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Old Dominion 100 Mile

Saturday June 4th, 2022
Woodstock, Virginia
Distance: 100 mile

The Old Dominion 100 Mile Endurance Run is more than just a race. It is more than just four marathons run back to back. It is more than an event in the yearly schedule. It is the Old Dominion.

What does that mean? The Old Dominion stands for tradition - the tradition of each individual against a difficult course, hot and humid weather and the 24 hour time limit. It is the people that have run it in the past and will run it in the future. And it is the people that help with the race every year. It is the Old Dominion.

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Old Dominion 100 Mile, Race Date: 2019-06-01, Distance: 100 mile
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 16:56:20 Olivier Leblond 46 Arlington,VA
2nd Male 17:48:24 Rich Riopel 45 Morganville,NJ
3rd Male 18:06:56 Chris Roberts 34 Washington,DC
4th Male 18:30:42 Philip Sanderson 51 Mill Valley,CA
Female 20:17:37 Kathleen Cusick 44 Indian Harbour Beach,FL
2nd Female 21:39:05 Anna Evans 30 Lynchburg,VA
3rd Female 22:11:55 Alissa Keith 34 Forest,VA
4th Female 22:25:25 Sara Davidson 36 California,MD
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 16:56:20 Olivier Leblond 46 Arlington, VA
M 50-59 18:30:42 Philip Sanderson 51 Mill Valley,CA
M 60-69 23:52:30 Keith Straw 64 Malvern,PA
F 40-49 20:17:37 Kathleen Cusick 44 Indian Harbour Beach,
F 50-59 27:50:47 Melissa Ossanna 50 Bar Harbor,ME
F 60-69 27:15:57 Karen Bonnett-Natraj 62 Auburn,CA
Old Dominion 100 Mile

About the course.

The first six miles of the course travel through historic Woodstock. Here, the fighting minister, Peter Muhlenberg preached his sermon then removed his robe to reveal the Revoluntionary uniform and led his fellow townmen out to win liberty, saying “there is a time to pray and a time to fight.”

Reaching the Shenandoah River at Burnshire Dam, the course crosses by bridge, approaches its first major ascent to Woodstock Gap on a steep gravel switchback and enters the George Washington National Forest. Descending into Fort Valley’s natural fortress, created by the encircling Massanutten Mountains, is more gradual until approx. 10 mi. upon reaching the fairly rugged 2.5 mi. Lavender Trail up and along the West ridgeline, then down to a Forest Service road winding into the Foley Loop on country roads and leading to another stretch of good country which gives way to the climb up to the 675 Overlook and continuing down to Four Points #1 at approximately 32.5. Here the course enters Duncan Hollow on trail that exacts the “just do it” attitude, but does lead to good footing for five miles on Crisman Hollow.

The course turns to climb Moreland Gap with good footing, reaching Edinburg Gap at 55 miles and enters Powell Mountain Trail. The next eight miles have become a heavily utilitized ATV route. Ascending Opechee Peak the trail becomes rugged and steep. The last half, still rugged is not so steep. Reaching Little Fort Campground the course turns up Woodstock Mountain on forest road for five miles to Mudhole Gap. The next mile is trail as lovely as any you will ever visit, running with Little Passage Creek and through it five times.

The course turns onto a fine logging road leading to a turn onto a short, rocky, trail, then crossing the Valley Road, Passage Creek by bridge and into Elizabeth Furance Picnic Area, the Second and final Medical Check at 74.95 miles. This is the only point with a cut-off time. Runners much check-out of Elizabeth Furance by midnight. The next three miles are best left undescribed but are summed up in the phrase “Sherman Gap”. Rumor has it that the gap was not named for any great explorer but rather for the first (and possibly the last) endurance race runner to try to run up it. It is said that you can see his grave ten feet from the top, especially if you are one of the masses trying to do this part of the course in the dark.

Runners are then greeted with a steep trail run down to a gravel road, leading to the wagon road, built by Gen. Daniel Morgan during the Revolution for possible retreat of Washignton’s forces, up Veach Gap and down the boulder falls on the west side. Because most runners will traverse in darkness the difficult stretch from Elizabeth Furnace to the Aid-Station located at the foot of the Veach Gap descent, this is the one part of the race where the runner, if he so chooses, may be accompanied by a safety runner. After descending the western side of Veach Gap at 86.58 miles the competitors are again on their own.

Crossing the Valley road the course now has good footing on country lanes to complete the circle around the Massanuttens, then turns back up and over Woodstock Mountain, across the Shenandoah and through town to the finish back at the County Fairgrounds.

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