The Virgil Crest Ultras. Although bringing you an updated course for 2021, Virgil retains the original format of beautiful forest, big climbs and descents, and a course configuration conducive to connection. With an elevation gain upwards of 22,000' for the 100, and ratio'd for the other distances, the course will challenge the toughest and most seasoned trail vets. It still Aint for Sissies.
A distinction of Virgil though, is that the terrain may be more runnable than nearly any other northeast event of its elevation grade. That is, the course isn't a barrage of rocks and technical footing. If your quads, calves, and mind can handle it, you can run it. With liberal cut-offs, despite the elevation metrics, first-timers are just as likely to reach the finish as seasoned vets. Commit yourself to it, hang in there when the miles get rough, and 100 milers, just make it to sunrise.
This may be a one-year return for all those who feel they needed one more shot. So, if you ever wished you'd run, or not quit, here's your shot. It'll be good to have you.
P.S., although it never rained at Virgil, please be prepared for the possibility.
For more details check out the event site at: http://rednewtracing.com/VirgilCrest
COVID in '21
We'll continue to monitor the status of COVID in our communities. We're hoping we'll be in a different and better place by August. If things are still as rough, we'll work in modifications and mitigations including wave check-in's, starts, and aid station modifications. Stay tuned.
Along with the events, all solo entrants will get a hoodie and finisher's mug (only guaranteed if registering before August 1st), sticker, and post-race food. 100 mile finishers will get a buckle as well. Relay entrants will get an event T and sticker. Portions of profits to be donated to the Virgil Volunteer Fire Department, the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, and clubs that support the event.
Pacers and Poles?
100 Mile entrants are permitted pacers at or after 50 miles, or nightfall.
Local time: 7:11 PM
Yup to poles.