Entries from new participants, postmarked after January 1, 2018, and entries from prior participants,
postmarked after February 1, 2018, will be placed on our waiting list.
We continue to accept entries from prior participants at this time.
Due to the nature of the course and support facilities, race management
reserves the right to limit the race-day field to ~100 runners. (see FAQs)
Please note: This is a low-key, low-frills event. Amenities are minimal.
Race memento (paperweight with race logo) given to race-day participants.
Awards presented to the top finisher, male and female.
Trophies awarded to the top (1) finisher in the following age groups, male and female:
29-under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Finish certificate mailed to first-time marathoners.
Other finishers receive post card results.
This USATF certified course (VA12004MS) is pleasantly scenic.
The race starts and finishes at the junction of Watauga Road (Rt. 677) and the Virginia Creeper Trail, near Abingdon.
Following an out-and-back first two miles on gently rolling Watauga Road,
the rest of the race is run on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a former railroad bed.
The Trail is flat to gentle grade, with a soft running surface (plus the occasional wooden trestle).
One of the two out-and-back segments on the Trail is repeated, as is a short portion of the other segment.
Runners pass the Start/Finish area at 2, 9, 18 and 25 miles.
Aid stations (water/sports drink) every 2 - 2.5 miles, with refreshments and homemade goodies at the finish.