Fountainhead Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run

In-Person 5/22+23 + Virtual 5/16-5/24 Fairfax Station, VA 22039 US
Produced by EX2 Adventures
Events
In-Person Race

10K (Saturday)

$55 05/22 8:15AM EDT
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
In-Person Race

Half Marathon (Satuday)

$87.50 05/22 7:15AM EDT
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
In-Person Race

10K (Sunday)

$55 05/23 8:15AM EDT Registration ends May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
In-Person Race

Half Marathon (Sunday)

$87.50 05/23 7:15AM EDT Registration ends May 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Virtual Race

Virtual 10K

$45 Registration ends May 24, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Virtual Race

Virtual Half Marathon

$45 Registration ends May 24, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Description

This year's Fountainhead Half Marathon and 10K trail running race is planned to be a hybrid event...meaning we will have both an in-person event and a virtual event. The in-person race is scheduled for Saturday May 22, 2021 and Sunday May 23, 2021, and the virtual race occurs any time between May 16, 2021 and May 24, 2021.

The in-person race has a cap of approximately 225 runners each day (Saturday and Sunday). Check-in and start times will be staggered from 7:00am until 9:00am each day. Check-in groups and times will be assigned by anticipated pace.

The virtual event allows you flexibility on when and where to run the race.  You can run any time between May 16, 2021 and May 24, 2021.  You can run the virtual race at a park near your home, on a treadmill, or even at Fountainhead Park itself...just NOT on the race mornings PLEASE!!  The course will remain marked on Monday May 24th if you want to run the actual marked course for your virtual race.

Our charity partner for this event is Homestretch.  If you are able, please consider making a donation to this amazing organization during registration.

SUMMARY OF COVID PRECAUTIONS FOR IN-PERSON EVENT

The safety and health of all racers and volunteers are of upmost importance.  While all risk cannot be eliminated, the in-person race will have the following mitigations in place.

  • Event will comply with all local, state, and federal restrictions including participation limits.
  • Check-in and start times will be staggered from about 7:00am until 9:00am each day.  We may need to shift and adjust check-in times based on the number of people that sign up for each race.
  • Check-in groups and times will be assigned by pace.
  • Groups of 25 or less people will start every 5 minutes. Smaller groups will start if there is not a queue.
  • Check-in is touchless and event will be chip timed.
  • It is expected that each runner is ready to run when they check-in.  Please warm up and use the bathroom before you check-in. Portajohns will be available in the start queue while the runner is getting ready to start. We do not want people checking in and going back to your car.
  • Race giveaways (T-shirt) and post-race food and water are grab and go only and pre-packaged. We will have breakfast burritos, but the selection of food will be smaller than normal.
  • Parking, check-in, start, and finish areas of the event will have ample room for social distancing.
  • Signage will be used to remind people to wear their face coverings and stay socially distanced at all times.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when in check-in, starting, and finish areas.
  • Runners must carry a face covering during event (when running) and use when passing if ample distance is not available on the trail. If a racer doesn’t have a face covering, then one will be provided to them during check-in.
  • Athletes are strongly encouraged to carry their own hydration.
  • Awards ceremony may be virtual.
  • Spectators are discouraged.
  • Ample restrooms (portajohns and park bathrooms) are available to minimize queues. All restrooms will be sanitized once every 2 hours by EX2 staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations available at check-in, start, and finish.
  • All racers will be required to self-validate that they do not have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to anyone suspected to have COVID for the 14 days leading up to event.
SWAG

All runners (in-person and virtual) will receive an awesome tri-blend T-shirt, a finishers medal, and a custom buff.

Course Descriptions and Routes

Fountainhead Regional Park is situated along the banks of the Occoquan Reservoir in Western Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The 10K and half marathon race courses are beautiful and challenging consisting mostly of hiking trails (including the Bull Run Occoquan Trail), horse trails, and old dirt roads. This course is epic! Competitors will run over rocks and roots, through several shallow streams, and up (and down) some quad burning hills.

Note: if you are participating virtually, then you are NOT required to run your race at Fountainhead Regional Park.  The course will be marked on Monday May 24th if you'd like to run the actual course.  See the FAQs page for more information.

10K Course

The 10K course starts near the entrance to the BROT and follows the white trail to an old trail that is used in the Backyard Burn course to the BROT down by the first set of bridges.  From there the course follows the BROT to Wolf Run Shoals.  Soon after crossing over Wolf Run Shoals, the course takes a right up an old road, crosses over a creek, and then go up a big hill to connect back to the BROT.  The course then follows the BROT back to the start and ends heading past the old cemetery.  The distance is about 6.5 miles.

Half Marathon Course

The half marathon course starts near the entrance to the BROT and follows the white trail to an old trail that is used in the Backyard Burn course to the BROT down by the first set of bridges.  From there the course follows the BROT to Wolf Run Shoals.  Soon after crossing over Wolf Run Shoals, the course takes a right up an old road, crosses over a creek, and then go up a big hill to connect back to the BROT.  The course continues north on the BROT, but follows three size trails on the right side before reaching Bull Run Marina.  At Bull Run Marina, the course follows the BROT back south to the start and ends heading past the old cemetery.  The distance is about 13.5 miles.

Course maps can be found at: https://www.ex2adventures.com/trail-running/fountainhead-half-marathon-and-10k-trail-run/

MAKE IT SOCIAL WITH A TEAM!

Invite your friends and family to participate in the race and create a team.  Creating a team is super easy either during registration or after you have already registered.  Please note that all team members are required to register and run the full distance of their race (HM or 10K).  See our FAQs for more info on teams.

Awards Ceremony

We will have a virtual awards ceremony on Monday May 24th for both the in-person and virtual race.  Additional information will be emailed to all registered racers.

Place
Fountainhead Regional Park
10875 Hampton Road
Fairfax Station, VA US 22039
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