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GATEWAY 50K & 25K

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.

BASICS

Saturday May 5, 2018

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

50K
$65 By March 1
$75 By April 1
$85 By May 1

25K
$40 By March 1
$45 By April 1
$50 By May 1

 

 

 

race director

Brett Sherfy
Brett@ECBCRunning.com
540-315-7161
 

Location
Jefferson National Forest &
Heritage Park
 

start time
6:30 AM 50K Runners
7:00 AM  25K Runners

Cutoff
3:30 PM
( 9 hours)

registration

Registration will open on Monday January 15, 2018 at 8:00AM.  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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

DETAILS

PACERS AND CREW

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 STATIONS

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.

DROP BAGS

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

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.

SWAG

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.

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

 

sponsors

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.  

 
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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.

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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.
 
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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.