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Willis River 35K & 50K Trail Runs

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Willis River 35K & 50K Trail Runs

Time: January 14, 2012 from 8am to 4pm
Location: Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland VA
City/Town: Cumberland Virginia
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Phone: 804-387-1526
Event Type: rrrc, trail race, club championship, grand prix
Organized By: Kevin
Latest Activity: Apr 22, 2012

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Event Description

The 12th 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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Comment by h b radar on April 22, 2012 at 11:34pm


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Comment by Alex on January 16, 2012 at 8:20am
Awesome race! Can't wait to run the next one!
Comment by Marcus Bailey on January 14, 2012 at 11:33am

Didn't make this one after all.....Apologizes to Pete and all the other volunteers.

Comment by Thomas Gillespie on January 13, 2012 at 5:46pm

whew, good question there chris. in reality need to be there by 7:30. so leave by 6:30 (ouch!) not a big warm up needed for 35k. last year it took me 3:30 something. so that around your time you predicted. i know this is last min. not to mention i need to head out for a quick light trot to decide if i want to use my new brooks trail shoes or not.

Comment by Brian Hemmis on January 11, 2012 at 9:10pm

The race starts at 8AM, right?

Comment by Kevin on January 11, 2012 at 4:29pm

Packet pick up on race day beginning about 6:30 in the Bear Creek Lake Park - Meeting Hall. You can't miss it as you drive in!

Comment by Alex on January 11, 2012 at 2:13pm

packet pick up? same day as race day?

Comment by Chris on January 11, 2012 at 1:49pm

I might not be able to pass up a ride, not sure how awake I'll be that early in the morning.  I'm not sure how fast you are, I wouldn't want you to have to wait around too long for me to finish. I'm a bit out of shape for this distance, but I think 3:50-4:00 is doable for me right now.  What time were you thinking about leaving.

Comment by Thomas Gillespie on January 9, 2012 at 7:48pm

re: stream crossings. in my experience and depending on your goals, you can tip toe and pick your way across the streams. i'm willing to loose a few seconds to avoid plunging and getting soaked.

in my opinion and exp merino wool is a weapon of choice. especially socks. keeps you warm when it's wet.

Comment by Thomas Gillespie on January 9, 2012 at 7:41pm

anyone interested in car-pooling, i'll even drive. i live near crossroads coffee, 2 blocks from the 13 mile marker on the marathon course. i'm doing the 35k...that's it!

throwing that out there, as i know parking is limited and it's the eco thing to do.

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