PERMITS: This event is held in accordance with permits from the U.S. Forest Service, George Washington National Forest, Pedlar Ranger District and the National Park Serivce, Blue Ridge Parkway, Ridge District. Please respect and care for the land that this event is held on to help ensure the future of this event. I can’t emphasize enough how IMPORTANT this is!
START/FINISH LOCATION: The MMTR is a point-to-point race. Due to new National Park Service regulations, the MMTR will no longer begin at the James River Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The new start location is at KOA (Wildwood) Campground, 6252 Virginia Byway, Monroe, VA 24574, (434) 299-5228, wildwoodcampground.com. National Geographic Map #789 (Lexington / Blue Ridge Mts.) is the best topographic map for the area. You can purchase Nat Geo Map#789 here.
TRANSPORTATION: Because this is a point to point race, bus transportation is provided for the runners from Lynchburg to the start and back to Lynchburg for the awards dinner. The buses will also meet you at Long Mtn. Aid Station (#8, 26.49 miles) and at the finish (Montebello). PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BACK TO THE START OF THE RACE. I highly recommend the use of the buses for those of you without a crew. SEATING IS LIMITED (and fuel is expensive), so please enclose $7 for a bus ticket with your entry fee if you wish to utilize this transportation. Your bus ticket will be stapled to your race number, which you will pick up on Friday night.
ENTRY FEE: $120 before October 1, $150 thereafter. For each registered runner, this fee includes eligibility for numerous draw prizes, a drop bag service, aid stations, discounted pre-race dinner, discounted post-race awards dinner, race shirt, finisher’s awards, and a special award to all qualified category finishers.
THERE WILL BE NO REFUND OR TRANSFER OF ENTRY FEES.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A REFUND OR TRANSFER or, as my buddy Luis Escobar of Born to Run Ultra Marathons in California likes to put it:
“Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite, no. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, of if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, the heart break of psoriasis or any other communicable decease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.”
CORRECT SIZING FOR RACE CLOTHING CANNOT BE GUARANTEED TO THOSE WHO ENTER AFTER SEPTEMBER 1 or any OVERFLOW ENTRIES
Entrant Scholarships: A limited amount of entrant scholarships are available to those who express a financial constraint to entering the MMTR. For example, this is intended for full-time students and/or those who (because of financial constraints) would otherwise not be able to enter. You must email me to inquire eligibility. Please do not abuse this policy or attempt to provide false information. Verification may be required.
COURSE: Beginning at the KOA (Wildwood) Campground, runners loop the camp lake and cover a short road section (approx. 1.5 miles) before entering National Forest land. The course then meanders northward over various dirt and gravel roads in the National Forest before runners have to negotiate the second half of the course. Leaving Long Mountain aid station, the second half includes dirt & old logging roads as well as several miles of beautiful single track trail. Many say the race is just beginning when you leave Long Mtn. Upon reaching the last aid station at Porters Ridge, runners course downhill for 2.9 miles toward the finish in Montebello. The entire MMTR course traverses some of the most beautiful areas in the Blue Ridge right around peak fall foliage.
AID STATIONS: Fourteen (14) fully-stocked aid stations are at 1 to 7 mile intervals throughout the race. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BRING A CREW! If you ride the bus, drop bags will be available at Long Mountain aid station (mile 26.49) and at the finish line. Runners are responsible for reclaiming their own drop bag(s) during and/or after the event. eco-x is not responsible for lost or damaged drop bags or the contents therein.
CREWS & PACERS: Crew access is limited to the following aid stations: 2,3,6,7,9,10,11, & 12. The only place crews are allowed to drive on the racecourse itself is from aid station 9 to 10. Pacers are generally discouraged but tolerated for those who have a special need; as determined by the race director. However, if you expect to vie for a place in the top ten (men or women) pacers are NOT allowed; you could jeopardize your top-ten place by having a pacer.
CUT-OFF TIME: 12 hour time limit! The entire course will be officially closed at 6:30 PM. Aid station cut-off times will allow a 10-minute flex before Long Mountain Wayside (mile 26.49). Including Long Mountain Wayside and after all aid stations cut-off times will be strictly enforced (if you are over the time limit, you must stop). There will be no time allowance from Long Mountain Wayside to the finish.
COURSE RECORDS: Men’s: Geoff Roes, 2009, 6:27:55 Women’s: Nikki Kimball, 2006, 7:47:05
See other MMTR records and stats.
OFFICIAL HOST FOR THE PRE & POST RACE BANQUETS: The Liberty Mountain Conference Center (http://www.libertymountainconferencecenter.com/) is hosting our pre-race and post-race banquets.
SATURDAY MORNING: Race participants will leave Lynchburg from the Liberty Mountain Conference Center parking lot at 5:00 AM & travel to the start of the race at Wildwood Campground. It is about 30 miles to the start. You MUST CHECK-IN at the START LINE to be an official entrant or you can check in on the bus while you are traveling to the start. The buses will bring you back to the Liberty Mountain Conference Center for the meal and awards ceremony on Saturday night.
PRE-RACE CHECK-IN: Runners can pick up their race packet & number from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday at the Liberty Mountain Conference Center and at The Aid Station running store (101 Northwynd Circle – Suite A, Lynchburg, Va 24502) on Thursday & Friday before the race.
PRE-RACE DINNER: At the Liberty Mountain Conference Center, on Friday night from 6:00-7:30 PM, a Full-course Pasta Buffet will be served. This will be a great pre-race meal discounted to RUNNERS ONLY for $5.00 (a meal ticket will be attached to your number). The cost of this meal for non-entrants is $9.00 per person in advance; NO TICKETS sold at the door (Kids meal prices: Age 5 & under FREE; Ages 6-12, $5.00). Come and enjoy the homecoming atmosphere at our pre-race dinner! Numerous draw prizes will be given out on Friday night!
PRE-RACE BRIEFING: There will be a pre-race briefing at 7:00 PM for all runners. Crew members are encouraged to attend.
POST-RACE DINNER: After the buses bring you back to Lynchburg, there will be a post-race awards dinner at the Liberty Mountain Conference Center (same place as the pre-race meal) beginning at 7:00 PM & awards beginning at approx. 8pm. This will be a very nice full-course catered meal and is discounted to RUNNERS ONLY for $10.00 (a meal ticket will be attached to your number). The cost of this meal for non-entrants is $15.00 per person in advance; NO TICKETS sold at the door (Kids meal prices: Age 5 & under FREE; Ages 6-12, $7.50). There are no shower facilities are available at the finish.
I CAN’T GET ENOUGH MMTR BREAKFAST: For those runners still in town on Sunday morning we will meet and eat breakfast together (telling plenty of stories) at the Golden Corral on Ward’s Road at 8:00 AM.
AWARDS: All sub-12 hour finishers will receive a special finisher’s award. The overall male and female winners will receive the Mountain Masochist Trophy. The top 10 male and female finishers will receive special awards. Also, special awards will be presented to the first place male and female masters (40-49), grand masters (50-59) and male super masters (60 and over), Fastest Fat Boy and Best Blood.
AWARDS CEREMONY: Finishing awards will be presented to runners at the finish line. Special awards will be presented at the post-race dinner beginning around 8:00 PM.
NO AWARDS WILL BE MAILED.
To the Liberty Mountain Conference Center: http://www.libertymountainconferencecenter.com/location/
To the start at Wildwood Campground: http://www.wildwoodcampground.com/map.htm
To the finish at Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort: http://www.montebellova.com/map.htm
Additional information will be sent to entrants by email ONLY after the application and payment have been submitted.