Choose your event!
The options are:
8 mile Trail Race
8 mile Mountain Bike Race
8 Mile MTB Race, then 8 mile Trail Race=Duathlon
the MTB race and Trail race use the same course. Bikers go first and Runners follow!
The course will be heavily marked with arrows and pink confidence streamers. There are many intersecting trails along the course, so if you are confused just make sure you are following the pink streamers and you will be all good! If you are biking please note THERE ARE STAIRS on the route. We use the Mattaponi Trail and the footbridge near Fossil Beach. This trail does not typically allow bikes. You might want to consider checking it out on foot if you can prior to the race. There are photos of the stairs and roots on the ultrasignup event page
The course terrain is as follows:
0-.5 mile gravel (fire road, uphill)
.5-1 mile Singletrack (trail will narrow so make sure you have a good position!)
1-2 mile Gravel/Dirt Fire road
2-6.5 mile Technical Single track trail
6.5-8+ mile Gravel/Dirt Fire Road (by the way, the course is long, about 8.3 miles- good news is that your Garmin will actually measure 8 miles instead of saying you ran short!)
There will be 4 Aid Stations on the course, here are the details (please thank these wonderful volunteers when you go by) We are limited as to what we can provide due to restrictions. Please plan accordingly based on the weather. I strongly recommend bringing your electrolyte drink of choice on your person/bike. :
Aid Station #1, approx. Mile 2 mark: Water, pre packaged snacks, gels (end of Backbone) This is a chance to grab a gel you might want a couple miles into Marl Ravine
Marl Ravine Aid Station, approx. Mile 5: Water, pre packaged snacks, gels (on Marl Ravine)
Aid Station #2, approx. mile 6.5: Water only (after Exit to Marl Ravine on Backbone)
Aid Station #3, approx. 7.5 mile: Water only (fork at Mattaponi)
Please note that there is a 3 mile distance between Aid Station #1 and The Marl Ravine Aid Station- please plan accordingly. The trail between is single track and might take longer than you think. If you normally drink water during a 5k event, you will definitely need to bring your own hydration on your person.
Sponsors & Charity
We are thrilled to have The North Face as a sponsor again this year! We also add Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to the sponsorship family- thank you! We happily donate a portion of the registration fee to the Friends of York River State Park. What a wonderful park!
Awards will be given in the following age groups:
Local time: 10:57 AM
Overall top 3 men and women (Run, Mountain Bike, Duathlon)
Overall top 3 Masters men and women (40+) (Run and Mountain Bike)
1st-3rd place in the following age groups male/female (Run only):
19 and under
70 and up