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It's finally here: An ultra-distance event in Blacksburg, Virginia. Come experience the allure of Jefferson National Forest and Brush Mountain by way of the challenging 50K or the introductory 25K (15 miler).

Runners will enjoy beautiful single track trails, fully-stocked aid stations, and the best post-race atmosphere in SWVA as finishers shuffle across the road from Heritage Park to the finish festival at Rising Silo Brewery to indulge in their hard earned complimentary race beverage (beer, ginger beer, kombucha, or house made fizzy soda) while enjoying live music.



Saturday May 4, 2019

The race will start and Finish at Heritage Park in Blacksburg. Runners will run along a paved path through Heritage park (~0.8 miles) and cross Meadowbrook Dr onto Gateway Trail. The Gateway trail serves as an access point to Jefferson National Forest.

The course is predominantly single-track with a small percentage of the course being Forest Service fire road and the first and last mile of both races being on the paved trail through Heritage Park.

entry Fee

$65 Before March 1
$75 Before April 1
$85 Before May 1

$45 Before March 1
$50 Before April 1
$55 Before May 1

**Online registration closes Tuesday April 30, 2019




race director

Brett Sherfy

Jefferson National Forest &
Heritage Park

start time
7:00 AM 50K Runners
8:30 AM  25K Runners

4:00 PM
( 9 hours)


Registration opened on Monday November   There are 150 total available spots for the 50K and 25K combined. Registration will take place via Ultrasignup.com. Click the button below to register on Ultrasignup.com. Registration closes at 11:59PM on Tuesday April 30th. No registrations will take place after the online registration closes.


The start and finish of the race will be in Heritage Park near Rising Silo Brewery. Runners of both distances will enjoy a short 0.8 mile paved path through picturesque Heritage Park before beginning the 1.3 mile ascent (700ft) up Brush Mountain via the rugged and unrelenting Gateway Trail. After cresting Brush Mountain, runners immediately begin a 1.1 mile descent down Jacob's Ladder Trail losing all of their hard earned elevation gain. At the bottom of the mountain, runners will cross Poverty Creek before arriving at the first aid station, Jacob's Cantina. After leaving Jacob's Cantina, runners will cross Poverty Creek a second time as they briefly travel along May Apple Trail before turning onto Snake Root Trail to begin their second ascent of Brush Mountain. Runners will travel 1.1 miles along the ridge of Brush Mountain on a FS fire road, reaching the highest point on the course (2900'). Runners will descend off Brush Mountain for a second time via Horse Nettle Trail, a flowy-fast single track descent leading runners to aid station three, situated in the upper lot of the day use parking area of Pandapas Pond. Upon leaving the Upper lot, the course then travels along Poverty Creek Trail until runners return to Jacob's Cantina, the fourth and final aid station for the 25K runners who will ascend Brush Mountain for a third and final time, via Jacob's Ladder Trail, and retrace their steps back to Heritage Park. The 25K (15 miler) boasts 2900' of elevation gain, one foot of gain for every foot of elevation of Brush Mountain.

The 50K and 25K overlap for the first 11 miles with 50K runners continuing along Poverty Creek Trail to Rt 708 and traversing Gap Mountain via Poverty Creek-Trillium-Skullcap-Prickley Pear-Royale Trails. 50K runners will return to the Upper Lot aid station before retracing the first 9 miles of the course in reverse. The 50K will provide runners with the grueling challenge of over 4200' of vertical ascent.


Packet pickup

Packet pickup will take place on Friday May 3 from 4-7PM at Rising Silo Brewery. This will allow runners the opportunity to see the start/finish staging area prior to race day and to understand how parking will work.

Race Briefing

The race briefing will take place immediately before the race beginning at 6:50. All runners should watch the video below as it is each runner’s responsibility to be aware of the race rules.. Please send me any questions that arise to Brett@ECBCRunning.com.


No pacers are allowed for this event. 

Runners with crew may not utilize drop bags. Crew may not run down trail to meet their runner and take their bottle or pack to fill it at the aid station. All crew support must occur within 50 feet of the aid station and must not impede the progress of other runners. Any runner with crew who fail to observe the rules of the event will be subject to disqualification.

Aid station to aid station directions for crew.



Aid stations will be stocked with the normal fare including bananas, chips, pretzels, cookies, pickles, PB&J, etc. If you want something and you don't see it, ask an aid station volunteer because they may not have put it out yet. Depending on the predicted weather, seasonal items like popsicles (Hot years) or soup (cold years) may be available at either Jacob's Cantina or Upper Lot aid station.


Runners may have one drop bag (shoebox size) that they can access at the Upper Lot aid station. Runners will be able to access their drop at 9.2 miles and 22.2 miles. Runner with crew may not use drop bags (see crew and pacers section above).


Parking at race start/finish is LIMITED! Please consider carpooling to help reduce the parking demand at Rising Silo Brewery. There are approximately 95 spots on site at Rising Silo. The lower lot at Heritage Park is reserved for race day parking on the day of the race and runners will be directed to the lower lot prior to runners parking at Rising Silo.


All runners will receive a technical race t-shirt and a complimentary beverage at Rising Silo Brewery redeemable for a beer, kombucha, or house-made fizzy soda.

**The deadline for a guaranteed technical race t-shirt size is Monday April 9. Registrants may not receive their preferred size.


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  • King of the Mountain (KOM) and Queen of the Mountain (QOM) will be awarded to both race distances. The KOM/QOM for each race distance will receive a $50 giftcard to RunAbout Sports.

  • The 1st place male and female of both race distances will receive a stained glass piece of artwork created by Mike Bircher, titled Blue Ridge Summer.

  • In addition to a beverage of your choice from Rising Silo Brewery, all runners will receive a local pint of apple butter or applesauce made by Bower’s Homemade LLC, a local family business in Elliston, upon crossing the finish line.

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Local artist, Mike Bircher, proudly displaying the 2019 50K male/female champion prize.

Local artist, Mike Bircher, proudly displaying the 2019 50K male/female champion prize.

2018 50K male/female champion prize.

2018 50K male/female champion prize.

us Forest service


This event is held in accordance under pending permit from the USFS



The ethos of the companies below resonates with the mission of East Coast Beast Coast Running, fostering trail community on the Beast Coast. These companies place an emphasis on community and encourage community members to seek out adventure on the trails.  


Runabout sports

RunAbout Sports is the title sponsor of the Queen and King of the mountain for the Gateway 50K &  25K. The first female and male runner to summit Brush Mountain in both races AND FINISH THE RACE will receive a $50 gift certificate to RunAbout Sports.

RunAbout Sports is a Running and walking specialty store located in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Rising Silo Brewery

Rising Silo Brewery is directly across from the start finish line in Heritage park and will host the post race festivities. Enjoy a fizzy soda, Kombucha, or one of their beers compliments of your race entry.

"Our purpose is to create fermented beverages from the best ingredients, overflowing with thought and authenticity in taste. We aim to add to an evolving space that community members near and far may gather to connect, dream, celebrate and relax. We believe in fresh food, true brews, and good people.


hammer nutrition
"Fuel right, feel great!"

Hammer Nutrition is an endurance sports nutrition company founded in 1987 by Brian Frank. Hammer Nutrition provides unparalleled products, knowledge, and service to health conscious athletes all over the world. Over the years, the product line has grown from fuels & supplements to now include clothing, body care products, EMS units, accessories, and more. Learn all about the various aspects of Hammer Nutrition through the following sections.

The Cellar & 6-PAK Store

I am very excited to announce the Cellar Restaurant and 6-PAK store as a sponsor of the Gateway 50K & 25K. Kevin is sponsoring the race by providing additional parking on Glade Road for both participants and spectators of the Gateway 50K & 25K. Michelle and I always enjoy eating at the Cellar on snow days and highly recommend the pita pizza!

The Cellar Restaurant and 6-PAK Store is located in the heart of downtown Blacksburg. Here you can enjoy a relaxing night of great food, pick from a large beer list, and listen to music from local bands. Our recently opened craft beer store has one of the best selections in all of SW Virginia. Come by and see what’s going on at the Cellar tonight. Also, call us check out what we have on special today.- Cheers!


Have you seen our sweet race stickers? Each runner will receive an ECBC Running sticker, to rep' the BEAST COAST and a Gateway year _ sticker to tell everyone about the awesome race they ran! Want to give back? Order your own stickers by clicking through the link below!

Custom Stickers, Die Cut Stickers, Bumper Stickers - Sticker Mule

Naked Sports Innovations

The Naked Sports Innovations running band is now my goto piece of equipment when I head out the door for a run of two-hours or less. I throw my phone, house key, gels, and a soft flask in the running waist band and run hands free. I managed a 20-minute PR at the Creeper Trail Marathon utilizing the Naked running waist band and I'm happy to introduce runners of the Gateway 50K and 25K to Naked Sports Innovations products, including their new soft flasks.  Below is from their site:

The co-founders - two brothers - one a mountain runner and the other a triathlete, searched without success for a product that had the capacity, flexibility, comfort and performance they needed to carry the hydration and accessories they needed for their training and racing; having tried everything else out there without luck, they realized they had to do it themselves.

Lindsay, an accomplished athlete and brilliant designer created the Naked® running band and, together with Rick, a stubborn age group Ironman and veteran entrepreneur, said let's do this


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Along with sponsoring the ECBC Gateway 50k & 25k, Skip is a supporting sponsor of the Lyric Theatre, Run About Sport's race series, Blacksburg Farmers Market, JoeLoe Productions LLC, New River Land Trust, WVTF Radio IQ, Summer Solstice Festival, Steppin' Out Festival, and offers an annual "Bruin Award" scholarship to senior cross country runners at Blacksburg High School. In addition to being a strong supporter of all things local, He consistently ranks among the top producing agents in the New River Valley.

Skip Slocum, Associate Broker with Nest Realty, started practicing real estate in the New River Valley in 2004. Since moving back to the area in 1998, Skip has been an active member in the community both personally and as a real estate broker. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lyric Council, the Town of Blacksburg's Business Relations Committee, coordinates and facilitates VHDA's First Time Homebuyer Education Courses and is an active member in Downtown Blacksburg, INC having served on the board and chaired the Sponsorship and Development Committee.