Waterfall 50km (AKA MLK #2 or Bur's Death March)

This 50km race will take place on Sunday January 14th, 2018, which is Day 2 of the MLK holiday weekend training runs.  Start time will be 8 AM, so you can sleep in for the full day on the trails that will await.  

Traditionally, we ran a variant of the "Gap to Gap" run on the southern end of the Massanuttens on MLK Day 2 and for the past several years we started and ended at the so called "211 East parking".  This 50km is yet another variant on that theme, but with a mighty kick. And oh what a kick it is . . .

The run will again start and end at the 211 East parking.  Here is a more detailed turn sheet but a general descriptions follows.

  • Start at gate at MMT connector trail (N side of Rt 211).
  • North on MMT connector to base of Waterfall.
  • Up Waterfall, cross Crisman and then North on Kerns to Jawbone.
  • Quick out and back to Jawbone overlook (don't neglect this part!).
  • Down Jawbone to Gap Creek(East).  Aid Station 1 (9 miles).  
  • Continue East on Gap Creek trail, up and over Peach Orchard Gap to Duncan Hollow and then right (south) on Massanutten orange trail.
  • Follow orange all the way back to the base of Waterfall.
  • Up Waterfall a second time to Crisman Hollow Road crossing.
  • Left on Crisman (south) and take road to Visitors Center.  Aid Station 2 (19.7 miles).
  • From Visitors Center, leave on Wildflower trail and then up to Bird Knob to the same riff as we usually do  - white Bird Knob Trail to Tower Road, right to purple, left (up) purple to pink, (left) down pink and then sharp right on orange to make your way back to 211 East parking.

The "run within the run" - "The King and Queen of Waterfall".  The first 5k covers from the starting gate up Waterfall to Crisman Hollow Road.  We will be tracking the splits of everyone from the start to Crisman and the fastest male and female will be declared the King and Queen of Waterfall.  These runners also need to have completed the whole course in order to be King/Queen.

The field will be limited to 75 runners and initial entrants will be limited to VHTRC members only.  We will open it up to others in a few days if there is room. If the field fills, then a wait list will be maintained. 

If you also sign up for the MMT Training Academy Run #1/MLK #1, which will be held the day before, please give SERIOUS consideration to whether you will be able to run both days before signing up for this race - in other words, don't take up a runner's slot if you are unlikely to get out of bed after MLK #1 feeling psyched to run MLK #2.  Volunteer slots are available in that case!

Massanutten Training Academy site - more details

Here is where we will post the entry link, once December 26 rolls around and entry open!

And in a similar vein, you will find a link to the list of entrants here once a list builds.  Meanwhile, results and reports are below, so you can do more research before pulling the trigger on your entry.