Exploring along Dead Run, the last stream crossing before reaching the Beltway.

Keith Knipling

2020 Report

November 30, 2020  •  Washington, DC

10 finishers

In The Year of Our COVID 2020, the VHTRC is observing the Social Distancing required during a pandemic. Rather than hold the standard issue Potomac Heritage 50k, which customarily would start and finish at the home of PH 50k RD Tom McNulty, a “virtual” run was held, with the run date up to the individual runner, as long as she/he completed the run sometime during the month of November. There were 10 runners who took up the challenge and submitted the results of their run. They are detailed at the bottom of this page, and directly below is the page of instructions from which the runners worked. Thanks to all who participated in the November 2020 Virtual Potomac Heritage 50k! We look forward to a return to regular racing and socializing on the traditional First Sunday of November in 2021.

📸 Keith Knipling, 2013

The course

See the route below. You can run it any direction you like, and you can start/finish anywhere along the route. The map shows some recommended places to park. We would recommend parking at Fletcher’s Cove or Battery Kemble, allowing you to return to your car mid-run to refuel. But you do you.

While how you do the route is flexible, the route itself is not. We recommend downloading the GPX file and studying it, perhaps uploading to your device. Or consult the embedded Google map on this page during your run.

Particularly tricky parts are navigating the Trolley Trail paralleling the C&O Canal between Fletcher’s Cove and Georgetown, the Chain Bridge Road crossing, and where you leave the PHT around Turkey Run.

Along the Potomac, just downstream from the American Legion Bridge
2013 view along the Potomac, just downstream from the American Legion Bridge. 📸 Keith Knipling

Bonus time

In the spirit of Potomac Heritage, we have devised some shenanigans that will improve your time.

Spread the fat ass love

Time bonus: 30 seconds for each honk

Present a photo with you on Key Bridge holding a sign saying “HONK IF YOU LOVE FAT ASSES.” Submit this photo and the number of honks you got for a time bonus.

Wildlife selfie

Time bonus: 5 minutes

Get a photo with you and some wildlife for a 5 minute bonus. This could be a deer, a squirrel, or even a bird. Zoo animals and pets do not count.

Selfie with a bear during the 2014 Browntown Loop. Double points if you see a bear on the PHT.

Get your junk wet

Time bonus: 15 minutes

Present photo evidence of you up to your waist in water in any of the several stream crossings along the course. Getting your junk soaked in November may not feel great, but the 15 minute time bonus will warm your soul.

Cooling off in the “swimming hole” in the Jordan River at the trailhead.
Quatro Hubbard demonstrating proper junk-wetting technique at the end of the 2012 Browntown Loop, with Jen Page, Beth Foster, Sara Davidson, and Denise Coll. 📸 Keith Knipling

You’re a wreck

Time bonus: 5 minutes

Take a selfie with a wrecked car. There is one out on the course (see it before it is gone).

Show your VHTRC love

Josh Howe sporting his VHTRC Patagonia Cool Cap Daily
Josh Howe sporting his VHTRC Patagonia Cool Cap Daily shirt at the Bull Run Run 50 Miler. Wear any club SWAG for a 10 minute time bonus.

Time bonus: 10 minutes

Take a selfie with you in VHTRC gear — a shirt, hat, whatever. You’ll save yourself 10 minutes.

After you have finished your run, use the button below to email your run (either the GPX file or a link to Strava, Garmin Connect, or similar). [Editor’s note: Button is now removed, as the virtual run has been concluded.]

Also include your time-bonus shenanigans, including photos.

We will check that you ran the correct course and then add your run to the results below.

📸 Keith Knipling, 2013

Graffiti under the American Legion Bridge
Graffiti under the American Legion Bridge, the northern turnaround of the PHT course. 📸 Keith Knipling, 2013


#NameRun timeBonus timeDate Run 
1Ellis Guzewich4:34:140:25:0011/14/2020 
2Geoff Patterson6:17:320:10:0011/29/2020 
3Ryan Brown6:59:090:05:0011/21/2020 
4Paul Sherlock8:30:011:06:3011/22/2020 
5Alice Burns8:30:010:31:3011/22/2020 
6Sue Heineman8:56:580:45:0011/23/2020 
7Garrett Christensen8:58:320:20:0011/8/2020 
8Larry Huffman9:38:470:35:0011/7/2020 
9Jeffrey Klemm9:55:000:00:0011/22/2020 
10Treithy Knipahl10:48:340:45:0011/30/2020 

Last updated November 13, 2023