HOW MUCH IS RACE REGISTRATION?
50K Race Registration
$85 before Jan 1
$100 after Dec 31
$115 after Feb 28
25K Race Registration
$60 before Jan 1
$75 after Dec 31
$90 after Feb 28
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
There will be no refunds or rollover of entry fees. Runners can transfer distances up to the day before the race, no refund for changing from the 50k down to the 25k, runners increasing from the 25k up to the 50k will have to pay the difference in price. Runners can transfer their entry to another runner, to be used the same year as originally registered.
IS YOUR EVENT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES?
Open to all ages. By registering for this event, you are certifying that you are medically able to perform this event, and are in good health, and are properly trained for the distance.
WHEN IS THE LAST DAY I CAN REGISTER?
Registration closes: Sat, Apr 6 @ 11:59PM ET
IS THERE CAMPING AVAILABLE?
Yes, space has been reserved on the Town of Fries section near the start and finish line. Tent, RV (no hook-ups), and car camping will be available Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. You will need to sign up for camping on the UltraSignup Registration link as an Add-On, which is $5 for both nights (link below). All spaces are first come, first get.
CAN MY DOG RUN WITH ME?
I love dogs! And for the safety and consideration of all, we will not allow dogs to run the race with participants. Dogs and puppies are welcome to stay with their spectator friends to cheer you on.
DO I GET A SHIRT WITH REGISTRATION?
Yes. When you are registering for the race on UltraSignup, you will be asked your shirt size. The options include:
Women's Cut Small
Women's Cut Large
Women's Cut XL
ARE THERE TIMING MATS?
Yes, there will be multiple timing mats for both the 25k and 50k that you will cross. Your race bib will have a chip. Please be sure to cross the timing mats. Do not go around the timing mats.
IS THE COURSE STILL USATF CERTIFIED FOR THE MARATHON AND 50K DISTANCES? AND WILL THERE BE A MARATHON SPLIT?
The course is USATF Certified until 12/31/33. Yes, there will be a timing mat at the marathon split and you will receive a marathon split you can use as a Boston qualifying time.
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED AT THE RACE OR ON THE COURSE?
No, per Virginia state law, alcohol is not permitted on state park land. The entire course is located on state park land.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TRAIL SISTERS APPROVED RACE?
Trail Sisters Approved means providing women the race day they deserve by honoring the following commitment:
Equal Podium Spots
Equal Prize Money & Awards
Women’s specific swag & apparel.
Menstrual products at aid stations.
Equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line.
WHERE CAN I FIND GPX FILES AND COURSE MAPS?
Upon registration through UltraSignup, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to the race guide, which has this information.
CAN I HAVE A PACER?
Pacing is not allowed on the course. Crewing is only allowed at official aid stations. This is especially important for those in the 50k distance in order to meet the standards for a qualifying marathon time.
CAN MY FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER VOLUNTEER?
If any of your family or friends are coming to the race and willing to volunteer, please let me know. Volunteers are always needed to assist with parking and packet pickup race morning from 6:30 am until 8:45 am - after this they would be free to meet up with you at aid stations along the course! Volunteers can also help with manning road crossings and aid stations. All volunteers will get a free race shirt and earn race credits towards a future New River Trail 50k/25k event. Every 2 hours of volunteer time earns $15 towards a future race entry. These credits are transferable, so if your friend or family member is not a runner, they can still earn you a discount for another race or next year's New River Trail Race. Please have your volunteer reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be included on volunteer updates for 2024.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE RACE?
THIS IS A CUPLESS RACE so you will be REQUIRED to carry a collapsible cup or bottle for the race.
Other runners will use a running belt or vest, poles, trail shoes versus road shoes, 50k drop bag with extra clothing and socks.
WHAT TYPE OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?
I typically wear my road shoes for the trail. The trail is a crushed gravel in most areas. In some areas, it is a bit rocky. It’s a nice surface that is softer than running on the road.
I hope this helps you decide! You can always bring both pairs of shoes and test out the beginning of the trail to see what you prefer too.
WHAT'S THE ELEVATION GAIN IN EACH DISTANCE?
The total elevation gain for the 50k is approximately 666 feet. The 25k is approximately 333 feet of gain. It is significantly more flat and less steep of an incline compared to the Creeper Trail.
WHAT IS THE ADDRESS FOR THE STARTING LINE?
321 Firehouse Road Fries VA
DO I NEED TO DO FOR THE EARLY START OPTION?
You can sign up for the early start option upon registering for the race on UltraSignup.