Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Cow Bone Trail Run 6-12-24 Hour

16869 Taylors Landing Rd

Sharpsburg, MD 24hrs, 12hrs, 6hrs

This Event Took Place Sat. May 25, 2019

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We’re creating a race where runners, volunteers and crews will have fun supporting, inspiring, heckling and hanging out with each other.

Good Stuff

  • Want your own things close by? You’ll be able to set up your command center next to, or very near, a good portion of the course.
  • If you don’t want to use our very hip and happening aid station then you’ll be able to take aid anywhere you set up .
  • We’re encouraging you to bring your canopies, chairs, coolers, friends and well mannered dogs, cats & other pets.
  • You want a bed and a shower? We’ve got you covered. The cabin village is right next to the Start/Finish and the Pavilion (Aid Station). See “Accommodations”.
  • You wanna decorate with lights… no problem. Just make sure your generator isn’t loud.
  • This is about fun during and after you finish. We’re not kicking out the 6 and 12 hour runners when they’re done. The 24 hour runners need to feel the “love” throughout the night.
  • Finishing 100 miles within 24 hours will get you a coveted sub 24 hour belt buckle.


The 1.5 mile loop has 198' of elevation gain per loop and is on the private property of Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministries. This is not a technical course with little to no rocks and almost entirely under the canopy or shade of trees. Each loop has only 18' of pavement. No stream crossings nor is there any threat of being rained out. The course is varied so runners will not be subject to constant repetitive motion. An actual course map will not be posted.

Random Items to Cut Down on Questions

  • Bib Pickup starts at 6:00 a.m. at the Pavilion.
  • The Pavilion is the only aid station and will provide both cold/hot drink and food throughout.
  • SWAG - Each participant will receive a short-sleeved cotton tee shirt.
  • Awards: No. However you’ll get a hardy congratulations and perhaps some applause at the finish line.
  • Drop Bags: Sure… you can leave them at the Pavilion or you can aid out of your car or tent.
  • Pacers: Hmmmm... no. It’s a short loop with lot’s of inspiration. Do you really need one? However... if not having a pacer for you 24 hour runners is a concern or a reason for you to not run then contact me. We're inclusive and want to see you reach your goal(s).
  • Cut Offs: No! It’s a timed event. As long as you make it one loop then you’re not a DNF or have to worry about getting pulled.
  • The final stopping point will be measured at the aid station. If you run out of the aid station and don't make it back to the aid station by the "bell" then that partial distance will not be measured.
  • Crew, family, friends: Absolutely! All are welcome either at the Pavilion or along the course. Aid station supplies are for runners only. There are no rules on where a runner can be aided.
  • The course will be adequately marked for day and night time running. However, if you get lost on a repetitive "short" loop course you may want to reevaluate and perhaps pursue another "hobby".
  • Medical: We provide rubbing alcohol and band aids that you put on yourself. Anything else you're on your own... especially foot repair!
  • Dietary needs are crazy these days so no meal is provided the night before.
  • Pets? See "Good Stuff"
  • Showers for campers? We have a bucket with holes in it and the Potomac river is close by.
  • It's on private property so there's no chance to view, assess or run the course before hand. You'll just have to trust us.


There's two types of inexpensive on-site rustic lodging... think summer camp. Both are located at, or a short distance from, the Start/Finish (Pavilion).

  • Cabin bunks. ($25 total per person for both Friday and Saturday nights ) There are six cabins available. They are single sex cabins. Each unit has bunk beds, sleeps 10, and has a full bath. If you want to reserve an entire cabin you must pay for all bunks prior to arrival. Payments made to reserve an entire cabin are non-refundable. Entire cabins will not be considered reserved until payment is received.
  • Camping. ($15. Additional people in same tent or car is $5 per person for both nights) Tent and car camping is available. Sleeping in your car is considered camping, and you must pay for it. Camping is permitted near the cabins and the Pavilion. A shower will be available in one of the cabins for post race campers. There will be port-a-pots in the camp area. Hard-sided campers RVs, etc. are allowed but must have pre approval.

Accommodation's start Friday 12:00 noon and end at 3:00 p.m Sunday afternoon. NO early arrivals or late departures, please.

e-mail if you want to reserve a spot. Payment is cash upon arrival. No checks or credit cards.


Other than... no cheating, being a dick, littering or not telling us if you're quitting... there are none. If someone does do something stupid… then the last name of the “infractor” will be used as the name of the "new" rule. For example… the “Smith Rule” for not being a dork about parking.

Race Director

Hi, My name is Kevin Sayers and I'm the RD for the Cow Bone. Thanks for scrolling down this far. If you're not sure about a first year event or if you don't know me... you can view my running "resume" here on Ultrasignup. You can also query the other races I direct... also here on ultrasignup.

  • Catoctin 50k & Half Cat (Since 1999)
  • Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 (Since 2011)
  • Greenbrier Ultras 100m, 50m, 50k (Since 2018)
  • Shepherd's Spring 50k & Other (Since 2018)
  • Bobcat Trail Run 11m (Since 2018)

Hope to see you in May!

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