The Patapsco Valley 50K is a trail ultramarathon on the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area in Baltimore, Maryland. The race features plenty of scenic, natural surface, single-track trails with a few short sections on paved bike trail. The terrain is challenging but runnable with rolling hills throughout. The course has a handful of small creek crossings and can often be muddy in many places. In 2017 & 2019, runners forded the Patapsco River on foot, and the river crossing will be back in 2020, pending park management approval. You will hardly believe you are just minutes from busy downtown Baltimore!
Course highlights include Cascade Falls, the ruins of the Orange Grove Flour Mill, as well as the Avalon Nail and Iron Works ruins. Not to mention gorgeous views of the Patapsco River throughout!
Patapsco Valley State Park- Avalon Area- Pavilion #105
5120 South St.
Arbutus, MD 21227
Parking is available on a first-come/first-served basis. You will not have to pay to park. We will utilize the grassy field for parking first before the paved spaces closest to the pavilions. If the field is too wet to park, we will utilize parking at Cascade Falls and provide a free shuttle to take runners to the start/finish and back to their vehicle after the race.
Start Time & Cutoff
Race Start: 7:30a
Local time: 5:26 AM
Race Close: 5:30p- Any runner who finishes after the 10 hour limit will be recognized as an "Unofficial Finisher" in the official results.
Cutoff: Runners not reaching the Pavilion Aid Station II (~mile 23) by 2:15pm will be asked to discontinue their race and enjoy the after-party.