Red Eye 50km

January 1, 2014
8:00 AM
Triangle, VA

RSVP is now closed | List of RSVPs

We will start at 8 AM. Real wussy. You can sleep in.

REDEYE 50K (18th Year) [NOTE: For many years, Team Slug, primarily Dan Grayson, Bill Sublett, and James Moore, put on the much-loved Redeye 50km on New Year's Day. Team Slug has allowed Gary Knipling to do it. So the Redeye is on. Unlike in the Team Slug days, the aid station will be totally unmanned and there will be absolutely no finishers awards. (Team Slug used to have creative, goofy finishers awards.) Otherwise it is the same. Remember that the tradition is to bring good, greasy food to share.]

Thanks also to Bob Phillips, Bruce Tweedie, and Johanna Lockner for helping with this event in 2013.

WHEN: 1 January 2014, Starting Time 8:00 a.m.

 Map to StartWHERE: Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Virginia. Take the Triangle/Quantico exit (Exit 150-B) off I-95 (about 25 miles south of D.C.) and follow the signs to the park, which is just west of the freeway. Enter the park (right turn) and make the second left into the Pine Grove picnic area. After your left turn, stay left and go to the end of the parking lot. See Driving Map at right ("Exit 150" is from I-95)

You will need to pay the National Park Service entrance fee on the way out. We believe the fee is $5 for a car or $3 if you walk in unless you have a NPS pass.  If you didn't pay on the way in, please stop at park headquarters to pay on the way out.

WHAT: 50 kilometers (???) of primarily groomed forest trails. The course consists of three repeats of a 10-mile loop, with a short loop at the beginning to make it 50km, more or less. If you don't like the recommended course, just run anywhere you want to - this is not a real event. We will not generally hang streamers, but hope to mark the two or three important turns. The trails are well-blazed. Any markings will be taken down by the third loop. So pay attention and learn on the first two loops.

Jim MooreWHY: Beats watching parades on television. Your opportunity to start the year off with a 31 mile per day training base. The squirrels need company. Freezing cures hangovers (???).  And Gary will be your host!

Some Details: This is not a race, no trophies, no T-Shirts, no race entry fees, just the opportunity to run forest trails with your friends. Results (???) will not be posted in Ultrarunning. We will have one unmanned aid station at the start/finish. We may provide water and some energy replacement drink. In keeping with the Team Slug tradition of this run, we ask that the runners contribute to the aid station, usually a small feast. Please don't bring too much food. Bring enough for you and a couple of inconsiderate jerks who bring nothing. Don't bring something for everyone. We generally have had to throw a lot of food away in previous years.

Mid-Loop Aid Station: There will be no mid loop aid, but each loop will go through the Turkey Run area where there is a bathroom. You can get water there.

Important Points: Parking can get tight. If you can't find a place, look for someone who appears official to direct you. Don't park illegally, please!

Bring a Water Bottle: We are very unlikely to have drinking cups. Bring a water bottle to pour fluids in or just drink out of the container. This event was established before the invention of the Camelbak.

A Map: We will have an updated course map soon. (Note: We have said this for years. There is still not a map.  You will figure it out.)

The maps on this page come from the Park Service Site

RSVP: If you plan to come, please RSVP. We don't have a limit and there is no fee. So don't rush to RSVP unless you really plan to come. RSVP is now Closed | List of RSVPs

If you have RSVP'ed and find out you can't come, please e-mail Gary. For questions, contact Gary at g.knipling@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: This is not a race or official event of any kind. If you like official structure stay home and wait for W$100.

Call or e-mail Gary Knipling for more information. g.knipling@gmail.com.

Your Former Hosts: Slugs Bill Sublett and Dan GraysonBill and Dan