This is a great first timers course and a great course to chase down a PR!!!
This is a cupless race! If you don’t have a cup we recommend the Ultraspire Cup.
A hydration pack/bottle is mandatory.
The race will start from Whitetop 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 and what will later be the finish.
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. Runners will turn around at the Abingdon aid station and make their way back to Damascus for the finish!!!
50K – The 50k will follow the same route to Alvarado where runners will turn around and finish in Damascus.
Trail-side rentals (recommended)
Creeper Trail Cottages
More trail-side cottages: http://vacreepertrail.com/services/inns.htm
Local Refund Policy
As a runner, it’s inevitable that you’re going to register for a race 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.
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 or transfers.
Athletes With Disabilities
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.
AWD Entry Process
AWDs will follow the same registration process as the general registration, and will register for the distance race they plan to run. If an AWD requires additional time to register (due to visual impairment), contact the RD for early registration.