The Virgil Crest Ultras are 50K/50M/100M ultramarathons plus a 100M relay run over the hills and gorges surrounding Virgil, N.Y. The event uses Finger Lakes Trail sections spanning the Tuller Hill and Kennedy State Forests, and is paired with the signature terrain of Greek Peak Nordic and Alpine Resorts.
This year's races will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 with the 50 and 100 mile races. Their respective cut-off times are 16.5 and 36 hours with the 100 mile course closure at 6 pm on Sunday. The 100-mile relay will roll at 8 am on Saturday and have a 28 hour cutoff at 12 pm on Sunday. The Virgil Crest 50K flight takes off at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, and ends with the 11 hour cut off in sequence with the 100M solo at 6 p.m.
Entry will open on March 21, and be limited to the first 150 qualified entrants in each of the solo events. The 100 Mile Relay will be open to only the first 30 teams.
The parallel courses (50K/50M/100M) use an out-back format that is repeated for the 100. Approximately 26/46/92 miles will be run over hilly trail, with 3/3/6 miles of dirt/gravel forest road and 2/2/4 miles of asphalt. Elevation gain and corresponding loss is roughly 8,000/12,000/24,000 feet. The hills are constant and the terrain technical at times. Respective cut-off times are 10 hours for the 50K, 16.5 hours for 50-mile, 36 hours for 100-mile and 28 hours for relay. Stocked aid stations average every 5 miles.
Local time: 6:55 AM