About the event
The Ran It With Janet 50K is an annual event that takes place on National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June. The event is intended primarily as a fatass/fun-run style event with a goal of raising funds and gathering supplies to benefit the Embry Rucker Community Shelter of Reston, VA. The course starts and finishes from the Brownsville Picnic Area pavilion on the western side of Manassas National Battlefield Park of Manassas, VA. Consisting of three loops on a variety of surface including pavement, dirt, fire road cleared trail, gravel, and mowed back access roads, elevation is fairly flat at under 600 feet per loop making it a great 50K for first timers and those transitioning to trail from typical road marathons. In addition to aid available at the start/finish area, there are two aid stations located at Stone Bridge just over 4 miles into a loop, and the Unfinished Railroad at 7.5 miles.
Embry Rucker Community Shelter
Operated by Cornerstones, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) is a residential shelter providing healthy, safe, emergency housing for families and single men and women. Cornerstones is dediated to helping their clients overcome the circumstances that led to their homelessness and facilitate their transition to stable housing.
More information about the shelter can be found here.
The Ran It With Janet 50K seeks to raise awareness of homelessness, and raise funds to be directed to Cornerstones to help this great organization provide relief to those in need of assistance. In addition to registering for the event here on Ultra-Signup, please consider a direct donation to ERCS.
Some other ways you can help Cornerstones and the Shelter
Start / Finish Area
The start and finish of the Ran It With Janet 50K is the Brownsville Picnic Area on the west side of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Accessible from Groveton road, this spacious area provides for ample parking, has a pavilion, and bathroom facilities.
A map of the course with mile markers, points of interest for bearings, and approximate elevation profile are shown below.
The start and finish is at the Brownsville Picnic Area. The course progresses in a counter-clockwise direction. Miles 1 through 8 follow the outer perimiter portions of the First and Second Manassas Trails. Aid Stations will be setup at approximately..
- Miles 0/10.5/21 - Start/Finish
- Miles 4.5/15.1/25.6 - Stone Bridge
- Miles 7.9/18.4/28.9 - Unfinished Railroad
The course will be marked with ground signage indicating if you are to turn left, turn right, or continue proceeding ahead at least once per half mile. If you are not familiar with the trails at Manassas National Battlefield Park, consider joining us for one or more of the planned training runs!
All training runs meet at the Brownsville Picnic Area at 8:00 AM. This is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the course, and run with a group at a relaxed pace. And if you've never been to the Manassas Battlefield before, this is also a great time to read the placards along the trail that provide historical reference of events during the early stages of the civil war. Water will be put out at the aid station locations.