Into the Darkness 4 Mile Night Trail Run
Friday Night -
10/23/15 at 7:00pm
My advice on running trails at night
About the race
This is the Roanoke Valley’s most unique event. The course
will take you through 4 miles of the Explore Park.
Much of the course is on
designed trails. The course consists of 3 miles of twisty rolling
single track and 1 mile of grass and asphalt roads. These trails
will be marked with reflective arrows, glow sticks, and the occasional
(nothing scary, this is a family event).
Every effort will be taken so that you will easily be able to find your
way and stay on course.
A light source is mandatory;
recommended that you have
at least a headlamp or flashlight.
I personally think it is best
to carry one of each. A headlamp to see where you are going and
a flashlight to cast shadows and give you depth perception (easier to
see those sneaky roots and rocks).
We will leave this up to your personal preference. It is
recommended that you try your choice of light source under similar
conditions prior to running the race.
NOTE—Headlamps, flashlights, and any other light source will not be
provided by race management.
Packet Pick-up and in person Registration;
10/22/15 - Gilbert Chiropractic -
10-1 & 3-6pm - 375-3990
10/23/15 - Explore Park
- Packet Pick-up
Race Day Itinerary
5:15-6:40pm - Packet Pickup and Check-in.
6:45-7:00pm - Race Briefing - Discussion of Race & Course details.
(from Mamma Maria's in Salem) along with a lot of
other food - (of course pumpkin bread).
Door Prizes will be
given out while the results are being processed
Into the Darkness Awards Ceremony
Age brackets for the races include, for
both male and female:
9 & Under;
10-14; 15-19, 20-24; 25-29; 30-34;
35-39; 40-44; 45-49;
50-54; 55-59; 60 & over
The top 3 overall male and female
finishers for each race will receive distinctive awards.
The top three finishers
in each age group will receive a medal recognizing their achievement.
the Explore Park
Once on the Blue Ridge
Parkway go to milepost 115. Take the road into the Explore
Park. Once in the gate you will park in the first lot on your
right. Race headquarters will be in the Visitor's Center.
From the South on I-81
Take I-81 to exit 143
for I-581 south. Take I-581 south through downtown Roanoke.
Once you are through downtown I-581 turns to HWY 220. Continue
to take 220 south until you reach the exit for the Blue Ridge
Parkway (BRP). This will be about a mile after the Lowe's and
Home Depot. Take the BRP north approximately 6 miles to the
exit for Virginia's Explore Park. Take this road a mile or so
until you enter the park. Race headquarters is in the
From the North on I-81
Take I-81 to exit 150B
(alternate 220 South). Take A220 approzimately 5.5 miles south
to HWY 460. You will take a left onto 460 East. Take 460
approximately 2.9 miles to the exit for the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP).
Once on the BRP head south for approximately 9.4 miles to the exit
for Virginia's Explore Park. Take this road a mile or so until
you enter the park. Race headquarters is in the Visitor's
For Race Information
Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
The race starts on the
main road coming in from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The start is at
the gate at the top of the hill as you enter the park.
You will run
down the asphalt road leading to the river (1.18 miles)
This is a fast down hill on asphalt until
you get down to the river. Once to the river you will be on a
fairly flat grassy road.
Now, up the fire road to the
Endurance Loop (.11 mile)
- This is a STEEP uphill
to the trail on a fire/jeep road. If you aren't warmed up, this
hill will do it.
Next is the Endurance
Loop to the Intermediate Biking Trails
This is a fast fun rolling twisty section
of trail. There are two short sections with some fist sized rocks
(some are loose and some are embedded) you'll need to be careful around
This will lead you to the
Trails (.67 mile)
- This starts with a fast .4 mile
downhill with 5 switchbacks. From here you will gradually climb to a
sharp right hand switchback up .15 mile and then a sharp left hand turn.
This will take you up and out of the intermediate trails and on to the
Now you will cross
the road and enter the Beginner Trail
- This section of trail is rolling.
About .25 mile into it there is a downhill with 3 switchbacks.
Once out of the beginner trail you will take a left on the asphalt road
and head to the finish in front of the Brugh Tavern.