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 is now under the stewardship of Tony Escobar. 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.

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 four locations along the route.  Markings are minimal, so the runner must be comfortable navigating a course using a map and turnsheet in order to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to burn off all of those holiday treats (and pounds)!

The field will be limited to 75 runners. Entry through the VHTRC's online system will open on Friday November 17. Read on for more details about this event, and to the link to enter (which will go live on the 17th).

Entrants - 2017

Volunteers - 2016:

  • Race Director Tony Escobar
  • Natalie Escobar + kids
  • Brian Schmidt + father
  • Angela Russell
  • Kevin Bligan
  • Dan Aghdam

Interested in volunteering?  Please contact the RD, 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 30, 2017 at 7:00 am. (or shortly after 7, post-briefing and once there is enough light to see the trail).

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
   The Veech Gap A.S. - @ 17 miles
   Woodstock Tower A.S - @ 23 miles
   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, cookies).

Why: What better way to kick off your 2018 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.

Entry for 2017 will Open Here on Friday November 17.

Elevation profile:

Altitude profile

More information: Turn sheet | Topo Maps | Start Location

And Even More Information:  Contact Tony Escobar

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.