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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.
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.
All runners (in-person and virtual) will receive an awesome tri-blend T-shirt, a finishers medal, and a custom buff.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Additional race information can be found at https://www.ex2adventures.com/trail-running/fountainhead-half-marathon-and-10k-trail-run/.
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