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Aid Stations

There are 11 aid stations on the 100k, 7 on the 50k and 2 on the 25k course. The longest gap is 11.3 miles on the Whetstone Ridge Trail on the 100k course. Aid stations are well stocked with water and electrolyte drink, ice (during warm weather), gels, energy bars, potatoes, fruit, tortillas with peanut butter, jelly and nutella, saltines with peanut butter, jelly and nutella, candies, cookies, chips, pretzels and random treats. Some aid stations will also offer warm food like soup, Noodleaid (chicken noodle soup with Gatorade, special recipe) and quesadillas.

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Cutoffs

Aid stations on the 100k and 50k course will have cutoffs. The cutoff for the 100k course is 19:00 hours and for the 50k course is 10:00 hours. Please note that cutoffs will be strictly enforced with no exceptions. Continuing on the course beyond a cutoff will NOT be allowed under any circumstance. Please respect the fact that, if you are thinking to continue on unsupported, you are still under the race management's responsibility. If necessary, the race management will call the Ranger to escort you off the course.

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Drop Bags

Drop bags will be allowed at several locations on the course, including the finish line, for all three events. We will not ship your drop bags! Drop bags should be no larger than a small backpack. Please babe each drop bag with: aid station name, your bib number, your name. Drop bags will not return to the finish until the aid station closes, which will be very late in the day for most aid stations. You can pick up your Sherando Lake drop bag on your own but you will not be able to pick up Bald Mountain until the aid station closes

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100k Trail Race

Point-to-point course starting at Camp Blue Ridge and ending at Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge. The course has 8,696 feet of gain and 7,940 feet of loss and it's 80% single track trail and double track trails with 10% on gravel and 10% on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The time limit for the 100k is 19:00 hours. The race starts at 6:00am at Camp Blue Ridge. There will be a shuttle from the finish (Skylark) to the start (Camp Blue Ridge) on race morning. Shuttle information coming soon.

50k Trail Race

Point-to-point course starting at Camp Blue Ridge and ending at Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge. The course has 5,345 feet of gain and 4,588 feet of loss and it's 80% single track trail and double track trails with 10% on gravel and 10% on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The time limit for the 50k is 10:00 hours. The race starts at 6:00am at Camp Blue Ridge. There will be a shuttle from the finish (Skylark) to the start (Camp Blue Ridge) on race morning. Shuttle information coming soon.

25k Trail Race

A loop course starting and ending at Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge. The course has 3,153 feet of gain and 3,153 feet of loss and it's 70% single track trail and double track trails with 10% on gravel and 20% on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The race starts at 9:00am at Skylark Nature Preserve.

Course Markings

The course is very well marked. However, please familiarize yourself with the general course layout. If you get lost, please retrace your steps to the location where you initially got lost and pick up the course from there. Unless instructed during the race briefing, you should go no more than 1/4 mile without seeing a marker.

Details

  • Orange Surveyor Flags
  • Orange Chalk
  • Orange Arrows on Stakes
  • The road portions, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, will have cones
  • Critical turns will have specific signs, such as "25k LEFT, 50k & 100k STRAIGHT"
  • The night portion of the course will be marked with reflective ribbons and/or glow sticks

Please NO DOGS at the finish (Skylark) and alongside runners on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the trails. Dogs are allowed on a leash at the crew access locations, except for the finish.

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