About the Get Outside 8-Hour
The Get Outside races are located at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield, VA. We have a fast 5k race option, along with an 8 hour, 4 hour, and 2 hour race.
These events are companion races to the Windsor Castle 10-Hour hosted in June and designed as a chance for you to "Get Outside" rather than stay indoors and cyber shop or continually nibble on leftover Thanksgiving dinner items :-). This course is run in the opposite direction from our June companion race. The days after Thanksgiving are a time where those in the sports and outdoor groups are encouraging people to get outside, stretch your legs, and enjoy nature.
This is your chance to get in a nice long run or walk on a 5k trail (estimated at 150 feet each loop).
The run is hosted through "It's Just A Training Run" and so feel free to come out and race the course to see how many miles you can get or just enjoy time on your feet and getting some nice miles walking and running along with other super cool endurance runners and walkers.
This is a low-key event, however laps will be counted and we'll be keeping track of your miles (chip timed) so go for it! We'll have awards for the top finishers and age categories (age group awards will be mailed), along with a home-made finisher's medal for all runners.
We will have a fully stocked “ultra-type” aid station for runners, including hot soup and other hot items. We will not have an aid station on the course mid-lap (but you don't need it - it's a 5k loop.
Runners are able to set up chairs or tents (no larger than 10x10) near the trail. There is a solo runner option and a team option - EVERY runner is eligible for the top runner awards. Teams (8 hour only) are also eligible for an additional top miles award (top 3 mileage teams will win a TBD award - like a cool pint glass, etc...). Teams can be formed up the week of the event.
We are also offering a Rucking option for each event. Ruckers are asked to have a minimum of 10 pounds in their backpack/rucksack.
Cost & Refunds
There are no refunds if you cancel your registration. Generally most race costs are incurred in the weeks and months leading up to an event and therefore it is difficult to offer refunds. However, if you know you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible to allow people on the waitlist an opportunity to run. If it is possible to defer your registration to another event we will do so, however it will be dependent on the timing of the cancellation and deferral request.
About the run itself
All races begin at 8 am. The time may be modified by 15 minutes to accommodate 5k runners to start first, pending registrations. Fall temps in Hampton Roads late November tend to be in the 50s, but it could vary so be sure to check the temp forecast leading up to the run. We will run rain or shine.
The run is on a 5k loop and runs in the opposite direction of the Windsor Castle 10-Hour. There are two street crossings, however there is very minimal traffic in this area. The course will be marked. (The park is open from dawn to dusk, so your call if you want to max out the time it's open).
Aid station: We will have a fully stocked and pretty awesome aid station for all runners.
All finishers receive a homemade medal. Plus, each runner gets an additional cool finisher’s item.
Awards for top miles for the first three women and first three men for all events. Age group awards will also be provided. If there is a tie in miles, the award will go to the runner who ran the miles the quickest. Rucking category will have top 3 women and men overall by distance.
About Windsor Castle Park and Facilities On Site
Windsor Castle Park is a wonderful park located in the Town of Smithfield. You can read about the park here: http://www.windsorcastlepark.com
If you've not visited the Town of Smithfield before or Isle of Wight County, please consider checking it out and staying for the weekend and supporting local businesses. It's a lovely place to visit. https://www.genuinesmithfieldva.com If you have family or friends that might want to cheer you on they'll definitely want to check out everything that's happening in the community. It's also super close to other wonderful tourist destinations if you're looking to make this a "race-cation", such as Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and Virginia Beach.
We'll have a shirt option and you can snag a sweet shirt as an add on. Sizes will be available in men's/unisex and women's cut.
Local time: 9:14 AM