December 8, 2007 - Start Time 12:01 AM
Limit: 100 Runners
Course Overview with Maps
Times for multiple finishers - Updated for 2006
Directions to the Start-Finish and Crew Directions
Directions for Runners
Additional information concerning projected times and cut-offs.
Course Overview by Aaron Schwartzbard - with maps
DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007
TIME: 12:01 A.M.
(18-HOUR TIME LIMIT)
1971 University Blvd.
The start is at the Northeastern terminus of the Glenwood House Trail at the Hellgate Parking lot. This is 2.3 miles from Natural Bridge Station, VA.
Camp Bethel, which is near Fincastle, VA & 10 miles
north of Troutville, VA
$90 postmarked by November 15 - $110.00 thereafter. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OF ENTRY FEES AFTER November 20th.
Make checks payable and send entry to: David Horton, Liberty University,
Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502
MALE AND FEMALE WINNERS:Sub 18-hour finishers will receive an award. Details aren’t final yet but they will probably be Patagonia awards similar to the awards given in the first three Hellgates. The male and female winners will probably receive Patagonia jackets. The top 2 – 10 men and the top 2 – 5 women receive the new Patagonia wool zip neck tops. Male and female masters, male and female grand masters, and male super masters will also receive this top. All other sub 18-hour finishers will receive the new capilene 2 zip neck tops.
PRE-RACE CHECK IN, DINNER & BRIEFING:
Check-in will begin around 6:00 P.M. at Camp Bethel on Friday December 7. Around 7:00 P.M. a pasta meal will be served. The pasta dinner is free of charge to runners and about $7.00 for everyone else. Around 8:30 P.M. we will have a course briefing. Around 11:00 P.M. we will be driving to the start.
AWARDS CEREMONY & POST-RACE DINNER:
overall male & female winners will receive a Patagonia Down Jacket (84601
and 84612) in a medium size. The 2nd - 10th males
& 2nd - 5th females will receive a Patagonia R.5 Top
(41600 and 41610). Age group winners in the masters, grandmasters, &
super masters will also receive the R.5 Top. All other finishers (under 18
hours) will receive a Patagonia mid-weight Zip-T Top (44263 and 44276).
Finishers will receive
only one award.
DIRECTIONS TO FINISH & CAMP BETHEL:
To obtain directions to Camp Bethel, go to Http://www.campbethelvirginia.org
We plan on having nine (9) aid stations.
There will be crew access at all aid stations except the 1st aid station. “Please” drive carefully (slowly on the gravel roads when going from aid station to aid station). ).
TRANSPORTATION TO THE START:
The start at Hellgate parking lot is 26.8 miles from Camp Bethel. It takes about 30-35 minutes to drive to the start. I will be renting a 12-16 passenger van to help take runners to the start. I do not plan on having a bus to transport runners to the start. I hope that runners who have crews can help transport other runners to the start.
There will be two cutoff times. Headforemost Mountain aid station (21.9 miles) and Bearwallow Gap aid station (42.5 miles). Runners must reach Headforemost by 6:30 A.M., and Bearwallow by 12:30 P.M., to be allowed to continue.
POST RACE :
The awards will be presented around 6:00 P.M. We will have some food available after the race.
We will allow runners to have drop bags for two aid stations:
1. Headforemost Mountain (21.9 miles)
2. Bearwallow Gap (42.5 miles)
There will be showers at the finish at Camp Bethel
The best map to get of the course is the Trails Illustrated Map put out by National Geographic. The map name is: Lexington-Blue Ridge Mts.- George Washington & Jefferson National Forests & the map number is 789. (Trail # 15 on map)
The Glenwood Horse Trail is marked with 2” by 6” paint and plastic blazes. We also plan on marking the course with orange streamers. We will be putting up chem. lights at tricky turns & intersections. It will not be daylight on Saturday until 6:30 or 7:00 A.M. We will probably hang chem. lights for the 1st 43.6 miles. Course marking days will be on December 2nd and December 6th if you can help.
The weather at this time of the year in Virginia is very “unpredictable”. It could be 30-40 at night and 50-60 in the daytime or teens at night and 30-40 in the day. We don’t usually have much snow at this time of the year, but we could. Come prepared for EVERYTHING. . !! In 2005 we had a couple of inches of ice on 4- 8” of snow.
The course starts near Big Hellgate Creek & goes through the following places: Petites Gap (8.0m), Camping Gap (13.6 m), Overstreet Falls (21.3 m), Floyds Field (23.2), Jennings Creek (29.0 m), Little Cove Mtn. (35.1 m), Bearwallow Gap (42.5 m), Bobblett’s Gap (49.6 m), Day Creek (56.8 m), Blackhorse Gap (59.2 m) and finish at Camp Bethel (62.5 m).
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY CROSSINGS:
The Glenwood Horse Trail crosses the Parkway at: Petites Gap (71.1 m), Floyd’s Field (80.5 m), Bobblet's Gap (93.2 m), & Black Horse Gap (97.6 m).