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Training for the races:  Loch Haven is a private membership club.  Call if you want membership details (540) 366 - 1174.  You will not be able to use Loch Haven prior to the event unless you are a member.

I suggest you either park at the Bennett Spring Parking Lot or at the end of Timberview Road.   Using the Cove requires a Trail Usage pass.  You can get these passes at Just the Right Gear on Route 311. 

Timberview - At the end of this road is an asphalt cul-de-sac.  Do not park on the asphalt.  You can park in the grassy area in front of the metal gate.  From here you can run the course minus the 2.5 miles to and from Loch Haven.

Bennett Springs - Just north of Salem on route 311.  Take Carvin's Cove Road to a stop sign, go right, and take this back to the big gravel parking lot on the right.  This is the best location for parking but you'll miss out on some of the course from here.

 

Sunday June 1st, 2014; 6:30am Start

350 Runner Limit - Spaces Open

Race Headquarters at Loch Haven Lake

You will not need a day use pass for participation in this race

 

Mail-in Registration            25k: $40 on or before May 10th

    (Click above for link)                             $50 after May 10th

                                        Marathon:  $60 on or before May 10th

                                                            $70 after May 10th

Online registration            25k:  $40 (plus $3.40 processing fee) on or before May 10th

    (Click above for link)                                        $50 (plus $4.00 processing fee) after May 10th

                                        Marathon:  $60 (plus $4.60 processing fee) on or before May 10th

                                                            $70 (plus $5.20 processing fee) after May 10th

 

Due to the unpredictable weather in early June we are making it mandatory to carry water.   (It doesn't matter what size container you carry, but you will need to carry something.  I recommend the standard 20 ounce handheld bottle with pocket for gels and/or electrolyte pills.)

This is a great event.  If you are from Roanoke it gives you a chance to compete against the home town folks to see who's top dog.  If you aren't from Roanoke it gives you the chance to see 80% of the trails of the park that will be well marked and maintained.  This is the anchor event to the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS) and it has it all; great challenging course, beautiful venue, great aide stations and post race food, and a relaxing atmosphere to hang out in after the race. 

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the place to run and ride if you are in Roanoke.  It is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds not only a major water source within its 12,700 acres, but also overflowing recreation opportunities.  There is approximately 40 miles of roads and trails in the park and with the newly accepted trail plan there should be miles and miles of new trails added each year. 

Both race distances will be challenging.  There will be a lot of climbing, approximately 3500ft of elevation gain in the marathon.  1000ft of this will occur following mile 18, but your reward will be 2.35 miles of downhill followed by a relatively easy 2 miles to the finish. 

This event will be headquartered at Loch Haven Lake Property rules state that there will be No Dogs Allowed on the property for this event. 

Training for the races:  Loch Haven is a private membership club.   See info to the right for where to park for your training runs.

Price includes a challenging well marked course, technical shirt with great design, finishers award, 8 well stocked aide stations, and post race food with good people. 

Top 3 overall Male and Female winners, 1st place M/F Master winners, and 1st place in each age group will also receive a special award. 

 

Course;   Map

 

Spectator Info:     Map          Directions          Race Spreadsheet

Spectators will not need to purchase a day use pass for Carvins Cove

 

Packet Pickup, Registration and Race Day Info

Thursday 5/29/14 at Gilbert Chiropractic in Salem - 375-3990; from 3-7pm.

Race Day

Packet Pickup, Registration, and Check-in - 5:15-6:15

There will be a Race Briefing at 6:15.

Marathon Course Description (3504ft of elevation gain):  There will be a Marathon Time Limit of 7 hours.  Runners must reach the AS #6 (18.57 miles) within 4 hours 15 minutes to continue on to the finish.    

For those of you looking for the last step before trying an Ultra Marathon, this is it.  You will get everything an Ultra has in 5 less miles.  This course should give you the challenge, mentally and physically, that you need to be able to finish a 50k. 

Water Stop Plan

Runners will leave Loch Haven Lake and run onto Timberview Road heading to the Cove.  At the end of Tiimberview runners will go around the gate and then take a left onto the Trough.  This is a 1.11 mile steep climb.  This will bring you to the Brushy Mountain Fireroad.  Here you will take a left for .4 miles to Buck which is on your right (AS #1 - 2.86 Miles).  Buck starts out as a steep rocky downhill and then rolls for a total of 1.24 miles.  At this point you will take a right onto Hotel for 1.13 miles.  At the next trail intersection you will take a right onto Hi-Dee-Hoe for .3 miles until you veer left onto the 4 Gorge Trail.  This is a 2.67 mile rolling up and down trail.  The end will bring you back to a lower section of the Brushy Mtn. Fire road (WS #2 - 7.93).  From here you will continue straight on the new 4 Gorge Extension for .76 miles.  This will take you to the top of Tuck-a-Way where you will take a left.  Tuck-a-Way is a 1.02 mile trail that is gradually downhill, minus one short steep hill, that you can roll through with lots of speed.  This will take you to the 4 Way where you will head straight on Enchanted Forest.  You will be on this trail for .46 miles where it has been rerouted to the Happy Valley Road (HVR) where you will take a right for .13 miles (WS#3 - 10.39) and then take a right back into the very scenic second half of the pine forested Enchanted Forest trail for .44 miles.  This will take you back to HVR where you will take a right followed by an immediate left onto the .3 mile Little Bell.  This is a beautiful .3 mile section of pine needle covered trail that will take you back to HVR.  Here you will continue straight across HVR onto the 1.82 mile Schoolhouse.   At the end you will again come to the halfway point at HVR (WS #4 - 12.96).  Here you will take a left and stay on the road for 1.03 miles until you come to Arrowhead on your right. This trail starts out on one of my favorite sections as it follows the creek.  It will continue to go up and down as you navigate 4 creek crossings.  In total this is a rolling 1.63 mile trail.  At it's end you will come to HVR and take a right for .11 miles to the entrance to Songbird (WS #5 - 15.73).  Songbird is a flowy trail that starts out with an uphill for the first .26 mile section where it comes to a gravel road which you will cross and continue on for the remaining 1.91 miles till it takes you to HVR again.  Here you will take a right and continue on to the base of the Brushy Mountain Fire road and the 1000ft climb for the next 2.89 miles.  A half mile into the climb you will reach (WS #6 - 18.57).  From here you will most likely question your sanity for entering this race at least once (warning; this section may make entrants cuss, shake their fist at the sky, or lie down while slamming their hands and feet into the ground in the act of a tantrum).   Once at the top you will continue downhill on the fire road for another .64 miles to Gauntlet (WS #7 - 21.9).  This is a 2.1 mile fast descent that will have you ready for a flat stretch of trail.  At the bottom you will take a right onto Horse Pen for 1.25 mile.  Horse Pen is a an old access road that will take you on a gradual uphill to the gate that you came to at the start of the race.  Go around the gate (WS #8 - 25.31)and then continue on Timberview Road until you reach the entrance trail back into Loch Haven Lake. 

 25k Course Description (2440ft of elevation gain):

For those of you looking for the last step before trying a Trail Marathon, this is it.  This course should give you the challenge, mentally and physically, that you need to be able confidently enter a road or trail marathon.  

Water Stop Plan

Runners will leave Loch Haven Lake and run onto Timberview Road heading to the Cove.  At the end of Timberview runners will go around the gate and then take a left onto the Trough.  This is a 1.11 mile steep climb.  This will bring you to the Brushy Mountain fireroad.  Here you will take a left for .4 miles to Buck which is on your right (AS #1 - 2.86 Miles).  Buck starts out as a steep rocky downhill and then rolls for a total of 1.24 miles.  At this point you will take a right onto Hotel for 1.13 miles.  At the next trail intersection you will take a right onto Hi-Dee-Hoe for .3 miles until you veer left onto the 4 Gorge Trail.  This is a 2.67 mile rolling up and down trail.  This will take to Brushy Mtn. Fireroad (AS #2 - 7.93 Miles) where you will take a right and start climbing for 2.41 miles to the top of the climb.   From the top you will have a .64 mile descent to to Gauntlet (AS #7 -  10.98 Miles).  This is a 2.1 mile fast descent that will have you ready for a flat stretch of trail.  At the bottom you will take a right onto Horse Pen for 1.25 mile.  Horse Pen is a an old access road that will take you to the gate that you came to at the start of the race.  Go around the gate (WS #8 - 14.71) and then continue on Timberview Road until you reach the entrance trail back into Loch Haven Lake. 

 

Race Sponsors:

RNUTS Title Sponsor Foot Levelers Inc.

Roanoke City Parks and Recreation

Gilbert Chiropractic

Laurel Hills Salon

Walkabout Outfitter

theAidStation.com

TK Miller MD of Carilion Clinic Sports Medicine

FloydFest

East Coasters

MedExpress

Roanoke Outside

LaSportiva

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Directions to Loch Haven

2755 Loch Haven Lake Drive, Roanoke, VA, 24019

From the North on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a left onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn (almost immediately).  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles. 

From the South on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a right onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn.  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles. 

 

RACE DAY RULES:

  • Race number must be on your front, and visible at all times. Do not tear off the bottom strip until the finish (Even if we chip time the event. The tear tag is our backup).

  • Follow the marked trail no short cutting.  We have eyes everywhere!

  • Communicate and be courteous when passing or being passed.

  • Same goes for our volunteers.  They've taken their day off to help you. 

  • Headphones (ipods, mp3 players, etc) are permitted only if you keep the volume down so that you can hear other runners behind you and our volunteers when they need to get your attention.  Failure to do this will jeopardize the use of headphones for you and the other runners in the future. 

  • Dogs are NOT permitted.

  • If you drop out of the race, please let us, course marshal, or volunteer know before leaving the event.

 

For Race Information Contact:

Mountain Junkies L.L.C.

212 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

540-525-9452

info@mountainjunkies.net