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Blacksburg Turkey Trot

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  • Course Description: The Blacksburg Turkey Trot features a 5K course that runs throughout  Blacksburg via the Huckleberry Trail! The Kids Dash is a 1/2 mile out-and-back course, beginning at the start line. See course maps here.
  • The Cause: We’re collecting canned foods and non-perishables for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Our collective effort can make a huge impact and it’s super important to us that we use this event to help those who are hungry around this holiday. Each participant is asked to bring one canned good or non-perishable to packet pickup, but more than one item is welcomed and encouraged!
  • Other Cool Info: The 5K course will not only provide water stations, but pumpkin pie stations! What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than some tiny pumpkin pies while you run?
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Frazier Quarry 5K

Frazier Quarry 5k

  • Course Description: It doesn’t get much cooler than this! You’ll start next to the stone crusher at the top of the quarry, then run around the rim with breathtaking views below before heading down into the “pit.” The finish heads up & out of the pit, around mountains of unearthed stone and through lanes of the biggest and baddest excavating equipment you’ve ever seen. See course maps here.
  • The Cause: 100% of net proceeds benefit the Stephanie Van Nortwick Scholarship. This scholarship was created in honor of a Harrisonburg teacher who passed away in a car accident last year. Stephanie was a high school and college runner who persuaded a group of local friends to run the inaugural Harrisonburg Half Marathon before she had her accident. Many of her students run high school track and cross country and the family has created a scholarship that will be awarded to a high school track and field athlete in her name.
  • Other Cool Info: What’s awesome about a giant rock quarry is that it’s an ever-changing environment. This also means that the course may vary slightly on race day, depending on weather and other factors. It’s all part of the fun!
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – strollers and pets are not allowed at this event.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Harrisonburg Half Marathon

Harrisonburg Half Marathon

  • Course Description: The Harrisonburg Half Marathon is USATF certified at 13.1 miles and features a safe and fun course along the newly constructed Friendly City Trail. An almost fully closed route connects the city’s well-kept parks, pristine golf course and a hospitable neighborhood. See course maps here.
  • Beer & Cider Garden Finisher Party: Directly adjacent to the finish line, join Pale Fire Brewing, Brothers Craft Brewing, and Sage Bird Cider Works for a post-race beverage with your friends and fellow athletes. Drinks will be available for purchase and spectators are welcome to join the fun!
  • Training Program: Excel Rocktown Running has designed an extensive 14-week training plan for novice to experienced runners. Please indicate your interest in participating on the registration page. Most workouts will be done independently with optional in-person sessions once a week. Starts July 2.
  • Accommodations: We welcome you to Harrisonburg for the weekend and hope you’ll take advantage of all there is to offer in our community. Visit Harrisonburg has a great list of accommodations available for a variety of preferences.
  • Parking will be available in three locations. Westover Park, First Church of the Brethren and James Madison University Lots C7, C8, C13, R9, Z.
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – pets are not allowed at this event. However, jogging strollers are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first, second, and third place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

JMU 9/11 5K

JMU 5K

  • Course Description: The 5K course utilizes a scenic route on east campus. Runners and walkers of all skill levels welcome.
  • Parking: Specific parking instructions will be sent prior to event. Parking is available for those without a JMU parking permit.
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

New Year's Eve Glow Run 5K

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  • Course Description: Enjoy a scenic 5K at Heritage Oaks Golf Course along the beautiful cart paths as the sun sets on the year. Even better, all participants receive glow paraphernalia to help light up the course (participants are also asked to bring your own headlamps & flashlights). See course maps here.
  • The Cause: Funds from the NYE Glow Run 5K benefit Generations Crossing, which provides adult and child day care for the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community. Unique to their intergenerational program is the opportunity for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children to interact with adult participants. Fun and engaging activities are carefully planned to establish positive relationships across the life span. To learn more about Generations Crossing click here.
  • Other Cool Info: At pre-race packet pickup, you’ll receive glow sticks, glow necklaces and other glowing paraphernalia so you can be decked out and fully glowing on race day. You’ll want to wear your brightest clothes and bring headlamps or flashlights to light your path. We’ll also add some lights and music along the course to keep you motivated!
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers are welcome, but leashed pets are not allowed at this event.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Perfect Day 50K

  • Course Description: Take a closer look at the trail loop by reviewing the course map and full Western Slopes trail map. The Perfect Day 50K loop utilizes the following trails: Short Track (#84), Creekside (#94), Pond Trail (#20) and Virginia ’54 (#90). The first half of the trail loop is a steady uphill. The second half is steady downhill!
    • The event is a self supported event with no aid stations on the 5K loop. Participants will need to carry their own hydration while they are on the course.
  • Time Cutoff: Participants must be able to finish each 5K loop in under 57 minutes. Anyone who does not meet the time cut off each hour will not be permitted to continue and only their finished laps will be listed in the results.
  • Accommodations: We welcome you to spend the weekend at Massanutten Resort.
  • Event Parking will be available for participants in the grassy area directly next to the start/finish line. Spectators will be asked to park in the gravel lot at Massanutten Western Slopes.
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – strollers & pets are not allowed on the 5K loop for Perfect Day 50K participants. Pets can hang out on a leash at Basecamp.
  • Awards: Based on cumulative time.
    • Individual Awards: Overall fastest male and female winner
    • Team Awards: teams of 2, teams of 3 (co-ed, all male, all female)
  • Trail Etiquette: All participants are asked to use proper trail etiquette at this event. The trail will be open to other runners, walkers, and cyclists. When passing, please announce your arrival (ex. “on your left”) and pass on the left. Stay on the designated 5K loop at all times. Pacers are not permitted to run with you. Race bibs must be worn and visible at all times.
  • Anyone who chooses not to participate in this event for any reason may pick up their shirt and bib at packet pickup. These items will NOT be available after packet pickup or saved for no-shows after the event. Swag awarded at the finish line (example: medals) will not be given to or saved for registrants who do not complete the race.

Rockingham Park 5k

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  • Course Description: Join us as we partner with Rockingham County Parks & Recreation for the annual Rockingham Park 5K at the Crossroads! The entire 5k will take place within the park on a paved trail. This race will be chip timed (three laps = 5K). See course maps here.
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Rocktown Turkey Trot

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  • Course Description: The Rocktown Turkey Trot features a 2 mile loop that runs through the heart of downtown. Runners will run the lap twice to complete 4 miles. The Kids Dash is a 1/2 mile out-and-back course, beginning at the start line. See course maps here.
  • The Cause: We’re collecting canned foods and non-perishables for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Our collective effort can make a huge impact and it’s super important to us that we use this event to help those who are hungry around this holiday. Each participant is asked to bring one canned good or non-perishable to packet pickup, but more than one item is welcomed and encouraged! Check out more info about the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank here.
  • Other Cool Info: The 4 mile course will not only provide water stations, but pumpkin pie stations! What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than some tiny pumpkin pies while you run?
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Run the Runway 5K

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  • Course Description: This family-friendly event begins on the taxiway and takes place entirely on the runway! It offers a unique race opportunity on a real airport runway and is a perfect fit for runners, walkers and families at all fitness levels.
  • The Cause: All proceeds will benefit the Explore More Discovery Museum’s aviation exhibit where children learn about the many aspects of aviation including hands-on experience as a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller and passenger. By supporting this event through sponsorship or registration, you will assist the museum to fulfill their mission of “engaging young minds through interactive, multi-sensory learning experiences that promote greater understanding of themselves and their world.”
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – no pets not allowed at this event. However, strollers are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Smoothie Man's Mud Mile

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  • Course Description: The course will be open from 8:00am-12:00pm, and every kid is permitted one run of the course anytime between 8am-11am. Kids are welcome to run the course additional times from 11am-12pm. Ice cold smoothies courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be served up to all kids at the finish line and all finishers get a sweet medal. See course maps here.
  • Other Cool Info: We’ve designed obstacles for your kids to crush on their way from the start line to the finish line! This is a choose-your-own-adventure course and aims to be skill level friendly. Kids can get competitive, get muddy, get the giggles, challenge themselves or take a hard pass on any obstacle that isn’t meant to be. Volunteers will be stationed at every obstacle to assist as needed.
    • Parents and fans are welcome to remain “outside the tape” at no charge. There is a $20 “inside the tape” spectator pass if a parent would like to stay with their kid on the course the entire time. Spectator passes do not include t-shirt, medal or smoothie.
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – strollers and pets are not allowed at this event.

Valley 4th RUN

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  • Course Description: The Valley 4th RUN features a closed 1.5 mile looped course that runs through the heart of downtown Harrisonburg! 10K’ers will run four laps. 5K’ers will run two laps. 1.5 milers will run one lap. See course map here.
  • The Cause: We are thrilled to partner with United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County to collect school supplies for low-income students at packet pickup. This will help kickstart their annual Stuff the Bus event!
  • Other Cool Info: 40 foot inflatable slip n slide at the finish line. Do we really need to say more??
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+

Valley Vines Twilight 5K

Valley Vines Twilight 5K

  • Course Description: The 5K course runs entirely on Vineyard property with amazing mountain views throughout. You’ll literally run through the vines where the grapes are grown for the wine you’ll soon drink! See course maps here.
  • Other Cool Info: The post race party will feature free live music and food on site (available for purchase).
  • Stroller and Pet Policy: Sorry – strollers and pets are not allowed at this event.
  • Awards: The event is chip timed and awards will be given to first place male & female finishers in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and under
    • 13-17
    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55-64
    • 65-74
    • 75+