Saturday, August 5, 2023
Join a bunch of fun-loving people who are as crazy as you are for the 2023 Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50K. The trail is flat, well-maintained, and mostly shaded. But running 31 miles in the summer in Virginia is still crazy. See you on race morning!
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Trail Name: Dahlgren Rail Heritage Trail
Surface: Converted railroad bed. 99.8% dirt, grass, pine needles, crushed stone, small gravel
Setup: The race is an out and back
Elevation: Fairly flat with some gradual inclines and declines. Thankfully trains don't like steep hills.
Time Limit: There is a 9 hour time limit to finish the race.
Support Crew: Crew assistance is limited to aid station locations. All other on-course support is prohibited.
The race is run entirely on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail which is a converted railroad bed and provides solid footing with little or no roots. This trail is flat, smooth, and fast with a variety of surfaces ranging from dirt, gravel, grass, and pine needles.
The course is an out and back. The volunteers from Friends of the Dahlgren Trail do an excellent job of ensuring that the trail is in peak shape for the race!
The trees along the trail ensure almost 100% shade during the run.
Awards and Swag
Cash Awards: Top three male and female finishers
1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50
Course Record Bonus: First person running faster than:
Fastest person in each category who runs faster than the existing record will receive a $100 cash bonus.
Age Group Awards:
Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female finishers in the following age groups will receive an award
18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.
We will not hold an official awards ceremony if it's an exceptionally hot day. If the weather is tolerable, please join us for an awards ceremony at 12pm!
Race participants receive:
Technical race tank top (shirts/shirt sizes are not guaranteed for those registering after July 15, 2023)
Custom die-cast finisher's medal
In 2014, we had the fastest trail only 50 km times in the US for both Men and Women. Michael Wardian - 3:10:26 and Gina Slaby - 3:39:26.
Access the event web site at https://www.arsenal-events.com/dahlgrenrail50k or the website button above to get full race information.
There is a separate page for the half-marathon at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/KingGeorge/3HTrailHalfMarathon
Historical Data: https://slowoldrunner.com/dahlgren-heritage-rail-trail-50km-history/
Where To Stay
The Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located within walking distance to the Start/Finish.
Event's current local time: 9:42 AM ET
Contact the hotel to book your stay and receive a discounted rate of $119/night!
16348 Gateway Lane, King George, VA 22485