Boyer's Furnace 40 Mile

Boyer's Furnace 40 Miler

Saturday December 28, 2019 - 7:30 AM Start

2019 Boyers Furnace Entrants LIst

Boyer’s Furnace is a minimally supported 40-mile loop through the Massanutten Mountains, sponsored by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club. The run was started in 2006 by Greg Loomis. It was under the able stewardship of Carter Wiecking and then Tony Escobar for several years.  2019 will be Year Three under Race Director Carol Cohen. Carol is excited at this opportunity to provide the trail running community with a quality Fat Ass race experience, on the behalf of the VHTRC and in the tradition of Greg, Carter and Tony.

The race is named for Boyer’s Furnace, one of four stone blast furnaces operated in the Fort Valley area during the 19th century.  Runners pass the furnace ruins roughly halfway through the circuit, on a dirt road section while crossing the Fort Valley on the edge of the George Washington National Forest boundary line.

This event is a classic "fat-ass" run: there is no entry fee, no awards, and some runner-provided aid will be made available at a limited number of locations along the route.  This is an excellent opportunity to burn off all of those holiday treats (and pounds)!

Markings are minimal, so the runner must be comfortable navigating a course using a map and turnsheet in order to participate. This is a MUST!  Some of you will know this course, but those who are not 100% sure of the route should be carrying a turnsheet and a map.  Carrying your cell phone is also a wise option, not only in case of emergency, but so that you can document the trail, your fellow runners, the bears, etc.

Race entry will be opened up to 110 runners. If that figure is hit, then entry will be closed, and there will be no wait list and no additional entries allowed.  With standard attrition ahead of the race, 110 entrants will generally winnow down to the actual desired number of runners (just under 75).

Read on for more details about this event. The link to enter the 2019 race opened through the VHTRC's online signup system on Monday November 18.  Read through the following details to confirm that this event REALLY is for you, and then you will find the entry link below. NOTE: Volunteers are very much needed, so contact Carol if you would like to help your fellow runners out!

Where: The start is at Camp Roosevelt's "horse parking lot" at the southern end of the Fort Valley (also known as Stephens Trail Parking in Google Maps).  

When: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 7:30 am, post-briefing and obligatory group photo.

What: 40 miles, with a healthy mix of technical single track trail, dirt country roads, and some brief stretches of pavement.

How: With the aid of your volunteers, you will be tracked and provided replenishing sustenance at three points along the course:

   Veach Gap A.S. - @ 17 miles
   Woodstock Tower A.S - @ 23 miles (or 22 miles, based on weather)
   Edinburg Gap A.S. - @ 31 miles

Said sustenance will include an item from a common ultra trail aid station food group that you will be asked to provide (such as soda, Gatorade, chips, or cookies).

Why: What better way to kick off your 2020 training, and knock off some holiday pounds, while also spending time on the trails with old friends and new?  And if the weather is cooperative, you will be treated to some incredible views on both ridges of the Massanutten Mountains.

Congratulations on reading this far through the race details.  If you are still interested in being a part of the Boyers Furnace 40 Miler field to close out your trail running for 2019, then follow this link to the online entry form.

Volunteers - 2019:

  • Carol Cohen - RD
  • Sheila Veibert - Veach Cap'n
  • Carolyn Foley - Veach
  • Josh Howe - Veach
  • Erin Altemos - Veach/Sweep
  • Charlene Howard - Veach/Sweep
  • Tony Escobar - Woodstock Cap'n
  • Tracey Thibodeau - Woodstock
  • Larry Thibodeau - Woodstock
  • ???? - Edinburg
  • Erick Kuhlman - Edinburg Cap'n
  • Mike Zinn - Edinburg Cap'n
  • Arif Khazi - Finish Line Cap'n
  • Tom Simonds - Finish Line

Elevation profile:

Altitude profile

More information: Turn sheet | Start Location | Reference Map

And Even More Information:  Contact Carol.

Results of Prior Runs

Club Event Participant Medical Policy

This is an event with very real risks to your well being. The VHTRC does not provide medical care for runners at this event. Runners are responsible for their own health, safety, and well being at this event.  No doctors, nurses, or emergency medical technicians, or anyone with any medical training are available along the course, at any aid station, or at the finish. The club does not supply any medical goods or services, including bandages, splints, antiseptic, or Ibuprofen or any other drugs to maintain the health of runners. Physical, medical, and emergency care is the runners' responsibility.  In case of an emergency, we will endeavor to get local emergency personnel to an injured runner as soon as possible.  Since most of our events are in remote areas, medical care may be far away in distance or time.  Each year, runners finish — or are forced to drop out — with scrapes, deep cuts, hematomas, dislocations, and sprains.  Runners have experienced cuts, bruises, bee stings, and asthma attacks. This is an event with very real risks.