raised Appalachians.
Thank you for your support!!

Dont miss out on the fastest ultra course in the country!! Complete with Yeti Party at the Finish!!

DAM YETI 55K/50Mile
Race Overview
This is a point to point race. You will be shuttled from near the finish area to the start line.

RACE TIMING
All Yeti Events are timed by ZEN ARCADE TIMING .
ZEN ARCADE provides professional chip timing for YETI TRAIL RUNNERS events from hourly races with to 200 miles insuring timing and lap accuracy with up to date advanced displays.

50 Miler Race Day Schedule

Start: 7 am-Whitetop Station
Finish: Sweetbay Brewing Co.- Abingdon, VA
When: Saturday, June 7th 2025
Where: Shuttle leaves from Abingdon Trailhead @ 6am race morning.

This is a great first timers course and a great course to chase down a PR!!!
This is a cupless race! A hydration pack/bottle is mandatory. The race will start from Whitetop Station and run towards the terminus of the Virginia Creeper Trail ( ABINGDON ) . first Aid station in Taylors Valley and then on to Damascus Aid !!! Between Damascus and Alvarado there are tales of a magical broken pepsi machine that dispenses magical potions! From Alvarado you will continue towards Abingdon Station and then not far from the terminus you will turn around(your pacer can pick you up here) and head back to Alvarado – then head back to the terminus & the 50 Mile runners will turn right and finish at Sweetbay Brewing Co.

55k Race Day Schedule

Start: 7 am-Whitetop Station
Finish: Sweetbay Brewing Co.- Abingdon, VA
When: Saturday, June 7th 2025
Where: Shuttle leaves from Abingdon Trailhead @ 6am race morning.

This is a great first timers course and a great course to chase down a PR!!!
This is a cupless race! A hydration pack/bottle is mandatory. The race will start from Whitetop at the beginning of the Virginia Creeper Trail with 9.8 miles of downhill to the first aid station Taylors Valley. These miles are effortless and offer some of the best views of the national forest. From Taylors Valley you continue downhill for another 6.9 miles to the town of Damascus. From Damascus you will travel to the small town of Alvarado where the aid station is located. Between Damascus and Alvarado there are tales of a magic broken pepsi machine that dispenses magical potions! From Alvarado you will continue to Abingdon Station which marks the end of the Virginia Creeper Trail 55k runners will turn right and finish at Sweetbay Brewing Co.

Pepsi Challenge 25K

Sunday June 8th, 2025

Race Overview:

This is a point to point race starting at the infamous yeti Pepsi machine and ending in Abingdon’s new Meadows complex ! This is a great distance for all trailrunners !

A custom yeti medal for all finishers !!!

A special award for those that complete Saturdays & Sundays Race 25K

Start: 7am Pepsi Machine

Finish:  Meadows -78 Cook St, Abingdon, VA 24210

Cut-off 4:59:59 hours

cut off times

55k Ultrapacer Plan

55K Cutoff:  9:59:59

50 Miler Ultrapacer Plan

50 Miler Cutoff: 12:59:59

race details

DROP BAGS- 50 Miler

 50K – NO DROP BAGS

Reasonable Size Only Allowed for 50 Milers. 50 Miler bags will be collected at packet pick – up. Bags will be located at Alvarado and returned to the finish after the last 50 mile yeti comes thru Alvarado Station.

PACERS

Pacers: 50 Milers ONLY !

Pacers you can choose to run in from the Abingdon trailhead and meet your runner at the turn around or meet your runner the SECOND TIME at Alvarado/Watagua

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The race staff/volunteers do NOT shuttle runners. 

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

HYDRATION

Every runner must carry a bottle or hydration pack with a minimum capacity

of 16oz hydration and 500 calories.. Cupless Event- Please bring a reuseable  cup

GETTING LOST

Every year thousands of visitors get on a bike and make it to Abingdon. This is a rails to trails. Trains don’t make lefts or rights and neither should you. Don’t be the first person to ever get lost on the Creeper Trail.

Pay attention at all road crossing and trail junctions.

YETI TIP

Please pick up your feet for the first 9.8 miles especially coming into Taylors Valley. The creeper train used to burn a lot of coal getting up the mountain and discarded a lot of large chunks of spent coal . These spent coals are extremely sharp and a fall usually results in stitches or having coal buried under your skin forever. Keep your race feet high and moving.

BATHROOM

Restrooms are located along the course. So many.

AID STATIONS

TAYLORS VALLEY 

DAMASCUS 

ALVARADO 

WATAUGA YES ( water/soda/light snack only)

FINISH 55K

55K runners Crew Available to meet in -Damascus & Alvarado & Finish

50 Mile runners Crew Available to meet at- locations – Damascus& Alvarado& Watuga& Finish

CREW

Stop in Wilsons Café & Grill  in Damascus ! 331 Douglas Dr Suite B

Opens at 7am !! Trailside !!!!! Watch your runner come through !Abingdon Stop

The Girl & The Raven 380 EAST Main St Abingdon,VA

Dinner

Damascus Diner. My mom drives up here to eat dinner all the time ! Enjoy 

109 S Shady Ave Damascus ,VA

AID STATIONS

TAYLORS VALLEY 

DAMASCUS 

ALVARADO 

WATAUGA YES ( water/soda/light snack only)

FINISH 55K

55K runners Crew Available to meet in -Damascus & Alvarado & Finish

50 Mile runners Crew Available to meet at- locations – Damascus& Alvarado& Watuga& Finish

DISQUALIFICATION

55K  -IF someone is running with you along the course that doesn’t have a bib

number on. You will be DQ’d.

All Runners:

If someone in your family or friends is on a bike on the course during the race.

You will be DQ’d. Our Permit agreements have strong language in regards to the above items. Please don’t break these rules and put the yeti race at risk.

COURSE GPX

Pace/Aid/Route

https://ultrapacer.com/course/dam-yeti-50

https://ultrapacer.com/race/dam-yeti-55k

https://ultrapacer.com/r/yeti/pepsi

Race Insurance

Race insurance is available on checkout or you may return and purchase up until Jan 1st 2025. Unlike other BS insurance companies. 50% of registration fee is returned up to 45 days from race day. (no information required for insurance refund) Less than 45 days out from race date -no refunds will be processed.

Diversity & Inclusion Policies

Criteria for AWD Entry

Criteria for AWD Entry

  • AWDs must be able to run the course
  • Tethers may be used for athletes with a visually impairment
  • Leg prosthetics may be used for amputees.
  • Crutches, braces, or poles may be used if indicated/necessary, with approval from the RD.
  • Since the course is a trail through the mountains, it is not suitable for athletes in wheelchairs (see more on this below).
  • AWDs must be able to finish within the 30 hour cutoff.

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Inclusion Matters

O ne of the things we strive for is to create inclusion and equality in the running community. As much as we want to say that all you need to run is a pair of shoes, we know the reality is much more complex. To create intentional space for people, the Yetis want to make it clear that our races are for everyone.

Entrance Policy for Transgender Athletes

We will accept each entrant’s declared gender at face value, and no additional supporting evidence is required. Athletes may register as the gender they identify with.

Entrance Policy for Non-Binary Athletes

People whose gender is not male or female; including but not limited to: genderqueer, agender, bigender. We want to acknowledge, respect, and provide opportunity in the registration process to express their desired pronouns. Please email yetitrailrunners@gmail.com after registration and we will amend our records as Ultrasignup does not currently have that option.

Refund Policy

Shi!* Happens

A s a runner it’s inevitable that you’re going to register for a race that at some point later on you’re unfortunately not going to be able to start for one reason or another. It happens to all of us, especially as race registrations need to open months in advance of the races themselves, and life happens during those interim months: Injuries, work, family emergencies, etc.

We assure you we get it; we really do. And we strive to be as understanding and cooperative as we practically and financially can. But just because the race hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean we haven’t already incurred significant expenses related to that race. We pay taxes on the income from the entry fees; we pay for permits, insurance, and supplies (including race shirts, buckles and other awards) For all of these reasons and more we cannot offer refunds, deferrals or transfers.