The Freight Train 50k/100k is a companion race to the summertime Night Train 50k. It takes place on the same trail but takes place on December 2nd 2023. The course features a Half Marathon, a 50k and 100k option. It is a relatively flat rail trail. There is a slight incline in each direction as you leave the starting line. Total elevation gain is less than 1500 feet for the 100k. If the weather cooperates, this should be a fast course. The race begins at 7:30am and ends at 1:30am on the 11th. There is an 18 hour time limit for the 100k. The only time limit for 50k runners is that they have to finish before the 18 hours cutoff for the 100k runners. This makes it a great first time Ultra! All runners will pass over the famed “High Bridge” twice during their run.
The race begins at 7:30 for the 100k on December 2nd, 2023. The start and finish line will be at the Train Station in downtown Farmville. Runners will travel east from Farmville. All pacers will sign a waiver. In addition to the manned aid stations above Crew can access their runners at Elam and Camp Paradise. Runners older than 60 years old who wish to have a pacer for a longer period may do so by contacting the Race Director ahead of time. Crew members should park in designated spaces only.
Drop bags for the 50k runners will be available at Farmville (halfway point) and Tuggle. Drop bags for the 100k runners will be available at Orchard Rd, Farmville (halfway point) and Prospect
As always, discounts are offered for all military, fire, law enforcement, EMS, teachers and nurses. Simply enter THANKS for your discount.
We also offer discounts for groups. If you will be running in a group of 5 or more email me ahead of time for a discount code.
Understand that by signing up you are registering for a winter Ultra. The weather could be 65 degrees or it could be sleeting and snowing. The event will be held in the case of bad weather. The race director reserves the right to move the race one weekend later (December 9th) in the case of a huge snowfall. There are no refunds. Deferrals will be made at the race director’s discretion. If you request to defer after 1/1/2023 you will have to pay a $10 deferral fee when you register again. In the event of a cancelation beyond our control we will attempt to roll you over to next year. Refunds are not possible in the event the entire event is canceled.
The last day to register and be guaranteed a current shirt is November 1st. Registrations after that date will either be provided a shirt if there are extras or be given a shirt from a previous year. This is due to supply chain issues and needing to order shirts a month in advance
New this year is a half marathon. The Half Marathon begins at 9am at the Farmville Train Station. Runners head east on the trail 6.55 miles to a turnaround just past Camp Paradise. This is a manned, water only station. They turn around and head back to the finish.
High Bridge Challenge
Want more? Step up to the plate with the High Bridge Challenge. Run both the Night Train and Freight Train Half Marathons (26.2 miles total), 50k's (100k total) or 50k and 100k (Night Train 50k and Freight Train 100k) in the same calendar year. Participants completing both will receive a special award at the conclusion of their Freight Train Distance. If you plan to complete the challenge, enter "CHALLENGE" as a discount code when signing up for Freight Train for 15% off. There is an additional cost (aside from signing up for each race) of $10 to cover awards for runners. Participants must sign up (for tracking purposes) on the High Bridge Challenge registration page
If you are part of a group of 5 or more runners email me ahead of time for a special discount. Also, if you get 3 other people to sign up I will give you a free entry. Email me for details
Event's current local time: 9:33 AM ET