On August 1, Virginia should be in Phase III of the Forward Virginia Reopening Plan. At this time, we are applying for permits to hold this race. We have had to make drastic changes in our operating procedures, DO NOT assume that what happened in the past will happen in 2020. Some highlights:
With Phase III, gathering size is unlimited. However, some people may feel safer with social distancing. We have designated the color Safety Yellow as the "stay away from me" color. Any person wearing a Safety Yellow top is asking people to respect their space and stay at least 6 feet away. Race shirts will be Safety Yellow.
There will be Limited on Course Aid. Each runner will receive 1 liter of bottled water at mile 6.5. You will need to carry, from the start, any food you need on the course or additional fluids. There will be other locations along the course with first aid.
Bring your own sanitizer. We're in the woods, we have no running water, it's a long race and sanitizer supplies are limited. Race management does not guarantee there will be wash stations or hand sanitizer at the start/finish or along the course. Nor will we clean the porta pots after each use.
If the race is cancelled, we will give FULL REFUNDS of race entry fees. Local officials may pull our permits at any time. Let's hope for the best. We will not have a virtual option or deferels to 2021.
In the past, we have had a large tent at the Finish and cooked burgers. We can't do that this year. There will be no tent and all food will be packaged and accessable only by Race volunteers. This includes bottled and canned beverages.
There will be NO post race awards ceremony. Awards will be distributed as some runners finish. Age group awards will be mailed.
To reduce the number of people, and potential infection sources, you will not be allowed to have a crew or pacer. And please, ask your non participating friends to stay at home. COVID-19 is a lower respitory illness. You will have a very difficult time running if infected. On the other hand, a spectator could hang out and cough up a lung and not feel that bad.
All participants must be at least 18 years old. Sorry, this the first time I needed to add an age restriction.
As always, when you pick up your race number, you will required to sign a Waiver and provide Emergency Contact information. New this year, is a COVID-19 clause that you accept that you may be exposed to the virus. Please do not register for the race and then ask for a refund because of the fear of becoming infected. In this latter case, you probably are already in fear. Expect the same level of the virus as current.
On race day, please don't show up with a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19. There will be other races to run. If you cannot and do not run due to a positive test for COVID-19 or you are quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19 between July 15 and August 7, send us the results and we'll give you a FULL REFUND.
If Virginia is in Phase II of the Forward Virginia Plan, we will have two start waves of about 35 participants each. The first wave will start at 7:45am for runners expecting to finish faster than 2:15. The second wave will be remaining runners starting at 8:15am.
Also with a Phase II, runners in the first wave should stay in or near their cars until 6:45am and in the second wave until 7:45am.
There is a separate race information for the Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50km.
Saturday August 1, 2020 - 8 AM
Race is limited. Parking is at the Rt 605 Trailhead. Please Carpool and arrive early. Lot opens at 5am.
Rt 605 Trailhead on Dahlgren Rail Heritage Trail, King George, VA - 10431 Bloomsbury Rd - King George VA 22485
18 years old and older
Finish - 13.1 miles - 3:30pm
All runners must check in at the start line on Saturday Morning
Runner numbers will be recorded at the Gun Club turaround aid station. Make sure your number is recorded upon arrival.
If you drop, you must turn your number in at the next aid station on the trail.
A runner will be financially responsible for any search and rescue if they fail to follow tracking procedures.
Until June 30, 2020 - $50
July 1 to July 29, 2020 - $60
After July 29, 2020 - $70
Finisher's Medal. Tech shirts to all registering by July 16, 2020. Don't want a shirt or when we run out? Entry fee will be reduced by $5.
Overall - Top Three Males and Females - Gift Certificates ($75, $50, $25)
Age Groups - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over - Top Man and Woman in each age group - Gift Certificate
Manual timing provided by Race Timing Unlimited. Gun times will be recorded. All awards are based on Gun Time.
from Fredericksburg 9 miles east on Rt 3. Turn left on Bloomsbury Rd (Rt 605). Trailhead is 1.5 miles on the right. Parking at the trailhead is limited, please carpool and arrive early. Lot opens at 6:30am.
The following hotels have confirmed they are open and taking reservations.
Holiday Inn Express - 540-625-2034
Quality Inn - 540-663-3060
Hampton Inn - 540-625-2333
Country Inn and Suites - 540-644-1500
Courtyard Fredericksburg - 540-373-8300
Hilton Garden - 540-548-8822
Hampton Inn - 540-786-5530 (Currently closed)
Will be available at Rt 605 Trailhead on July 31 only. No fires, no electricity and no running water. Porta Pots available. Anything outside of your car will need to be moved by 5am to allow for parking.
Out and back on Dahlgren Rail Heritage Trail from mile post 0 to just past mile post 6.5.
Link to trail map. DHRT is a private trail and a permit must be granted for pre race training.
Road Map with Hotel, Restaurant, Start/Finish and Crew Location
From Start to Mile 4.0 - From Start to Lambs Creek Church Rd, some crushed stone and rails are still in place. Section between Lambs Creek Church Rd has crushed stone and pine needles. Nicest part of trail with pine tree canopy.
For Miles 4.0 to 6.55 - Parts of the trail is crushed stone. Other parts of the trail has 1 inch stone gravel in most of this section. Large stone gravel is hard on your feet. A few railroad ties are still in the ground.
For Miles 6.55 to 9.1 - Reverse of Miles 4.0 to 6.55
For Miles 9.1 to Finish - Reverse of Miles Start to 4.0
# - Location - Miles
1 - Rt 605 - 0.0
2 - Gun Club - 6.55
3 - Rt 605 - 13.1
Aid Station 1 (Start) - On your own
Aid Station 2 - 1 liter of Bottled Water
Aid Station 3 (Finish) - Bottled Water, Bottled Gatorade, Canned Soda, Packaged food (cookies, chips, fruit cups)
There are no crews nor spectators, allowed.
All Registration closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday July 29, 2020.
All participants must sign a paper waiver and include emergency contact inforamtion. The next button opens that waiver document for you to review and print.
Packet Pickup - Thursday July 30, 2020 (5 to 7pm) - River Rock Outfitter 215 William Street in Fredericksburg
Packet Pickup - Friday July 31, 2020 (4 to 5pm) - Rt 605 Trailhead
Race Day Pickup - Saturday August 1, 2020 (starting at 7am) - Rt 605 Trailhead.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 540-310-4803