Quad State Quad Buster

Run Date: October 26, 2013

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​Entry is open for VHTRC members only and per qualifications/experience listed below: Register here


Mason Dixon LineThe concept is simple. The run itself certainly is not:  Start in PA, just north of the MD line, and run south in four states along, except for the end, the Appalachian Trail (PA->MD->WVa->VA).  Total distance: long.  Seems longer than it is.  Your time/effort will be similar to that of a tough 50 miler.

This is a training run, not an event.  There is no entry fee.  We will support you and keep track of you in the name of safety but there is no keeping score; just friends supporting friends enjoying some trails and the outdoors.

Volunteers are needed!

  • Transport to start: Need 3(maybe more?) (Approx time needed - 5am-8am) May need more or less depending on field size and sizes of vehicles available.
  • AS #1 and #3: Need 2 (8:30am-3pm) Will work aid station #1 and then pack up and move and oversee aid station #3.
  • AS #2 and #5: Need 2 (10am-6pm) Will work aid station #2 and then pack up and move and oversee aid station #5.
  • Finish: Need 1 (3pm-9pm)

The above is an ideal breakdown of the work but may not suit your schedule/plans -- no worry, any help at all would be appreciated, just let me know.

If you can help, contact Bur.

2013 volunteers: Mike Bur, Caren Jew, Tom Simonds, Caroline Williams, <your name here!>

Run description/background:

This is not a beginner level run.  Re-read that first sentence again, it's important.  Experience running on tough trails for 50+ miles is required. 

If I don't know you or you don't have some sort of verifiable resume/CV on athlinks.com or realendurance.com, this run just isn't going to be a good fit for you this year - but we could always use more volunteers.  Email me if you have any questions about these requirements.  Participants will also be limited based on the number of volunteers I can get to commit for that day.

You will be allowed one reasonable sized drop bag that you will see twice: at Aid Station #2 and again at #5.  BAGS only, no boxes or anything else solid, they just don't pack well.  There will be aid at four locations, plus self serve water at one (see below).  You will also be assigned an item to bring to contribute to the community aid.

It's the AT, it's blazed white, how hard could it be to follow?

That notwithstanding, PATC maps 5&6 [that's only one piece of paper] is required gear.  The last couple of miles leave the AT and are on a blue-blazed side trail. This map is available from the PATC store.

A working cell phone with a fully charged battery is also required gear.   When you register, list your cell phone number - you may need to contact me or I may need to contact you during the event.

You will also need a light in your drop bag -- except for the very fast, many will finish in the dark. Be prepared.

We will try our best to support everyone on this run.  However, be prepared -- mentally, physically and with your gear.  If you are fast, you could very well out run the aid and/or your drop bag.  Ask Keith Knipling.  If you are moving slow, having a bad day and/or get lost, you may arrive at and aid location to find the station has already packed up and moved forward.  Ask Joe Hanle.  Neither of these guys whined about their situations.  If you find yourself as an outlier at either of these ends, be prepared to solve your own problems.  A working phone and an extra layer(if it's cold/rainy) can go a long way here.

In the morning, we will meet at the Weverton parking lot. We will then cram as many people into as few cars as possible and shuttle everyone to the start at Pen Mar. Get to the Weverton parking lot by 5:45 a.m. at the latest as we will be leaving at 6 a.m. sharp and shoot for an 7 am start -- the days are getting shorter and we will want to maximize the amount of usable daylight available.

The run starts at Pen Mar(actually at the road crossing just north, in PA) at 7ish a.m. Aid will be at five locations:

  1. Wolfsville Rd (9 mi) - map
  2. Rt70/Rt40 (17 mi) - map [cutoff: 11:45]
  3. Rt 40alt (22 mi) - map [cutoff: 1:30 those arriving after 1:00 must have light when they leave]
  4. Crampton Gap/Gapland Rd.(self serve water only) (29 mi) - map
  5. Weverton (36 mi) - map (this is where we will also be meeting for the car pool in the morning)

There will be two cutoffs. AS2 (17 mi) at 11:45 a.m. and AS3 (22 mi) at 1:30 p.m. Times based on a 7 a.m. start; adjusted accordingly if we start slightly later.  Any runner not making these cutoffs will be shuttled ahead to another aid location and will be allowed to continue on at that point if he or she desires.

At the bottom of this page is a general map that has the road crossings for both the AT and the Catoctin in Maryland. The green dots are for the AT.

Questions: Contact Bur, who is in charge of this run. 

2010 Starters
2010 starters

See also: The Quad State From Long Ago

The Course

Area Weather


U.S. Naval Observatory
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Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia (longitude W77.7, latitude N39.3):

Saturday 26 October 2013  Eastern Daylight Time          
Begin civil twilight 7:05 a.m. Sunrise 7:33 a.m. Sun transit 12:55 p.m. Sunset 6:17 p.m. End civil twilight 6:44 p.m. MOON Moonrise 11:36 p.m. on preceding day Moon transit 6:44 a.m. Moonset 1:47 p.m. Moonrise 12:32 a.m. on following day
Last quarter Moon on 26 October 2013 at 7:42 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.


Course profile with Aid Stations Marked

Elevation Profile

Course Map