View to the east and the Shenandoah Mountains, taken in the early miles of the 2014 run.

Keith Knipling

Boyers Furnace, 2020 Edition

A 21.8-mile loop through the Massanutten Mountains, named for Boyer’s Furnace, one of four iron blast furnaces operated in Fort Valley area during the 19th century. Scaled back for 2020, and entry was limited to VHTRC members only.

  • Sat Dec 26, 2020
Start location
Start time
  • 8:00 am
  • 21.8 miles
Aid stations
  1. Veach Gap (9.8 miles)
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Sunrise & sunset
  • Begin civil twilight 7:00 am
    Sunrise 7:30 am
    Sunset 4:58 pm
    End civil twilight 5:27 pm
What to wear
In charge
Course records
  • Andy Stravers
    3:24:15 (in 2020)
    Heather Schaffer
    4:43:00 (in 2020)
Boyers Furnace ruins
The ruins of Boyer’s Furnace, the namesake of the run.

We are scaling things back the customary Boyers Furnace event for 2020 to encourage social distancing and safety for all. Boyers will be a shortened course, with one water stop, and will be limited to 40 runners who must be members of the VHTRC. We will also implement a staggered start. Masks must be worn by all participants when in the vicinity of others — this includes at the start as well as at the water stop halfway through the loop.

Entry opened at 9 AM on Monday November 16th. As entry is limited to club members only, RD Carol Cohen will be periodically moving applicants to the formal entrants list, so applicants, please be patient if you don’t see your name posted on the Entrants list right away.

The event is named for Boyer’s Furnace, one of four stone blast furnaces operated in the Fort Valley area during the 19th century. Runners pass the furnace ruins in the second half of this shortened circuit, on a dirt road section while crossing the Fort Valley on the edge of the George Washington National Forest boundary line.

Markings are minimal, so the runner must be comfortable navigating a course using a map in order to participate. This is a MUST! Carrying your cell phone is also a wise option, not only in case of emergency, but so that you can document the trail, your fellow runners, the bears, etc.


Aid StationSplitCumulativeMap
Veach Gap9.8 mi9.8 mi


Thanks to the Boyers Furnace 2020 volunteers!

  • Homer Komthirath (aid)
  • Erin Altemos (sweep)


The Boyer’s Furnace loop is a minimally supported 40-mile loop through the Massanutten Mountains. The run was started in 2006 by Greg Loomis. It was under the able stewardship of Carter Wiecking and then Tony Escobar for several years. 2020 will be Year Four under Race Director Carol Cohen. Carol is excited at this opportunity to provide the trail running community with a quality fat ass race experience, on the behalf of the VHTRC and in the tradition of Greg, Carter and Tony.

Last updated December 26, 2020

Club Event Participant Medical Policy

This is an event with very real risks to your well being. The VHTRC does not provide medical care for runners at this event. Runners are responsible for their own health, safety, and well being at this event. No doctors, nurses, or emergency medical technicians, or anyone with any medical training are available along the course, at any aid station, or at the finish. The club does not supply any medical goods or services, including bandages, splints, antiseptic, or Ibuprofen or any other drugs to maintain the health of runners. Physical, medical, and emergency care is the runners' responsibility. In case of an emergency, we will endeavor to get local emergency personnel to an injured runner as soon as possible. Since most of our events are in remote areas, medical care may be far away in distance or time. Each year, runners finish — or are forced to drop out — with scrapes, deep cuts, hematomas, dislocations, and sprains. Runners have experienced cuts, bruises, bee stings, and asthma attacks. This is an event with very real risks.