Boyer's Furnace 40 Mile

Boyer’s Furnace is a low-key, minimally supported 40-mile loop through the Massanutten Mountains. The run was started in 2006 by Greg Loomis, and has been under the stewardship of Carter Wiecking and then Tony Escobar for the past few years.  2018 will be Year Two under Race Director Carol Cohen. Carol is excited at this opportunity to provide the trail running community with a quality Fat Ass race experience in the tradition of Greg, Carter and Tony.

The race is named for Boyer’s Furnace, one of four stone blast furnaces operated in Fort Valley 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.

The race will be limited to 75 runners in the starting field. If the limit of 75 is reached, then entry will place you on the wait list, in order of entry (so ignore the randomly-generated "lottery" numbers for this event).  As a runner formally drops out of the field, the next runner on the wait list will be let in.  There will be no additional notification, so keep your eyes on those entry and wail lists to see when (if?) you get in!

Read on for more details about this event. The link to enter the 2018 race will be posted here in late November, when entry to the VHTRC's online signup system will be opened.

Entrants - 2017

Volunteers - 2017:

  • Carol Cohen - RD
  • Tony Escobar - RD Emeritus
  • Michael McCormick - VG/WT
  • Jon Jester - VG/Finish
  • Brett Martin - VG/Finish
  • Erin Altemos - VG/Sweep
  • Homer Komthirath - WT/EG/Finish
  • Challen Edwards - WT
  • Dan Aghdam - VG/EG/Finish
  • Susan Gardner - WT/EG
  • Debbie Marcus - WT/Finish
  • Quatro Hubbard - Q-Baru

Interested in volunteering?  Please contact RD Carol, as volunteers are needed to make this race a success! 

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 29, 2018 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 four points along the course:
   Milford Gap A.S. - @12 miles (perhaps - depends on volunteer turnout/weather)
   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 for common aid (such as soda, Gatorade, chips, and cookies).

Why: What better way to kick off your 2019 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.

Look for the link to entry for 2018 here sometime after Thanksgiving, 2018!

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.