Packet pickup, a pre-race dinner, and a race briefing will be held the Friday of race weekend at a TBD location near Prince William Forest Park. We'll release more information as we get closer to race weekend.
The race begins at 0600 (that's 6 a.m., folks) at Prince William Forest Park’s Camp 5, aka Camp Remi. Camp Remi is located on Route 619 (Joplin Road), approximately four miles from I-95. Take a right onto Mawavi Road and follow the right fork of the road.
We heard you, 2016 runners: Parking was challenging. We'll be changing things up this year in the hopes of making things easier. (We tried to get Prince William Forest Park to build us a parking garage. We're still not sure why they said no.) We'll post detailed instructions as we get closer to race weekend.
- Be nice to volunteers, other runners, and crew, and listen to instructions from the race director and aid station captains. If you’re rude, you’ll be disqualified.
- Do not transfer your bib to someone else. You must be registered, and you must run with your own bib.
- No littering. If you litter we’ll think you’re a terrible person. You’ll also be disqualified.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Prince William Forest.
- Runners are responsible for the actions of their crew, including children and pets. It is the runner’s responsibility to make sure his or her crew is familiar with the crew instructions.
- Your pup is adorable, but he or she isn’t allowed at the Camp Remi start/finish area or Camp Toofy. (Other pets aren’t as cute as dogs, and the rule still applies to them. Bummer.)
- Each runner’s number must be displayed on his or her front at all times.
- Runners are responsible for checking in at the start and making sure they’re checked in every time they pass through the Camp Gunny, Camp Toofy, and Camp Remi (start/finish) aid stations. It is your responsibility, not the aid station volunteers’, to make sure your number is recorded.
- Runners must stay on trail. If you get lost, you must return on foot to the point where you went off-course and complete the race from there. You may not ride a bear, be carried by Sasquatch or be teleported by aliens to get back to where you went off-course. Doing otherwise will result in disqualification.
- Runners for the 100k may have a pacer for loop 3. Runners for the 100-miler may have a pacer for loops 3, 4, and 5. Pacers are not allowed to mule — i.e., carry your stuff — or provide any assistance other than keeping you entertained and safely on trail. Pacers can pick up their runners ONLY at Camp Remi.
- Runners wishing to drop must do so at a manned aid station by surrendering his or her bib to the aid station captain only.
- Every runner is required to use his or her own illumination device (preferably a flashlight or head lamp, though the RD may give you a blinky ring) from sundown around 1630 (alright, we'll translate this one too — 4:30 p.m.) to sunup just after 0700.
- Each runner must carry a hydration device that can hold at least 12 ounces of liquid. Runners without a pack or handheld will be disqualified.
- Changing distances on race day is not permitted. If you signed up for the 100-miler but only complete three loops, you will be considered a DNF. If you signed up for the 100k but run five loops, you’ll be considered a 100K finisher — and insane.
This loop course is primarily single-track trails, with occasional roots, rocks, and brief technical sections. There are also spurts of fire road and rolling hills but no substantial climbs. The first loop for both races is 23 miles, and subsequent loops are 19.5 miles. The 100k will complete three loops, and the 100-miler will complete five. The course will be well-marked.
There will be some minor changes to the course for 2017. Loop 1 for both distances will have a slightly different start to help ease congestion. The new route will send you briefly down a park road and then directly down the double track onto the loop. We'll also be simplifying the finish: All runners will finish every loop on the double track. The slightly longer start eliminates the need for a separate Loop 3 100k finish.
Runners have 20 hours to complete the 100k and 32 hours to complete the 100-miler. There will also be cutoffs during the race itself — a chart with times is in the aid station section below. Aid station captains have full authority to enforce cutoffs and prohibit any runner they deem medically unfit from continuing onward.
Click the image below to view a larger version of the course elevation profile, or download a PDF version here.
Runners for the 100k may have a pacer for loop 3. Runners for the 100-miler may have a pacer for loops 3, 4, and 5. Pacers are not allowed to mule — i.e., carry your stuff — or provide any assistance other than keeping you entertained and safely on trail.
Drop bags will be transported to the Camp Toofy and Camp Gunny aid stations as well as left at the Camp Remi start/finish. Please put your name on the outside of your drop bag(s). Remember that volunteers have to schelp your bags, so don’t bring the steamer trunk that your grandma brought from the Old World. We’re certain you can fit everything you need in a small backpack, duffel, or even a gallon Ziplock bag.
NOTE: We cannot guarantee that drop bags will be collected and returned to Camp Remi until after the cut-off for the 100K, and until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for the 100-milers. You can collect them at Camp Toofy any time, but you will not be able to collect them from Camp Gunny. Any unclaimed drop bags will not be mailed to participants post-race.
Each loop has three fully stocked aid stations (Camp Remi start/finish, Camp Gunny, Camp Toofy) and three unmanned aid stations (RP Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie) with only water. Crew are permitted at Camp Remi and Camp Toofy only. There’s no crew access at Camp Gunny or the RPs.
At the manned aid stations, we’ll do our best to provide a variety of options for all diets, but if you have specific dietary restrictions or allergies, please be prepared to carry your own food. Note: This is an apricot-free race.
Northern Virginia provides delightful December weather. Average highs in December are are in the mid- to upper-40s (Fahrenheit), with average lows around 30 — perfect shirtless running weather.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the first-place active-duty military runner and first-place retired military runner.
Ten-time finishers will receive a puppy.
Prince William Forest Park is a short hop off I-95 in Triangle, Virginia. The closest airports include Washington Reagan (DCA), Dulles (IAD), or Richmond (RIC).
Bunk beds will be available at the Camp Remi start line area. Contact us to reserve a bunk. Everyone must be checked out by noon on Sunday.
The closest hotel is the Ramada Triangle/Quantico.
We don’t endorse any of these hotels; we just Googled for you.
Timing is being provided by our friends at Athletic Equation. Results from 2016 are available here.