Runners make their way down the red horse trail from Hemlock
January 22, 2022 • Clifton, VA
It was a glorious Saturday on the BROT for the first of the three planned “Baby Bull” training runs leading up to the 2022 Bull Run Run 50 miler. The Fearcast called for temps in the teens and a windchill dipping down close to zero, but the winds never materialized. Whereas over 40 hearty runners did! A fun time was had by all on this tour of the northern third of the BRR 50 course.
Other than a handful of eager beavers who got out on the course early, RD Katie Keier let the runners idle in their warm vehicles until about 7:58 at the trailhead adjacent to the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park entrance gate. She then gathered them in the abundant sunshine for a quick briefing, prior to sending them down the hill to the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (the BROT). Katie then drove over to the northern end of the course, at the very end of the BROT in Bull Run Regional Park, setting up a small aid station with fiancé Todd Folmsbee and volunteer Jeni Dwyer in the parking lot for the Atlantis Waterpark. Over 30 of the runners found their way to the aid. While some had planned earlier turnaround points along the course, a few reversed course on this ice-cold day when faced with a stream crossing that was going to lead to wet legs and feet a little over 8 miles into their runs.
There are, of course, no results. This wasn’t just a training run, this was a training run with no signup. But we did document a fair number of the runners in photographic form.
Thanks to all for coming out to make this such a great day on the Bull Run course! And for, by and large, not getting lost. Now that Baby Bull #1 (The North) is behind us, we look forward to seeing many of you at the other two Baby Bulls slated to be held in the weeks ahead: the Death By Do Loop (hosted by fun run founder George Scott) on Saturday February 12; and finally a tour of the of the remaining portions of the BROT (The South) scheduled for Sunday March 6.
There are, of course, no results. This wasn’t just a training run, this was a training run with no signup. But we did document a fair number of the runners in this photographic form.