This run covers the final section of the MMT 100 mile course, from Camp Roosevelt to the finish. The one twist is that the finish for this run is not at the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp, but instead in the Camp Roosevelt horse parking lot where you will start this Training Academy run.
With 35 miles and 6,000 feet of ascent, this is the longest and most difficult of the VHTRC’s Training Academy runs, with climbs up the infamous Duncan Hollow, up Duncan Knob, across Kerns Mountain, up Bird Knob, and finally up Big Run to Scothorn. The good news is that, as a result of the course change in 2019, you do NOT have to ascend Jawbone (at the northern end of Kerns Mountain) a second time at the end of your run; instead, once you pass through Gap Creek a second time you continue on down Crisman Hollow Road to the junction with the paved Camp Roosevelt Road (Route 675), and then have a final short climb back to the horse parking lot and your vehicle.
Start time is up to you for 2021, within a 30 minute window. You can start as early as 6:00 am — in the dark (in which case you will need a light!), or you can wait for it to become light a few minutes later to get started. Everyone planning to run needs to be underway by 6:30 am. This will negate the need for any “wave” starts for this run.
Also for 2021 and the Covid times, make sure you bring your mask and/or buff, and when you are not able to be socially distant, be courteous to your fellow runners and cover your nose and mouth (particularly during time around others in the parking lot, and when passing in close quarters on single track trail). If you are on the entrants list and either have recently tested positive for Covid, have been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive, or if you are not feeling well, then you should contact Chelsea and let her know that you will not be able to participate in this run.
Make sure that you have with you whatever navigational aids will allow you to Stay On Course during this lengthy and challenging run in the Massanutten Mountains. Helpful information may be found in the column on the left-hand side of this page: a GPX file, and the very useful turnsheet. If you like using old-school hard copy maps, then you will want to obtain a National Geographic trail map. This is a training/fun run, so if you are not that familiar with the course, in addition to bringing navigational aids, you may want to pull out your headphones and get to know a fellow runner or three who does know the route and who can help keep you from getting lost.
Chelsea Smith will be hosting the 2021 event, but the club is looking for new event coordinators, not only for MMT Training Academy #3, but also for the Chocolate Bunny. Coming out to help at one or both events this April may help you decide if taking the reins in 2022 and possibly beyond will work for you. Thanks to those who have volunteered to help at this year’s event!
|Visitor Center||13.6 mi||13.6 mi|
|Route 211||10.9 mi||24.5 mi|
|Finish||10.5 mi||35.0 mi|
There will be two aid opportunities for this run (see table above). The aid will be supplied by you, and for you. This has become the standard practice for this past winter’s training runs, and has worked very well. Just find a plastic baggie of appropriate size, drop items that you will possibly want at an aid station into the bag, seal it, put your last name on the outside where the volunteers can read it, and we will make it available to you at the aid station. For this event, you will want two bags - assuming you are interested in getting aid at both aid stations. After you pass through each aid station, anything you leave behind will make its way into a giant trash bag. Obviously, do NOT put anything in the aid baggie for either aid station that you may want back, as you will not see it again. We will provide water, Gatorade and sodas at each aid station. There will be no aid at the finish of the run, so be sure to have refreshments in your vehicle for your post-run recovery needs.
Last updated April 14, 2021
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.