Course Description

West Virginia Trilogy


Horton Trail

This trail is part of the 50 mile course. The path is named
after the small community of Horton, not the other well-known Horton!


Aid Stations


The WV Trilogy is a three day race consisting of three different courses and lengths. Crew access is restricted to specific aid stations listed below. The aid stations for each individual race are shown in tables below. All aid stations, unless otherwise noted, will carry the ultra-run fare of water, an electrolyte drink, chips, cookies, pb&j, variety of hot food, soup, potatoes and salt, and other libations.

50M participants’ drop bags will be taken to Aid Station #2 Bee Run (11.3 miles).

50k Aid Stations
From To Section Miles Cumulative Miles
Start # 1 Big Run 5.5 5.5
# 1 # 2 Bee Run 5.7 11.3
# 2 # 3 Judy Springs 5.6 16.9
# 3 # 4 Judy Springs 5.7 22.6
# 4 # 5 Seneca 5.1 27.7
# 5 Finish 3.3 31

50M Aid Station # 1 Spruce Knob only has water, electrolyte drink, and a few small snacks. Participants’ drop bags are taken to Aid Station #3 Whites Run (24.9 miles).

50M Aid Stations
From To Section Miles Cumulative Miles
Start # 1 Spruce Knob 6.9 6.9
# 1 # 2 Judy Springs 9.2 16.1
# 2 # 3 Whites Run 8.8 24.9
# 3 # 4 Horton 8.7 33.6
# 4 # 5 Judy Springs 6.9 40.5
# 5 # 6 Allegheny Mountain Trail 5.7 46.2
# 6 Finish 3.8 50

 

Half Marathon Aid Stations
From To Section Miles Cumulative Miles
Start # 1 Big Run 5.5 5.5
# 1 # 2 Gatewood Firetower Road 2.1 7.6
# 2 # 3 Gatewood Firetower Road 2.0 9.6
# 3 # 4 Big Run 2.3 11.9
# 4 Finish 1.2 13.1

 

The 5k Aid Station only carries water.

5k Aid Stations
From To Section Miles Cumulative Miles
Start # 1 2 2
# 1 Finish 1.1 3.1

Maps


50k Course [Map]

50k Elevation [Map]

50M Course South [Map]

50M Elevation South [Map]

50M Course North [Map]

50M Elevation North [Map]

Half Marathon Course [Map]

Half Marathon Elevation [Map]

Seneca Creek Upper Falls

The Upper Falls of Seneca Creek are passed on the 50k & 50M courses. Photo: Jonathan Jessup


Descriptions


Here are some general statements about the 94 miles or 151 kilometers to be traversed. The course is 93% trail, 6.75% dirt road, 0.25% paved. There are no extended rocky, technical trails — only intermittent sections. The only part that might qualify as “rocky” would be a mile or so of Huckleberry Trail on top of Spruce Mountain on Day Two. However this section is so beautiful you won’t mind a few rocks. These are typical “WV trails” (i.e. wild and rugged), but not nearly as technical as Highlands Sky. There are some stream crossing on day one and two, none on day three. The profiles above exaggerate the steepness, but they do indicate where you will be climbing. Total elevation gain/loss for each race is given with the respective profile.


Run for the Hills 5k


The 5k and Half Marathon races begin together. At mile 2.5, the 5k splits left toward the finish. Then you can enjoy the morning and cheer in the half marathon runners.


Logic only gives man what he needs, magic gives him what he wants. – Tom Robbins