The Bull Run Occoquan Trail meanders through a sea of bluebells.

Mark VanDyke

North-South Competition

The Bull Run Run includes a competition between the two sides of the Civil War — the North and the South.

For the third year in a row, the North won and runners for the North received gloves and will have the low bib numbers next year. No one takes this very seriously. Many runners from Virginia ran for the North.

More information on the North-South Competition.

2019 North-South Competition
  North South
Finishers under 10 hours 17 4
Entrants 229 95
Total Entrants 324
Factor (North/South) 2.411
Score 17 9.642

Each runner finishing under 10 hours scores for his or her side. If the runner is from the side with the greater number of entrants (the North, as it was in 1861 and is now), he or she will score one point. If the person is from the side with the smaller troop strength (the South), the score will be proportionally larger to account for the lesser troop strength.