PB&J Fat Ass 50K

The PB&J 50K Fat Ass
6th Annual!
Saturday -- 5 October 2019
8 AM Start

Entry to the 2019 race will open in early September,  Stay tuned for more precise details closer to that time period. 

NOTE: the 2019 race will see a slighlty altered course and a new start/finish location within Prince William Forest Park.

Sign up for the 2018 race opened on August 31st and it closed at its 110 runner cap on September 11th.  

Entrants List - 2018 PB&J 50k

Results - 2018
Results - 2017
Results - 2016
Results - 2015
Results - 2014

The 6th annual running of the PB&J 50K Fat Ass race will be held on the trails in Prince William Forest Park on Saturday October 5, 2019.  The start/finish area is at the Telegraph Road Pavilion, located a short distance past the park's visitor center, within a half mile of the entrance to the park off of Joplin Road near I-95.

Turn Sheet and Course Sketch Map

Prince William Forest Park trail map (7 meg PDF)

Why the "PB&J 50K"?  The name of the race is an homage to the late, great training run series hosted on local NoVa trails by Toni Aurilio and Jo Leigh Lockner.  The intent of this event is not only to provide an organized 50km race on a relatively easy course in the DC area, but also to provide a great training run opportunity on some rolling, non-technical trails.  We anticipate that many runners prepping for one or more of the Mid-Atlantic area's November 50 milers may find the PB&J to be excellent prep.

PB&J Details

The start time will be at 8 AM.
Pre-race briefing will start at around 7:50 AM, so arrive and prepare early.
The briefing will be held adjacent to the start line (entrance to Pine Grove small lot).
The race will consist of two 16-mile loops.
There is a 4 hour and 30 minute time limit for loop one.
The time limit for the full distance will be 9 hours.
The course will be marked.
There will be two aid stations located out on the course.
There will be an additional mid-way aid station set up at the start/finish.
Rest rooms at the start/finish, and at the second aid station.

How Do I Play?

Enter using the VHTRC's online signup -- keep reading and scrolling for the link, once it is posted!
There is no formal entry fee - this is a "Fat Ass" event.
That said, you will be assigned a "tribute" item to bring for common aid.
You will need to pay the park entrance fee ($10 per vehicle) at the Visitor's Center at Pine Grove. If you have a National Park pass, you can display that in lieu of making day visitor payment.

Nitty Gritty?

Both loops are the same; you should print out and bring with you the highlighted map, and the simple turn directions listed below.  Bear in mind, even though the course will be marked with blue ribbons, you should do your homework, and make yourself aware of the general nature of the course and the trails used for the PB&J 50k.

The approximate length of each section of the course is noted in the turn directions below. [Note: this will be altered in 2019 - this is the course from 2018, and the new course will be slightly altered.]

Start from the point where the the main Pine Grove parking lot and the small lot meet.
Run the length of the parking lot & across a small field to Laurel Trailhead -- 0.1 mile
Laurel Trail down to suspension bridge over Quantico Creek -- 0.4 mile
Left after bridge crossing on Orenda Road -- 0.2 mile
Left onto South Valley Trail -- 6.2 miles
Right on Mawavi Road and up to Aid Station #1 -- 0.4 mile
Return down on Mawavi Road to South Valley Trail -- 0.4 mile
Right on South Valley Trail -- 2.3 miles
Right on Oak Ridge Trail -- 1.6 miles
Right on Old Black Top Road to TREC -- 1.4 miles
Aid Station #2 at Turkey Run Education Center -- TREC
Left out of TREC parking lot -- 0.1 mile
Left on Turkey Run Ridge Trail -- 1.4 mile
Left on South Valley Trail -- 0.8 mile
Right on Orenda Road -- 0.2 mile
Right across bridge and Laurel Trail -- 0.5 mile
Return to the Start/Finish area (total distance @ 16 miles)
Lather, Rinse, Repeat (total distance @ 50K or 32 miles)

Missed out on the opportunity to sign up for the race, but you want to come out for PB&J Day? Good - volunteer slots are available! Please e-mail the race director (here) if you are interested in coming out to help on race day.

Volunteers - 2019:

RD Sarah Curtis
(Mawavi - Cap'n)
(Mawavi I &II)
(Mawavi I & II)
(Mawavi I & II)

(TREC - Cap'n)

(Pine Grove/Finish Captain)
(Pine Grove/Finish)
(Pine Grove/Finish)

(Course Markings - Friday) Sarah Curtis
(Course Markings - Friday)

(Sweep - Start to Finish)
(Sweep - Start to Finish)

(Runner Check-in - Saturday morning) 
(Runner Check-in - Saturday morning)
(Course Marking Check - Saturday morning)
(Course Marking Check - Saturday morning)

As you can see above, it takes a LOT of help to make a good PB&J!  If you can help, please e-mail the RD so that your name can be added to the distinguished list of PB&J'ers above.

You have carefullly considered all of the 2019 PB&J 50k details, including the race date of October 5, start time of 8 AM Sharp, and location at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia?  Good!  Still interested in entering the race? Entry will open the first week of September.

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.