Thanks for checking us out! 2018 was our first year and we're back with some changes from lessons learned. The race will now be known as "Shepherd's Spring 50k & Other". There will no longer be a 100k. There will be two (2) 50k races. Wait! What? Yes! We there's the standard course with Aid Stations, which is run on the C&O Canal. The second 50k is done off your GPS. 50k GPS'ers start with everyone else but you can run what ever course or modification of the set course you want. You track your mileage on your GPS and once crossing the Finish we verify that your ran at least 31 miles. There will also be an "other" "surprise" distance race as well. The total distance will not be published ahead of time and you'll be notified at the start. The distance will be between 8 miles and 14 miles. We are still in the early planning phase on this and welcome any comments you might have. Click Here for Photo's
Time Limit / Cut Offs
The TIME LIMIT is 11 HOURS. This was determined by looking at the last place finisher at the hilly and rocky Greenbrier 50k and then rounding up. FYI... the Catoctin 50k (Cat50k) is 9.5 hours and it's "hard". CUT OFF: You will not be allowed to continue if you don't reach the half way point by 6.0 hours (1:00 p.m.). The 50k GPS has no cutoff's since we have no idea where you are to cut you off. The "other" distance will have more than enough time to finish. Once again...the goal is to get you to finish... not cut you off.
To encourage entrants of all abilities and ages to participate by providing you the best opportunity for success. If one of these characteristics fit's you then you are a perfect candidate for entry: Have fun attitude.
Someone who wants to run a "fast" or "easy" ultra marathon
A hesitant first time ultra runner.
Someone who, for what ever reason, struggles with cutoffs.
Someone who want's to get "back into the game".
Experienced ultra marathoners who want to see how quickly they can finish.
Road runners who are hesitant on running on anything other than pavement.
If you're directionally or logistically challenged.
Those who don't have a fun attitude or cannot mentally handle an almost entirely flat and straight course are not a good fit here.
Simple... the adventure starts at the Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center. Runners will follow the trail to the Historic C&O canal and then turn left (south bound). You will then run on the C&O Tow Path for approx 15 miles then turn around and head back to the Start / Finish line. GPS runners start with the course runners then... do your own thing.
There will be two... possibly three Aid Stations. If there are only two Aid Stations then the turn around point will not have Aid. The turn around would be a manned water stop but the full Aid Stations will be located on the out and back giving the runners four opportunities for aid on the course.
Sure... no problem. However 50k GPS may not get rides to cover their mileage. We trust your honesty.
We have single sex cabins with showers and tent/car camping on Friday night. There's a nominal TBD charge for both.
No overall or age awards. Only something if you finish.
Definitely! Our fashion buyers are currently consulting with top NYC fashion designers for the latest trends, styles and swag in ultra running.
About the Race Director:
Hi! My name is Kevin Sayers and I'm the Race Director of Shepherd's Spring. Who am I? What's my resume? What's my thinking? OK.. here goes: Check my running history right here on UltraSignup. Completed the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in 1998 Completed the "JFK 100" (1998, 1999) Race Director - Catoctin 50k Trail Run since 1999. Race Director - Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run since 2011. Race Director - Greenbrier Ultra's since 2018 Aid Station Captain - Bull Run Run 50 Mile - Centerville A.S. since 1999. Ultrunr.com website since 1996 Consider my position as a cheerleader not a gate keeper. It's to get runners to finish not cut them off. My goal is to conduct a fun and rewarding experience for every participant, crew and volunteer. For me the most rewarding experience of being an RD is greeting each and every runner at the finish line with a congratulation, a handshake, a fist bump, a hug or a combination of all three and seeing their face of "finishing". I've been around enough years (since '96) and run enough races that I've gained enough insight to know how to do it... and do it right. The reason for starting Shepherd's Spring 100k / 50k / Half Marathon is that I enjoy doing this stuff! The fun is doing things a little differently, offer more opportunities and be more inclusive to runners of varying abilities and age. My hope is that you'll join us and help make these races a fun and enjoyable experience.
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