March 25, 2023 | Dayton, VA

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Hone Quarry 40 Miler

Overview

The Hone Quarry 40 Miler is a trail endurance race that begins and ends at Briery Branch in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. After entering the George Washington National Forest, the course winds its way through the mountains surrounding the Hone Quarry Recreational Area. Along the way participants will experience towering cliff walls, open meadows, beautiful single-track, impressive vistas, the Hone Quarry Reservoir -- and that's just the first 20 miles!

The course is a large loop with a few out and back sections. Runners will climb and descend several mountain ridges, all while experiencing the area's amazing natural landmarks. Course highlights include the Hidden Rocks trail, "Lover's Leap" overlook, a 15' waterfall, and Flagpole Knob -- which showcases a commanding view of the valley below.

Although there is a 13.5 hour cutoff time, we caution not to underestimate the course. This is a technical mountain race with ~8000' of elevation gain and feels comparable to running a 50 miler. While there many runable sections (particularly the first and last 3 miles on roads), several steep climbs and technical descents make this race one of the more difficult 40 milers in the east.

Race Schedule

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Drop Bags, Pacers & Crew

Drop bags will be allowed at Campground Outbound (mile 6.2), HQ (mile 19.5), Big Hollow (mile 28.2), and the Campground Inbound (mile 35.4). Drop bags must be clearly labeled with the runner’s bib number, name, and most importantly the aid station name!

Due to the remote nature of this course, crews and pacers will not be allowed.

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Course Profile

COURSE STATS

Distance: 39.4 miles*

Ascent: 8,000'*

Descent: 8,000'*

Aid Stations: 6 Fully Stocked

53% Trail, 32% Doubletrack, 15% Paved

*All distances and elevation are 'ish'. Exact stats may vary slightly.

Course Map & Aid Station Guide

Start/Finish Location

Start/Finish will be located at the Briery Branch Church. Parking will be at the activity building beside the church. Restroom facilities will be available for use.

Address: 6494 Daniel Cupp Rd, Dayton, VA 22821

Volunteer

We will need many volunteers to make this race a success! If you, your family, club, or organization are interested in volunteering please click the button below to fill out the quick sign-up form.

All volunteers receive FREE race swag and earn a minimum of 25% off a future Off Road Adventures event (must volunteer for at least 4 hours to earn a discount).

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FAQs

Can I have a pacer and crew?

No. Most of the aid stations are fairly remote or have limited parking. Due to these concerns, as well as the safety of participants who will be running on some of the access roads, crews and pacers will not be allowed. Drop bags will be permitted at certain locations (see chart on Course Info page).

Can I leave my car at the start during the race?

Yes! The start and finish line are at the same location -- the Briery Branch Church. We have been given permission to use their parking area for the duration of the race.

Your website photos were taken in summer, does this mean there will be leaves on the trees?

No. As this is our inaugural year, we currently don't have photos of the race course during the winter/early spring.

However, the beauty of this race isn't due to trees. All the things that make this race special (cliffs, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, meadows, and vistas) are only enhanced by lack of foliage. The website/ultrasignup will be updated with season accurate photography this winter.

Are there any restrooms on the course?

Yes! In addition to the facilities in the start/finish activity building, there is a restroom available for participant just before the Campground aid station (mile 35).

Does this race have water crossings?

Yes, several. Depending on rainfall the crossings could be very high or low. Be prepared to get your feet wet!

If I reach the finish line but miss the final cutoff, will I still receive a finisher's award?

Yes, if you meet all aid station deadlines, but miss the final cutoff, you will still get an award upon crossing the finish line! However, you will receive a "DNF" as your official race result on ultrasignup.

Do you offer refunds?

All event registrations are non-refundable. However, registrants who are unable to participate in the event for which they have registered may transfer their registration to another runner. Prior to January 1, 2023, registrants also have the option to contact the race to request a 1 year deferral into the following year's Hone Quarry 40 Miler.