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The Sheetz-to-Sheetz Trail Run is an untimed, 14-mile point-to-point race in rural King George, Virginia. It starts at a Sheetz convenience store in the heart of the county, meanders through farmland and forest, and ends at another Sheetz store in the town of Dahlgren. The vast majority of the course is along the secluded Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT), a rails-to-trails project. Shuttle buses are provided to transport runners to the start line from designated parking near the finish line in Dahlgren.
While we do offer cool awards for the top male and female finishers, this laid back event really encourages runners to slow down and enjoy unique aid stations serving up pie, s’mores, Peeps, hot cider, and other unexpected treats. Finish our race and you'll earn swag you’ll actually use including a name-brand finisher shirt, an insulated travel mug filled with Sheetz Bros. coffee, and vouchers for delicious Sheetz Made-To-Order (MTO) food and drink!
Proceeds from registrations and raffle ticket sales benefit local children in need via the official Sheetz charity, Sheetz for the Kidz.
Because you probably have a closet full of race shirts, we've made our shirt an optional add-on ($23) during registration and have lowered the race entry fees accordingly (starting at $55). It's your choice: save a few bucks and avoid more shirt sprawl, or opt-in for this year's amazing shirt.
And we think you'll want to opt-in! Instead of yet another boring, screen-printed t-shirt, we offer a bold, colorful dye-sublimation race jersey! Inspired by European soccer leagues, it's the most fashionable race shirt around! One caveat: you MUST pay close attention to the sizing information as you almost certainly will not order your "normal" shirt size. For details, please see the sizing chart. (Sizes 3XL-6XL cost an extra $1-$4.)
Concerned about the fit? We'll have samples in some (but not all) sizes and styles available for try on at Fredericksburg's Lucky Road Run Shop between 11/18 & 2/15. Just ask to try on the Sheetz-to-Sheetz shirt samples. You may change your selected shirt size via RunSignup through February 15th when the final shirt order is placed. (For detailed instructions, see the last FAQ under "Registration".)
For finishing most races you earn a medal you can't do anything with. Boring! Finish the Sheetz-to-Sheetz Trail Run and you'll earn great, practical swag including a Sheetz stainless steel insulated travel mug, custom sweat towel (not shown), vouchers for a free Made-To-Order (MTO) Sheetz food and drink item, and snacks. Heck, we'll even fill your fancy new mug with free coffee at the finish line and feed you fresh fruit, doughnuts, and other treats! But wait, there's more! You'll also get a reusable HydraPak SpeedCup and a drawstring bag (not shown) to carry it all in!
(2024 mugs available in white, pink, or indigo. Race shirts will be an optional add-on starting with the 2024 race.)
In an effort to reduce waste and lessen our race footprint, the Sheetz-to-Sheetz Trail Run is a cupless race. Single-use cups and bottles will not be provided at aid stations for water or Tailwind. Instead, participants will receive a collapsible, lightweight, and easy-to-carry HydraPak SpeedCup at race day check-in for use during and after the race. Don't worry, we'll take steps to ensure hydration is efficiently distributed to your SpeedCup at all aid stations. Of course, you're always welcome to carry your own hydration. By going cupless, we are eliminating over 1,200 cups per year and doing our part to keep our trails beautiful.
Additional race information can be found at https://www.sheetz2sheetz.com/.
Our 14-mile course starts at the King George Middle School (KGMS) Sheetz (Store #573, 8206 Kings Highway) and ends at the Dahlgren Sheetz (Store #259, 17188 Owens Drive). The King George Sheriff's Office will escort us the first 1.4 miles westward along Route 3 and Comorn Road (Route 609). Then we'll hang a right and go off-road for the final 12.6 miles along the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT). This rails-to-trail is flat, straight, and well-marked with a surface varying from dirt to gravel. It meanders through farmland and wetlands and crosses a few country roads along the way to Dahlgren. We'll have 4 aid stations along the way:
The start line will feature cereal bars, fruit, water, and Tailwind. The finish line (Mile 14.0) will feature all that plus Sheetz doughnuts.
Summing up the event in one tidy graphic... Click thumbnail to expand.
Remember this is a point-to-point race from the King George Middle School Sheetz to the Dahlgren Sheetz.
All participants are asked to park at the King George Gateway Shopping Center (16435 Merchants Ln, King George, VA) adjacent to the FINISH line in Dahlgren. Shuttle buses provided by King George County Schools will transport runners to the start line starting at 6:30 a.m. with the last bus leaving the parking lot promptly at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at 8:00 a.m., so be sure to allow time for transportation to the start line (approximately 20 minutes), packet pickup (if needed), check in, bag drop, bathroom breaks, etc. -- all available at the START line, not the parking area. When you finish, you can hang out at the finish store then simply walk a quarter mile or take the Bayside Ford courtesy shuttle to the parking area and adjacent restaurants, hotels, and shops. Alternatively, you can always arrange your own transportation and park at King George Middle School. Either way, please do not park at either Sheetz store or O’Reilly Auto Parts.
One important additional reminder:
We are honored to be invited by Arsenal Events to be part of the King George Trail Series! Complete the three races and you'll earn some extra swag. Sign up for the bundle deal from any race site, and you'll receive $5 off each race!
We're offering two convenient choices for pre-race packet pickup where you will receive your bib, shirt (if ordered) and sponsor bag of goodies. You will not receive your SpeedCup yet -- those will be distributed on race day when you check in. You will also not receive your finisher mug or finisher bag -- you have to earn those on race day and collect them at the finish line. Our signature finisher mug takes the place of a finisher medal, only cooler and far more practical. But we digress... Packet pickup dates:
If you can't make either of those, we will have limited race day packet pickup at the START line (not the parking area) from 6:30 - 7:50 a.m. If you're taking that option and arriving by shuttle bus from event parking (a 20-minute ride), you must plan accordingly to take an early bus to allow time for transport, check-in, restroom break, stretching, etc.
You may pick up packets for others after showing your ID.
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. : KGCS shuttle service (KG Gateway Shopping Center, 16435 Merchants Ln, King George, VA)
>>> Last departure at 7:30 a.m. sharp - don't be late!
6:30 - 7:50 : Race Day Packet Pickup (O'Reilly Auto Parts next to start line Sheetz)
6:30 - 7:50 : Race Day Check-In and SpeedCup Pickup (O'Reilly Auto Parts next to start line Sheetz) << NEW REQUIREMENT!
7:00 - 8:00 : Bag Drop (O'Reilly Auto Parts)
7:00 - 8:00 : Stretch Zone
7:40 : Opening Prayer (front of start line)
7:50 : National Anthem
8:00 - 8:08 : Starting waves released
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. : Bag Drop (finish line Sheetz)
10:00 - 12:00 - Raffle drawings (finish line Sheetz)
12:30 p.m. : Race cut-off, event ends
A free bag drop service courtesy of Bayside Ford will be available to transport any belongings you don't wish to carry with you on your 14-mile trek (e.g., extra clothes, race packet, etc.). Look for the Bag Drop flag at the start line from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and at the finish line from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. If needed, we'll have bags available and tags for writing your bib number.
We are unable to offer refunds or deferrals, but you can transfer your bib to another runner and receive a full refund up until race week. Participant-to-participant transfers for refund must be initiated in RunSignup by 3/29/24 and completed by 3/31/24. See RunSignup for transfer instructions. The race staff is unable to play matchmaker and instead will post to social media to encourage those wishing to give or receive bibs to meet via the post comments.
We strive to keep the Sheetz-to-Sheetz Trail Run as affordable as possible with entry fees at or below that of comparable-distance events and shirts being an optional add-on. Still, the price of admission may be out of reach for some. The Sheetz-to-Sheetz Runner Assistance Program matches donated race entries (bib only) with qualified, motivated runners, enabling them to run for free. To be eligible for consideration, runners must fall into one of two groups: (1) Anyone who otherwise would not be able to participate due to financial hardship; or (2) high school runners (age 16+).
For full details including application instructions and timelines, please see our FAQs page.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
This is an untimed fun run so we encourage everyone to take their time and enjoy the trail, aid stations, and overall experience. However, we also realize it can be a training run for competitive runners. For those who do make it a race, we'll offer the top male and female finishers a $75 gift certificate to Lucky Road Run Shop (multiple locations in Richmond and Fredericksburg) AND a $75 gift certificate to Highmark Brewery (with locations in Fredericksburg and King George). Each will also earn a cool custom trophy.
We didn't forget our canine athletes! The first canine finisher earns a custom Top Dog trophy and prizes (TBD) as well!
We're proud to bring back our Charity Raffle for 2024 with all proceeds benefiting local children via our primary charity partner, Sheetz-for-the-Kidz. Each registered runner will automatically have free one raffle ticket entered in the drawing. Support local children and greatly increase your odds of winning a great prize by buying additional tickets for $1 each during registration. Non-participants can also buy tickets directly from our online store. Our fantastic prize packs include:
PARKING: King George Gateway Shopping Center, 16435 Merchants Ln, King George, VA
(Shuttle provided to start)
START: Sheetz #573 - 8206 Kings Highway, King George, VA
FINISH: Sheetz #259 - 17188 Owens Drive, King George, VA (Within walking distance of parking)
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