We've had a number of questions regarding our plans for this year's Eastern Divide Ultra and 8-miler. Here goes...
Race day is scheduled for June 20th. The CDC's recommendation of no events with large groups, as of now, ends sometime in late-April/early-May. Other recommendations for larger sports gatherings extend into mid-June. The Eastern Divide date is *just* beyond the cut-off for that.
That being said, we're not at a point of canceling this year's race just yet. We recognize, though, that with the current situation with COVID-19 and news and restrictions being fluid, it can make folks hesitant to register for anything. That's ok. If you're nervous about signing up for something that may or may not happen, hold off. We're ok with that.
IF we end up canceling this year's race, there are 3 options:
1 - Defer till next year.
2 - Donate your entry fee towards Fitness in Action (a non-profit set up to get kids moving). We can mail you a tax-receipt.
3 - Transfer your entry to one of our Fall races (Lake Ridge Endurance Run (6 hour only), High Bridge Ultra, or Old Glory Trail Runs.
If we DO end up having the race, we anticipate having a lot of folks sign up last minute. We've waived the last pricing tier for the ultra and it'll be $75 from now till race day.
If you have any questions, let us know. We're keeping an eye on things and want to stay on par with what's going to help kick this virus. We hate seeing all of these races cancelled, and we hate the thought of doing it ourselves, but safety is always our number one concern.
Till then, train like you mean it (however that can happen for you!) and wash your hands!
The Eastern Divide Ultra is a scenic 50K trail race through the highlands of southwest VA. The point-to-point course will pass beneath waterfalls, meander through old growth Hemlocks and glide by waist high ferns. While we may not have the grand heights of the West, the Mountain Lake area has an average elevation of 4000', which provides for cooler temperatures and a diverse ecosystem.
NOTE 2019: The course will have to be rerouted to avoid the new clay shooting range at Mountain Lake. Once we have the final course laid out we will be sure to let you know. But we promise to keep the joy of the last 7 miles in tack!
EDU is cupless.
In an effort to be more sustainable and be friendly towards the environment, the Eastern Divide Ultra is now a cupless race. All runners will need to carry their own reusable cup throughout the race to use at aid stations. If you do not have one already, you have the option to purchase one of our TrailAdventure cups (a Hydrapak SpeedCup) when registering and it will be waiting for you at packet pick-up.
Local time: 12:06 AM