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Race through New River Gorge National Park on Sunday, May 21, 2023Register Now
Celebrate your 50 Mile finish with a scenic train ride back to the start line.All Aboard!
The highball was a signal used in early railroads to signal the track was clear. When the ball was hoisted, trains were cleared to proceed! We are raising the ball on this unique 50 Mile & 55K event and encouraging athletes to proceed on this epic destination trail race adventure. Participants will run through New River Gorge National Park and finish in Thurmond, West Virginia. With a population of 5 at the 2010 census, it is the least populated railroad town in the nation. Participants can choose to take the train back to the 50 Mile start line. The train leaves at 6:59 pm and the last call whistle will be at 6:45 pm!
The 50 Mile starts at 4:45 AM EST in Montgomery, WV, 50 Miles from the finish line, giving athletes enough time to catch the train! The train leaves at 6:59 PM EST with the last call whistle at 6:45 PM EST. This course is a mix of paved road (about 12 miles), awesome mountain dirt roads, and gorgeous trails with a spectacular view through New River Gorge National Park. With about 6,000 feet of elevation gain, athletes will certainly have earned their finishers medal, post race food, and awesome awards.
The 50 mile relay can be run with 2, 3, or 4 people. With 5 relay hand off points, athletes can run it in any order and run as many or as few legs as they want as long as each member of the team runs at least one.
We have added a fun and scenic 5 kilometers to the previous 50K course for a few reasons: we can add two additional aid stations and our 55K runners get to see the mines in 2023! We also moved the start earlier to give the 55K’ers more time to enjoy and finish this awesome event.
This will be a full daylight event starting and finishing in Thurmond, WV. Other than the first and last miles, this course takes participants completely along the New River Gorge Trails. With 2,000 feet of elevation gain, this course is both manageable and challenging. This trail 55K is well aided, extremely well marked, a great tune up race, and a beginner-friendly ultra with a very reasonable cutoff time! Finish before the train leaves to earn your medal, post race food, and awesome awards.Register Now
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These 16 week training plans start on January 29, 2023. Coach Becki of Spellman Coaching will reach out to you within 72 hours of purchase. Plans include:
“HiI! I am Becki Spellman, I have have been coaching since 2006. I have coached all levels, from those taking their first run, to High School, College, and Elite level athletes. I love helping people of all abilities see the potential in themselves, I see in them. Getting to be a small part of people's journey and watching them achieve their goals is a passion of mine.“View Plan Details