Bull Run Run 50 Mile
High Water Course
Here is information about one of the course options we would use if high water or excessive mud precludes us from going to the upstream turnaround in Bull Run Regional Park. Even this course may not be usable in all situations. It is the course we used in 2005.
- The start and first seven miles will be "normal." You will take a lap around Hemlock Overlook and then go down to the river on the horse trail. The course then goes to Centreville Road as it always does.
- The course will go past Centreville Road for one mile to, but not across Cub Run.
- Back from Centreville Road to Hemlock will be "normal." There will be no alteration of how the course goes through Hemlock.
- Leaving Hemlock in the downstream direction will be "normal" until you approach Fountainhead. At Fountainhead you will go to the aid station first and then do the entire White Loop. This means that the distance from the Wolf Run Shoals aid station to the Fountainhead aid station is only two miles. The distance from Fountainhead to the Do Loop, however, will be longer (4.4 miles). The course will never cross itself in Fountainhead so you should not go the wrong way. You will, however, see people going different ways from you. Do not try to join them if red ribbons are blocking your way.
- You will end the White Loop by the chain link fence at the maintenance yard and then head toward the Do Loop on the blue blazed horse trail.
- The Do Loop will be "regular." We will do the "two car" Do Loop. You will see both the Ford Fairlane and the Nash Rambler.
- On your way back to Fountainhead you will do the White Loop again before you arrive at the aid station.
- From Fountainhead, you go straight back as usual to the finish.