Local time: 3:02 AM
The Freight Train 50k/100k is a companion race to the summertime Night Train 50k. It covers the same course but takes place on December 12th, 2020. The course features a 50k and 100k option. It is a relatively flat rail trail. There is a slight incline in each direction as you leave the starting line. If the weather cooperates, this should be a fast course. The race begins at 7:30am and ends at 1am on the 13th. There is a 17.5 hour time limit for the 100k. The only time limit for 50k runners is that they have to finish before the 17.5 hours cutoff for the 100k runners. This makes it a great first time Ultra! All runners will pass over the famed “High Bridge” twice during their run.
The race begins at 7:30 on December 12th, 2020. The start and finish line will be the farmer's market in downtown Farmville. Runners will travel east from Farmville. At Camp Paradise they will have access to an unmanned water point. They will continue a total of 8.2 miles to Rice. This will be the first aid station for the 100k runners. It will also be the turnaround point for the 50k runners. From Rice they will continue to Orchard Road, 5 miles away (AS 2). This will be the second aid station. Runners will continue past Orchard Road to the end of the trail. They will turn around at the end of the trail and return to Moran. From here, they will retrace their steps back to Rice and Farmville. This is 30.2 miles round trip. Farmville will be the halfway point as well as an aid station.They will head west from Farmville to the next aid station at Tuggle. This is 5.7 miles. They will then travel another 3.9 miles to Prospect, the next aid station. From Prospect they will travel 6.5 miles to the trails end at Pamplin City and Schoolhouse Road. 3.5 miles into this leg they will reach a crew access point at Elam. They will turn around and Pamplin City and retrace their route to Farmville. This portion of the course is 32.4 miles.
50k This route will follow the route of Night Train. Runners will run from Farmville to Rice. They turn around and return to Farmville at Rice. From Farmville they run to Tuggle for an aid station. They then run 1.75 miles past Tuggle to Osborne Road. They turn around here and return to Farmville via the Tuggle aid station.
Pacers will be allowed for the 100k at any point after they return to Farmville. Pacers are also allowed for the 50k as runners return from Tuggle. This is the last 5.7 miles of the course. All pacers will sign a waiver. In addition to the manned aid stations above Crew can access their runners at Elam and Camp Paradise. Runners older than 60 years old who wish to have a pacer for a longer period may do so by contacting the Race Director ahead of time. Crew members should park in designated spaces only. Crew can access runners at any
Drop bags for the 50k runners will be available at Farmville (halfway point) and Tuggle. Drop bags for the 100k runners will be available at Moran, Farmville (halfway point) and Prospect
As always, discounts are offered for all military, fire, law enforcement, EMS, teachers and nurses. Simply enter THANKS for your discount.
Understand that by signing up you are registering for a winter Ultra. The weather could be 65 degrees or it could be sleeting and snowing. The event will be held in the case of bad weather. The race director reserves the right to move the race one weekend later (December 21st) in the case of a huge snowfall. There are no refunds within a month of the race. Deferrals will be made at the race director’s discretion.