The New River Trail 50k and 25k are 100% dirt, flat, and entirely along the New River and Chestnut Creek in the New River Trail State Park. 8:00 am start time for the 50k and 9:00 am start time for the 25k with a 3:00 pm cutoff. An early start at 7:10 am will be offered for runners who feel that they will need more than 7 hours to complete the race. Homemade soup lunch for all runners and their supporters.
Aid stations at mile points 6.15, 11.82, 15.94, 20.06, 25.73 for the 50k. See course map for more detail. The 25k will use the same aide stations and they will be located at 5.33 and 10.20 miles. Each aid station will be stocked with electrolyte drink, water, Coke, PB&J squares, salty snacks, candy, and fruit. This is a cupless race! Runners are required to carry at least 1 water bottle/cup as there will be NO disposable cups available.
Drop bags (50k only):
50K Runners may leave a drop bag at the Start/Finish area race morning by 7:15 AM. Bags will be delivered to the Cliffview turnaround. Please clearly mark bags w/name, bib #. Waterproof the bag if necessary. Bags will be returned to the finish area by 2 PM. Forgotten or abandoned drop bags CANNOT be mailed. Items left after 4:00 pm will be either recycled, donated or disposed of...Please leave a note on the dashboard of your vehicle to help you remember
This will occur at the Start/Finish area from 6-8 PM Friday night and 6:30-7:45 AM race morning for the 50k. 25k runners can pick up their bibs from 4-8 PM Friday night and 6:30-8:45 AM race morning. Runners should consider bringing headlamps or flashlights to pick-up packets. Parking is across a grassy field with limited lighting.
There will be no refunds or rollover of entry fees. Runners can transfer distances up to the day before the race, no refund for changing from the 50k down to the 25k, runners increasing from the 25k up to the 50k will have to pay the difference in price. Runners can transfer their entry to another runner, to be used the same year as originally registered.
View Past Race Photography
View the photos from 2023's race, which are included in the race registration and yours to download:
Event's current local time: 9:56 AM ET
All photos used for the 2023 event were taken by Jesse Kokotek.