This event has been postponed from Sep 23, 2023 to Sep 30, 2023.
Due to Tropical Storm Ophelia the York River State Park has closed for Saturday, Sept. 23rd. Race has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.
The 8 mile course is a mixture of fire roads and single track trails. The trails are technical and rolling- and very fun! Exposed roots, bridges, ravines and fast sections can be found on the route in beautiful York River State Park. We will use the Backbone, Laurel Glen and Marl Ravine trails. No shirt size guaranteed after Sept. 12th! Start time is 8am and packets can be picked up race morning. We are proud to be a part of the Virginia State Parks Adventure Series and more info on the series can be found here: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-series
There will be 4 Aid Stations on the course, here are the details (please thank these wonderful volunteers when you go by) Please plan accordingly based on the weather. I strongly recommend bringing your electrolyte drink of choice on your person :
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, snacks, gels (on Marl Ravine)
Aid Station #2, approx. mile 6.5: Water only (after Exit to Marl Ravine on Backbone)
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.
The course will be heavily marked with arrows and pink confidence streamers. There are many intersecting trails along the course, if you are confused just make sure you are following the pink streamers and you will be all good!
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
Awards will be given in the following age groups:
Event's current local time: 8:03 AM ET
Overall top 3 men and women
1st place in the following age groups male/female:
19 and under
70 and up