This is the third of the VHTRC’s series of three winter training runs on the Bull Run Run 50 Miler course ahead of the April 2023 race. Come out and get some fun, easy rolling miles on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail! Starting at the BROT trailhead next to the main parking lot at Fountainhead Regional Park, the run will get underway at 8 am. The first portion of the two out-n-back sections will be on the BROT to the Bull Run Marina, and then returning on the same trail back to the cars. This round trip should total about 14 miles. There is also the option of starting with a loop of the 1+ mile white-blazed trail that is used outbound from Fountainhead AS #1 during the race, followed by the 14 miles out-n-back on the BROT. Q will be doing this route, so see if you can keep up with him, and see the wonders of the white trail!
We will have a single aid station at the turnaround point at the Bull Run Marina, which is just on the other side of Yates Ford Road, and where the Marina AS will be during the BRR 50 miler. You can expect liquid replenishment there (water, Gatorade, coke and ginger ale), and maybe some other light snickety snacks. But mostly you can expect this to clarify when (and where) you should turn around!
After returning to the Fountainhead lot with 14-15+ miles under your belt, our guess is many of you will be satisfied with your day’s work, and after a bit of socializing, head on about your Sunday. For those who do want more, we will be heading out on the “horse trail” to link up with the infamous Do Loop, then return on the same horse trail to the cars. This section is about 7 miles. We will employ some flour or chalk to mark critical turns and points on either end of the BROT for the main portion of the run; the Do Loop bonus section will be unmarked. For those concerned about navigating that section, feel free to use the GPX file from the Death By Do Loop page to assist you.
More details can be found on Furbutt’s Favorites.
Shoot Quatro a message if you have questions. Hope to see you there!
Last updated November 5, 2022
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.