The MMT is a challenging 100 mile trail ultra over a demanding, rocky course in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs that total 18,500 feet. While the May date usually avoids Virginia’s brutal summer weather, we have had rain and violent storms in prior years. The event is noted for its well-stocked, friendly aid stations and good course marking.
Start Time and Place: The run starts at 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp in Fort Valley, Virginia (near Luray). The finish line is at the same location as the start. The course closes 35 hours later at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.
The Course: The course is a loop in the Massanutten Mountains. Course information.
Aid Stations: There are 15 aid stations. Most will be fully stocked.
Medical Issues: Runners at the MMT are responsible for their own health and well-being. We do not have “medical checks” or medical professionals at the event. You need to take care of yourself. Please read our medical policy before you enter.
Drop Bags: You may prepare drop bags for delivery to most aid stations. Drop bag guidance. Be sure to note the deadline for submitting drop bags and the likely wait to get them back.
Course markings: The course will be marked with yellow surveyor’s tape. Red tape will bar entry to trails you shouldn’t take. Never cross a red ribbon. There will be reflective markings for the the portions of the course traveled at night. While the VHTRC has an established reputation for a well-marked course, that doesn’t mean you can’t get lost if you don’t pay attention.
Cut-offs: All aid stations with crew access have cut-off times that will be enforced. You must be out of the aid station before the cut-off. A race official will enforce the cut-off times. The overall time limit to complete the course is 35 hours. See course information for more information on aid stations and cut-off times.
Pacers: You may have a pacer join you at anytime at the Camp Roosevelt aid station (63.5 miles) or any aid station beyond that point where crew access is allowed. Also, you may pick up a pacer at the Habron Gap aid station (54 miles) after 6 p.m. Saturday. Most food items at the aid stations will be available to pacers but some may be reserved for registered runners. We do not have means to give transportation to pacers or drive their cars anywhere.
- Pacers may only join a runner at an aid station.
- A runner may only have one pacer at a time.
- The pacer and runner must remain together at all times — that is, the pacer cannot come into an aid station ahead of the runner in order to fill up water bottles and grab food, etc. in order to save the runner time at the station.
- The pacer is a companion not a leader. That is, (and we know this one is hard to enforce, so we hope that you do the honorable thing) the runner is supposed to “lead” and find and follow the course on his own.
The pacer is not a “mule.” That is, the pacer is not supposed to carry the runner’s water bottles, etc.
Solo Division (No crew, no pacer, no headphones): For those runners who complete the event without crew or pacer support. Enter Solo Division
Crews: We provide support so that you will not need a crew. But your crew is welcome to support you if they comply with the rules for crews.
Awards: All finishers will receive an engraved belt buckle—silver for under 24 hours, pewter otherwise. There will be awards for the male and female winners in the categories noted below. At least two competitors must start the race in a category for an award to be earned.
- Master (age 40-49)
- Senior (age 50-59)
- Super Senior (age 60+)
With the exception of the Solo division winner, the winners of the categories listed above can only receive one award. The overall winner will not receive the award for his or her age group. The overall winner may receive the solo division award if he or she participated in the solo division. The awards work down as listed above. The result is that the first VHTRC is the first member of the VHTRC to finish who did not win the overall award or an age group award.
Special recognition is given to 5, 10, 15, and 20 year finishers.
Post Run Celebration and Awards Ceremony: We will again have food and refreshments at the finish line that will be free to all — runners, volunteers, crews, and pacers. The awards ceremony will take place in the afternoon. More details will be available as the race approaches.
Training Runs: There will be training runs on the course. Training Run Information. Also, since the entire course, except for the start and finish, is on public land — you can explore the course yourself with a map.