THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
(02/03/21) Second email sent to those who were emailed on 1/31/21 for their address for a refund. A check has been mailed to everyone who has responded thus far.
(01/31/21) Email was sent to the runners who's contact information was missed on the original cancellation email sent on 1/25.
(01/29/21) If you responded to my original email your check has been mailed. Those who have not responded yet (23) were sent a reminder email this morning.
(01/26/21) If you responded to the notification email on 1/25 your refund checks are in the mail.
(01/25/20) Greenbrier has been CANCELLED. All runners and those on the waitlist received a notification email. Everyone who paid in 2021 or who deferred from 2020 and did not enter this year will receive a full refund via a check. There is no option to defer. Refund and other status will be posted here.
We will return March 25/26, 2022… because everything will be fine by then… right?
First, the Park Service has said NO to our permit. It was reconfirmed today, January 25th. However, they asked what the latest date is they could reverse their decision. This approach makes it very difficult for planning. It’s also unfair to those in training as you will put in a lot of effort and the race is not guaranteed.
Greenbrier only requires a small crew of volunteers with a few being “essential”. Several essential volunteers have said they will not participate this year.
One of the goals of Greenbrier is to provide an event that everyone can interact, and our tent is the focal point. If we were able to receive permission, then we would be required to implement more stringent safety protocols than we originally anticipated. For example, possibly no tent, no crew, no pacers, no family, no friends, limited food offerings, no medical attention etc.
As the RD, removing the “special-ness” of the race and conducting it at a time when it’s simply not safe and unpredictable is not something that I want to do.
Cancelling is not an action that I wanted to take but was necessary. I respectfully ask for understanding and patience.
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Thanks for checking us out! The Greenbrier Ultra's are comprised of three separate but similar races:
1. Greenbrier 100 Mile Endurance Run
2. Greenbrier 50 Mile Midnight Madness Run
3. Greenbrier 50k Fun Run
100 = Friday March 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
50 = Saturday March 28, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Technically Saturday but we're calling it Friday Midnight :-)
50k = Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Stop time is 11:00 p.m. Saturday... for everyone!
100 miles = 33 hours
50 Miles = 23 hours
50k = 15 hours
Arrival Times: We'll start setting up the tent around 9:00 a.m Friday morning. Bib pickup begins at 12:00 noon... for all races and suspended tempoarily while we're starting a race. 100 milers may arrive anytime after 9:00 a.m.
Refunds are 75% of entry fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER 2/28/2020
To encourage entrants of all abilities and ages to participate. This "closed" loop experience, with no cutoff's and generous time limits gives all who participate the best opportunity for success. If one of these characteristics fit's you then you are a perfect candidate for entry: Have fun attitude.
A hesitant first time ultra runner.
Someone who, for what ever reason, struggles with cutoffs.
Someone who want's to get "back into the game".
Runners that want to gain experience running at night.
Experienced ultra marathoners who want to see how quickly they can finish.
Experienced road runners who are hesitant running on trails.
If you're directionally or logistically challenged.
If you don't have a fun attitude, cannot mentally handle the repetitive nature of a loop course or are a dick then you are probably not a good fit here.
The loops are between 5 and 8 miles within the Greenbrier State Park. The trails used and the direction the races are run will change each year and are not announced ahead of time. Elevation gain is between 750'-1050' per loop. It's rocky in places (it's the east coast!) but not considered "technical". No steep or long climbs but there are some up's that "course blistering" elite runners may want to slow down on. The course is well marked and obvious.
None! Wait! What? No cutoffs? Did I read that right? Yes... that's correct! You won't be pulled if you don't do a certain number of miles by a certain time. We want you to finish or run as many miles as you can. However, runners who arrive at the Aid Station at or after 10:00 p.m. Saturday night will not be allowed to continue. The rational is that if you're in the 29th hour of the 100 or the 22 hour of the 50 or the 15th hour of the 50k you won't be able to finish x.x miles in 60 minutes. Lastly, the time limits are based on being generous in order to allow runners to finish.
There's only one Aid Station... and it also serves as our HQ, Bib pickup, Start / Finish, Timing, Moral Support and any other stuff we can think of. It's located in the picnic table area next to the North Parking lot. It's a heated 20' x 60' tent with chairs and tables. There's an area for Drop Bags for the 100 and 50 milers. The number of 100 and 50 milers will determine the amount of space available to the 50k runners. If there's no room then there's more than enough room and picnic tables outside the tent. You can also aid out of your car in the parking lot or set up your own tent in the adjacent field. We know how to manage aid stations and won't skimp on food or supplies. We'll have "real" food and don't supply b.s. stuff that fills the table but doesn't help you finish a race. Tailwind supplies the sports drink. SUCCEED! e-Caps are plentiful. We do NOT supply gels. Our awesome crew of volunteers, led by Dave Hartman, know how to cook and serve food so we'll make sure you're fat, happy and content... well... at least with the food.
Pacers and Crew:
Crews are encouraged but may only crew a runner at the Aid Station or along the aid station side of the lake. Crews are not permitted "in the woods". Only one Pacer per runner allowed on the course at a time. Pacer Schedule: 100 miler - 3:00 a.m
50 miler - 6:00 a.m.
50k - 1:00 p.m.
There's plenty of paved parking spaces for cars and RV's. Pitching a tent is no problem. The restrooms and showers are scheduled to be opened a week prior to the race. If not then we'll have port-a-pots and the lake. We're sure the lake will be warm enough in March (ha ha!) to take a dip and rinse off the ultra slime!
100 milers will receive a silver belt buckle for under 24 hours and a bronze buckle for over 24 hours. First time finishers of either the 50 mile or 50k distance will receive engraved neck ribbons. There will be no post race awards ceremony.
Definitely! Each entrant will receive a premium and possibly other "stuff". Our fashion buyers are currently consulting with top NYC and Frederick, Maryland fashion designers for the latest trends and styles in the ultra running community.
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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