Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 @ 7:00 AM
This Event Took Place Sat. Apr 20, 2019

What to expect on Race Day

Come enjoy us for a very scenic race down the mountain. This course is well known to bikers, hikers, runners, and walkers. If you love the mountains you will love this course. It is mostly gravel and travels along an old railroad bed. It winds through the mountains along a creek and through through several little towns.

Timing will be through uptrasignup.com

The trail is well used during the spring, summer, and fall months so we will be sharing the trail with other outdoor lovers. Most people share the trail very well and with the race beginning at 7:00 am traffic on the trail should be a minimum most of the way.
At the finish line you can expect to be greeted with a smile and potentially a fast time. There will be drinks, and food for all participates at the finish. The awards will also be handed out at the finish line within a few minutes of finishing.

Course Description

This is a certified marathon course!

Course:
The course will start at Whitetop station in Jefferson National Forest near mile marker 33.4 and finish near Alvarado mile marker 9.3. Runners will begin at Whitetop station and run down the mountain though Damascus and continue about a half mile miles past Alvarado to the turn-around point and back to the finish line near Alvarado. Alvarado is around 25.2 miles from the starting line at Whitetop. The trail is an old railroad bed that has been converted from a "rails to trails" with a gravel surface and starts at an elevation of 3500 feet and descends to 1755 ft in Alvarado.
Water stations:
Green Cove- mile marker 30.6 (2-3 volunteers)
Camp Creek Junction- mile marker 27.1
*Taylor’s Valley- mile marker 22.9
Straight Branch- mile marker 20.3
*Damascus- mile marker 16
Side of the trail- mile marker 12.5
*Alvarado- mile marker 9.3
* Stations have water, Gatorade, some snacks

Whitetop station, Green Cove, Taylor's Valley, Straight Branch, Damascus, and Alvarado all have outdoor toilets.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be announced at a later date.

Start and Finish line

The start and finish line are in two different locations completely.

Start: Whitetop startion- Whitetop Gap Road, Whitetop, VA 24292 (note this is not Whitetop Mountain but the community of Whitetop, VA)

Finish: Alvarado Station-21198 Avarado Road, Abingdon, VA 24211

Because of the unique nature of this race we will be offering a shuttle to runners to the start. If you choice to drive to the start you will need someone to drop you off and meet you at the finish.

Elevation at Whitetop Station is about 3500 ft
Elevation at Alvarado is 1755 ft

Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall finishers for both male and female. Awards will also be given to each of the following age groups 29-under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and up for both male and females. All finishers will receive a finishers ornament/medal.

Where is my entry fee going?

Your entry fee will first be used to get insurance, t-shirts, awards, snacks and everything else needed for a great race day. All profit from this event will go to a local high school CC team for summer camp. So this is sort of a fundraiser for a local team. Summer camps are really expensive and sometimes exclusive to those that can't afford to go. The money raised from this race will be donated so everyone on this high school team has a chance to attend summer camp.

Refunds

With the cost associated with hosting an event such as this we will not be giving refunds.

Lodging

Great lodging is different for everyone. Some people like nice places to stay, others like being close to the start or finish and others like cheaper rooms. Myself, I prefer all of the above. Since I live here I can't give you much insight on the list below. I do hope you find something that makes you happy. Damascus is between the start and finish line but there is a limited amount of lodging and food. Abingdon is a little further but has more to offer in the way of both lodging and food.
Here is a list of what I can find with phone numbers. These are in no specific order.

Lodging in Damascus:
Damascus Cabins
www.damascuscablins.com
(276) 492-1041
A Humble Abode https://ahumbleabode.webs.com/ (276) 475-5472
Laurel Creek RV Park
(423)727-7892
Creeper Trail Cottages
276-451-8342
www.creepercottage.com
Lodging in Abingdon: (10.4 miles from finishline in Alvarado)
Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Abingdon
(276) 676-2829
The Martha Washington Inn and Spa
(276) 628-3161
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Abingdon
(276) 619-5501
Hampton Inn Abingdon
(276) 619-4600
Quality Inn & Suites
(276) 676-9090
Comfort Suites (276) 698-3040

Local time: 4:41 AM
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