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A bunch of us were sitting around one day and were talking about how much fun it is to be around runners, volunteers and crews. The discussion then led to let's start a race were we can support, inspire, heckle and hang out with everyone. We decided on timed races with a short trail loop where runners of all abilities could determine their own goals. No worries about time limits or cutoffs. We began wish listing amenities.. camping with lots of port-a-pots, cabins with showers and bathrooms, a non technical trail, an Aid Station and HQ that was covered, comfortable and had power. The races had to be on a low stress and preferably a three day weekend. It had to be held in a great location where runners had hills, trails covered and open space. Where crews and families could go do something if they wanted to. Everyone agreed it was a great idea... as long as you put it together Kevin. Ha Ha! Challenge accepted. I consulted the "Executive Board" of Bill Susa and Addie Welch and the result... the Cow Bone Trail Run.
- 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.
- Similar to an "official" 100 mile race... If you finishing at least a 100 miles you'll receive a 24 hour belt buckle. Come back for multiple years your miles will be added and when you cover 1,000 miles then you'll get a 1,000 mile 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.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Refunds are 75% until April 30, 2020. After that date no refund will be given.
About the Race Director
Hi, My name is Kevin Sayers and I'm the Race Director. The year was 1994, and I ran across an article about ultrarunning in a magazine and said "I just gotta do that". One hundred miles in 24 hours? What's not to like? Since that time I enjoyed a 39,000 mile running adventure throughout North America. Now, I’m a race director and have made it my mission “to conduct and promote fun and rewarding running events for entrants, crews and volunteers alike”. My running history on UltraSignup (1996 - current)
As the Race Director I consider my myself a cheerleader who encourages and inspires all to reach their goal. My commitment is to be available at all times during a race and greet every runner at the finish with a smile, hand shake, high five, fist bump or a combination there of.
UltRunR.com website since 1996
Completed the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in 1998 Completed the JFK 50 Mile Run as a 100 miler (1998, 1999)
Aid Station Captain - Bull Run Run 50 Mile - Centerville A.S. since 1999
Received Vermont 100 "1,000 Mile" belt buckle in 2007
Race Director - Catoctin 50k Trail Run & Half Cat since 1999 Race Director - Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run since 2011
Race Director - Greenbrier Ultra's since 2018 Race Director - Bobcat Trail Run (11 Miles) since 2018 Race Director - Cow Bone 6-12-24 Hour since 2019
Race Director - Antietam Creek 3 Hour Run since 2020
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