Is the race inside park boundaries?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks are their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, it can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Why Half Marathons and not other distances?

Two primary reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America. In short, its what most people want.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance (compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half, but for now, we are focused on producing incredible half marathons.

How long do I have to finish? Can I walk?

Yes! Our cutoff for the race is 4 hours. Plenty of time for even slowish walkers. That is a 18 minute mile.

What time does the race start?

We’ll start the race at 7:00 am sharp!

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

We haven’t finalized this yet. We’ll let you know once we’ve set our plans for parking and shuttles, if they’re necessary.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Yes, provided you are courteous to our other runners.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. They are a liability that our insurance does not cover. However they are welcome to greet you at the finish line with the rest of your loved ones!

Where should I stay during my visit?

You can find information about where to find lodging and camping on our “Travel Info” page.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page.

How do I get a refund?

All refund requests can be made by logging into RunSignUp.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.

If I do the Club Hike AND the Shenandoah Trifecta, do I get both commemorative award?

Nope. You’ll just get the club award. But you WILL get major props from us for being so hardcore.