Pumpkin Spice 50k

A pandemic-safe run for 2020, the Pumpkin Spice is a multi-loop replacement for the PB&J 50k.

  • Sat Oct 17, 2020
Start location
Start time
  • 8:00 am
  • 50 km
Total ascent/descent
  • 550 feet
GPX file
Sunrise & sunset
  • Begin civil twilight 5:54 am
    Sunrise 6:21 am
    Sunset 5:27 pm
    End civil twilight 5:54 pm
What to wear
In charge
Course records
  • Dirk Schulze
    4:14 (in 2020)
    Stephanie Hill
    4:43 (in 2020)

The “Pumpkin Spice” 50k is a seasonally appropriate response to the desire to run during these days of social distancing, hosted by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club.

The concept that we will be offering is a simple one. This fat ass event will be held on a combination of dirt roads and single track trails in Prince William Forest Park on Saturday October 17th. The event staff will provide three services only: mark the course; keep score; and enforce a mandatory mask policy in the common paved lot at the start/finish Telegraph Road shelter area. That’s it! The rest is up to you.

So this will be a bona fide fat ass run, in that there will be no entry fee, no aid, no awards, and — most importantly — no whining. Particularly when it comes to wearing a mask around your fellow runners in the parking lot before the event starts; while in the lot after each loop; and while hanging out at the finish. When you are on the course, be safe, but remaining masked is up to each runner. As an additional safety precaution we will “stage” a rolling start. We feel the mask policy should be easy to adhere to. If you do not agree, we ask that you not attend and save a spot in the event field for another runner.

The course

The course consists of five marked loops of a 10k course. The markings will consist of blue ribbons and blue flagging. There are over 500 feet of elevation gain over the course of each lap. Virtually all of the first half, plus, of the event will be over wide trails, old road beds or open fields; the latter half of the course is on single- and double-track trail. 98% of the course is on dirt. 1% or so is paved and the other fraction involves fording a stream, which you will get to do twice on each loop.


There will be no common aid. None will be provided and runners thus will not be expected to bring any. Each participant will be running a 10k loop and then returning to the start, where you can resupply at your vehicle. As the starting section of each loop will be a fairly open stretch of field, feel free to set up your own aid drop in that area (and out of the way of fellow runners). The requirement to wear a mask in the paved parking area between loops will be relaxed while you are at your vehicle, in order to allow you to eat and drink in your personal “aid station” environment.

Field size

We are looking to have a field of around 50 runners. Please, no pacers and no crew for this event.

Your race direction will be in good hands with Sarah and Q

Last updated October 20, 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.