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2015 Willis River 35K & 50K Trail Runs

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2015 Willis River 35K & 50K Trail Runs

Time: January 10, 2015 from 8am to 4pm
Location: Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland VA
City/Town: Cumberland Virginia
Website or Map: http://willisriver35k50k@gmai…
Event Type: rrrc, trail race, club championship, grand prix
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Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2015

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Event Description

Race start time 8:00 AM


The 15th Annual RRRC Trail races formerly called the Swinging Bridge Trail Runs. The name was changed because the course changes no longer included the Swinging Bridge.

The trial is designated a "wilderness trail" by the State Forest Department. It is challenging, not because of elevation, but because there are significant "blow downs" to run over, around and through. There are also a dozen stream crossings that will be ankle deep or knee deep depending on recent rainfall.

   Also be aware that if you don't pay attention you "will" go off trail, at least briefly. It's marked with blazes and some signs, but still challenging to see the many turns.

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2015 Mail in Entry Form

Entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions.


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Comment by Van Everette on January 6, 2015 at 9:17am

Is it wrong that I'm a little disappointed that we won't have a thunderstorm and raging creeks this year?  Though it will actually be cold, so I guess that will make up for it.

Comment by Michelle Baltz on January 4, 2015 at 7:40am

John, packet pickup and the start are right off the main road into the park, there's a building on the left and the start is just back up the road a bit, you won't miss it! Weather looks good, looking forward to another adventure.

Comment by John Crabtree on January 1, 2015 at 12:35pm
Not clear from the map where we start, but should I assume I follow the standard google map guide to Bear Creek lake road (starting near the lake)?
Comment by John Crabtree on January 1, 2015 at 12:31pm
Barry was kind enough to respond to my question regarding aide stations as follows: "Aide stations about every 5 miles."
Comment by Van Everette on December 31, 2014 at 2:06pm

There was one for turn around for the 35k, and I am pretty sure the 35k finish is a 50k aid station also.  There might be another one at the second turn around for the 50k, but I am not sure.  I got to see alot of the 50k course last year on my hopelessly lost tour of the park, but I didn't get to the 50k second turn. 

Comment by Michelle Baltz on December 31, 2014 at 12:34pm

Having a hard time remembering from last year (maybe because my brain has blocked it out...haha)... How many aid stations are on the route? I remember one at the turnaround for the 35k, was there one more along the way and maybe one more for the 50k distance? Trying to pack as little as possible so I'll (hopefully) be less likely to float downriver.

Comment by Michelle Baltz on December 16, 2014 at 7:46am

Re-reading my recap from last year's race....Am I actually thinking about doing this to myself AGAIN?!

See ya'll out there.

-Michelle  :)

Comment by Van Everette on December 15, 2014 at 9:47am

I'll be happy just not getting AS lost as I did last year.  Hopefully I've gotten smarter in a year, but I doubt it.

Comment by Ralph W. Gibbs Jr. on December 8, 2014 at 4:39pm

Yes to the flippers.  Wetsuit is optional! lol

Comment by Michelle Baltz on December 8, 2014 at 4:35pm

Should we pack our flippers again, or do the trails look a little drier this year?

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