Welcome to the 7th Running

                  Certified Course

                  2013 Santioned Event

October 11, 2014

2013 Results

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New for 2014: This race will also serve as the USATF Virginia Association 50km Championship!

To be eligible for USATF Association prizes, runners must be members of USATF (USA Track & Field). See below for more information.

  The New River Trail 50K is a USATF measured and certified  50km and marathon courses (VA12047RT and VA12048RT). This means all runners must complete the 50K but will receive both a 50km time and a certified marathon split time! (Time can be used as a Boston Qualifier, etc...)

Hosted by Virginia's New River Trail State Park

Sponsored by:
Mud Mama Pottery


This is a 50k (31.1 miles) ultramarathon to be run completely in the New River Trail State Park on the New River Trail.

All proceeds from the event will go to The National Committee for the New River (NCNR), a non-profit organization that protects, restores and educates about one of the oldest rivers in the world. NCNR works in all 3 states (North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) of the New River’s watershed.

This is a “green race.”We will use local, recyclable items and products from companies with “green” practices as much as possible. We will use minimal disposable materials and those that must be disposable we will choose recycled or recyclable in our area as much as possible. To this end we encourage use of hand held water bottles/waist packs whenever possible! When choosing materials, foods and supplies for aid stations and runner “giveaways” we strive to have 75% of our goods come from either local manufacturers and/or growers (within 100 miles of course start) or from companies that have a demonstrated commitment to reducing their impact on the Earth.

All the information for the race is here on this site. If you need more information contact Race Directors, Courtney or Carol, nrt50k@ncnr.org or call 336 846-6267.

The event starts at 8am and has a 7-hour time limit. The Start/Finish area is northwest of Galax, VA in Fries, VA. This is the Fries Branch of the New River Trail State Park. GPS coordinates for the race start: 36° 42' 54.77" N, 80° 58' 37.59" W at an elevation of 2159ft.

Course Description (Click here for a map): The course is 100% dirt, flat and entirely along the New River and Chestnut Creek in the New River Trail State Park. Runners leave the Fries New River Trail terminus and go north to Fries Junction. Runners turn south at this junction and continue to the turn around near Cliffview. Runners turn around and finish at Fries. There are 5 aid stations on the course.

Aid Stations: Aid stations at mile points 5.33/6.15, 11.82, 15.94, 20.06, 25.73. See course map for more detail. Each aid station will be stocked with, at a minimum, electrolyte drink, water, assorted sodas, PB&J squares, fig bars, salty snacks, candy, and fruit. Runners are encouraged to carry at least 1 water bottle as a very limited supply of disposable cups will be available.

Drop bags: Runners may leave a drop bag at the Start/Finish area race morning by 7:15 AM. Bags will be delivered to the Cliffview turnaround. Please clearly mark bags w/name, bib #. Waterproof the bag if necessary. Bags will be returned to the finish area by 2 PM. Forgotten or abandoned drop bags can not be mailed. Items left after 4:30 pm will be either recycled, donated or disposed of...Please leave a note on the dashboard of your vehicle to help you remember!

Number Pick-up: This will occur at the Start/Finish area from 6-8 PM Friday night and 6:30-7:45am, race morning. Sunrise will be 7:26am and sunset the night before will be 6:48pm. Runners should consider bringing headlamps or flashlights to pick-up numbers. Parking is across a grassy field with limited lighting.

Pets: Dogs/cats are not permitted on the race course with runners. Dogs/cats are permitted within the New River State park and therefore at aid stations, however, according to park rules, must be kept on a leash at all times. Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

Travel Directions: Driving directions to Start/Finish in Fries, VA and aid station directions for crews and supporters are here

Volunteers needed: We couldn't do this event without the generous and enthusiastic support of volunteers. We need folks to assist with registration, “sweep“ the first 15.94 miles, work at the finish line, wave banners at road crossings, and help park cars in the dark race morning. Please contact race directors Courtney or Carol at nrt50k@ncnr.org if you or someone you know would like to help out!

Registration: In the spirit of being "green," registration will be handled online at UltraSignup.com.
http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=27497 No refunds or rollovers.

2014 Fees: $71.50 includes shirt, $45 no shirt. After 8/28/14 the fee will be +$15 per person. Shirt option not guaranteed after 9/12/14. Contact race director for availability.

Shirts are Patagonia Capilene One long sleeve race shirt. (men's and women's sizing). Colors yet to be determined.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available (without shirt). Please email race director with your request.

The $26.50 difference, between $45 and $71.50, is purely to pay for the shirt, tax, shipping and printing.

The first 80 runners to register will get their choice of the Quickdraw Plus hand held water bottle from Nathan Products or a locally made pottery tumbler . Runners over 80 will receive the Quickdraw Plus.

Lunch: Homemade lunch will be served next to the Start/Finish area. Meal included with registration. Runners are encouraged to bring their own reusable cup/bowl/spoon to lunch to cut down on the need for disposables.

Awards: In addition to the registration gifts, the top 3 men (under 40 years), top 3 women (under 40 years), top 3 men (over 40 years), top 3 women (over 40 years), top 3 men (over 55 years), and top 3 women (over 55 years) will receive product prizes.

Drawing for various door prizes will be held on Saturday.

USA Track & Field Virginia Association Championship: USATF Virginia will be awarding medals to top male and female overall competitors and in the following age groups: 40-44, 45-49, etc. in 5 year increments. How deep medals go will be determined closer to race day when we see how many USATF members will be competing.

This is essentially 2 races going on at the same time with 2 different sets of results and prizes! To be eligible for all, runners should be sure to join USATF. For example, say the first place female finished in 3:45 and she is a member, she will be both NRT50km winner and the USATF Association Champion. If she was not a USATF member, she stills wins NRT50k yet would not be recognized by USATF. The Association member Champion would be the next woman to finish who is a member. Any questions about the USATF Championship part of the 2014 New River Trail 50k may be directed to Annette Bednosky at annettebednosky@gmail.com

Area information: Fries is located 13 miles from Galax, VA and 15 miles from Independence, VA just several miles off of VA Hwy. 58. This website has all sorts of information (lodging, eats, history, etc): www.FriesVa.com

Sleep and Food: Restaurants, fast food and supermarkets are available in Galax, Hillsville, and Independence. There is little food available in Fries. Click here for lodging and eating options.

Hampton Inn, 205 Cranberry Rd, Galax VA  24333 276-238-4605

-15 rooms blocked for October 10-11, 2013 at a rate of $112.50 plus tax = 127.46

-Room held under NCNR and need to ask for these rooms to get special rate.

-Rooms not booked by September 26 will be cancelled and rates will be $135.00 plus tax.

-These rooms are non-smoking and mixed types (single and double)

-This is a high reservation time for the hotel so racers may want to reserve as soon as they can.

Comfort Inn, 151 Farmers Mark Drive, Hillsville VA  24343 276-730-9999

-15 rooms for October 10 and 11, 2013 at a rate of $99.00 plus tax = $113.17

-Rooms held under NCNR Race and should be requested this way to get special rate.

-Rooms not booked after September 25th will be at $110.00 plus tax

-These rooms are non-smoking and mixed types (single and double)

- This is a high reservation time for the hotel so racers may want to reserve as soon as they can.



Additional information:

• For those new to this sort of event, we suggest that you practice carrying fluids/fuel, as our aid stations are an average of 5+ miles apart!

Doing your first 50k and want some training ideas? Check out what Matt Sims has to say about training for The Stump Jump 50k at www.RockCreek.com.

• Dink Taylor has developed some 16-week 50K training plans based on the amount of time you can put in. They are planned for the Mountain Mist 50K, but can easily be adapted for this event!

for training and other information.

For more information write Courtney or Carol at, nrt50k@ncnr.org or call 336 846-6267