This ‘NUTT’ Challenge will be held on the mountain bike trails of the Western Slope of Massanutten. Massanutten Resort owns the property, and the Shenandoah Valley Bike Coalition builds and maintains the trails. The 50K race will consist of 5 laps of a figure “8” route. Both loops in the figure 8 are about 5K each. The well-stocked air station will be at the start and finish area, at the intersection of the two loops. At the start, you will head down a service road and cross Del Webb Drive. You then enter into the forest and head up the mountain for a 500 foot elevation gain for the first 1.5 miles. The trail then takes you downhill and back to the finish line, the aid station, and the second loop of the figure 8. The second loop is gentler. It takes you through open fields and around the pond. You gain about 350 feet before returning to the aid station and the start finish area, and you continue on your way until you complete 5 figure 8 loops.
Those competing in the 25k will complete two and a half figure 8s.
The 5k run will be on the second loop of the figure 8 and will be a nice gentle run for those getting started with trail running.
The course and remaining runners will be swept beginning at 3:30 PM.
The trails are property of Massanutten Resort. They allow us to utilize the trails on race day without individual running getting special permits. If you will to preview the trail prior to the race, you need to get a permit from the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Website or run with a friend that has a permit. Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.
Drop bags may be left at the aid station. They must be clearly marked with the runners name.
Pre-Race Dinner/Meeting and Packet Pick-Up
We will have packet pick up on March 23rd from 5-8 PM. The location is TBD.
We will also have a pre-race dinner to include a pre-race briefing and presentations addressing self-care, tick awareness, injury prevention/improved running form, and recovery methods from regarded professionals within the Harrisonburg wellness community.
Cost of meal is TBD, and you won't want to miss this!
As a part of the entry fee for this event, all runners are to donate a gently used book, ( or two books or five) suitable for an elementary school student. The monies and books donated through The ‘NUTT’ Endurance Challenge will support the summer reading parties open to all Harrisonburg and Rockingham County elementary school students. Each summer event offers opportunities for students to engage in fun literacy activities and get books to take home and add to their home libraries. We bus students from their summer school locations and the Rockingham County Rec Department playgrounds, as well as invite RCPS families through school newsletters, Facebook, and Twitter. Our summer reading parties are part of a greater community-wide initiative through the United Way's "We Read to Succeed."
Reading opens up a world of new opportunities for students! It can lead to academic success, on-time graduation, and stable employment. But getting all of our local children reading at grade level is a huge task.
The address is 3493 Happy Valley Rd, Keezletown, VA 22832. The Western Slope is on the east side of Harrisonburg, VA off of Hwy 33. If you are come from Harrisonburg, you will be going east on Hwy 33. At a traffic light turn left onto Indian Trail Road (Rt 620) Massanutten Presbyterian Church is on the corner. If you coming from the east the Church will be on your right, take a right. Travel 1.7 miles, you will cross a railroad track and then turn right, right in front of Redeemer Classical School onto Mountain Valley Road. Travel 0.9 miles and then take a right on Happy Valley Road. Travel 1.4 miles and the entry to Western Slopes will be on the right. There will be sign along the road helping to get you there.Enter some content...
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