Highball to Thurmond Ultra & Relay

Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Take the Train Back to the Start!

Celebrate your finish with a scenic train ride back to the start line.

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Race Through New River Gorge National Park

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 Highball to Thurmond 50 Mile and 50 Kilometer event, and encouraging athletes to proceed on this epic adventure. Participants will finish in Thurmond, West Virginia. With a population of 5 at the 2010 census, it is the least populated railroad town in the nation and part of the New River Gorge National Park. Athletes can choose to take the train back to the start line. The train leaves at 6:59 pm, and the last call whistle will be at 6:45 pm! 

 

50K

$105 8:00AM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

50 Mile - 14 Hour Limit - No Awards

$120 4:45AM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

50 Mile - 12.75 Hour Limit - Awards

$120 6:00AM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

50 Mile Relay

$75 6:00AM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

50 Mile & 50 Mile Relay

This event starts at 4:45 am in Montgomery, WV, 50 Miles from the finish line, giving athletes enough time to catch the train! The train leaves at 6:59 pm, and the last call whistle will be at 6:45 pm! This course is a mix of paved road (about 12 miles), awesome mountain dirt roads, and gorgeous trails with a spectacular view through the 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. 

50 Kilometer

This will be a full daylight event starting and finishing in Thurmond and, other than the first and last miles, completely on the New River Gorge Trails! This is a well aided and extremely well marked 50 K and a great tune up race or beginner trail 50K with a very reasonable cutoff time! With 2,000 feet of elevation gain, this course is both manageable and challenging! Work hard and finish before the train leaves and you will earn your medal, post race food and awesome award

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Registration Includes

  • Finisher medal: The medal unclips from the ribbon and doubles as a coaster. Every time you enjoy a nice relaxing beverage you can remember your adventure with us!
  • Custom 2020 Highball to Thurmond Ultra shirt
  • Race photos
  • Live results
  • Unique awards for top 3 overall men and women, age group awards, and the top 2 person, 3 person, and 4 person relay teams.
  • Well stocked aid stations, and an epic and well-marked course

Train Tickets

Athletes can choose to take the train back to the start line (seats are limited and first come first serve on registration) or arrange their own ride. The train leaves at 6:59 pm, and the last call whistle will be at 6:45 pm! That means athletes will have 14 hours to complete this epic adventure in time to make the train back to Montgomery (don’t worry, if you miss the train we will get you home). 

 

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