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The Bull Run Run is a 50 mile run over trails that parallel the Bull Run and the Occoquan River. The course traverses forested, rolling terrain. There are about 150 yards of asphalt. The remainder is single track dirt. There are small stream crossings. Most of the course drains well, but parts can be muddy in wet weather. The event is held in the height of Virginia's spring beauty. While we have had both warm and cold weather, brutally hot, humid weather is unlikely.


The 2016 Bull Run Run will start at 6:30 AM, Saturday, April 9, at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, Virginia. There is a 13-hour limit with intermediate cutoffs. There are no early starts. Persons missing cutoffs must withdraw from the run.

Runners should pick up their race packets between 3 PM and 8 PM on Friday, April 8 at Hemlock. Runners who can't pick up their packets at that time, may do so on race morning after 5 AM but no later than 6 AM.


Blackburn's Ford
Bridge across Bull Run
The course goes under its present day version

Yes, we have them. We try to have reasonable rules and only what we need. We ask that you review the rules and comply with them. We are hang-loose and fun-loving, but we have our anal streak too. Please humor us and review the Rules - Warnings - Frequently Asked Questions.

Hospitality -- Entry Premium and Food

All entrants will receive a wearable entry item. There will be a pre-race pasta dinner Friday, April 8, between 5:30 and 7:00 PM. The cost of the dinner is $10.

There will be two trail briefings on Friday evening before the event - one at approximately 6:00 PM and another at 7:15 PM.

Complimentary light breakfast on Saturday morning for all runners at 5 am. Crews are welcome to partake as the start approaches.

There will be a post run barbecue open to all. (Alcohol is not permitted in the parks.)


Blackburn's Ford
Blackburn's Ford -- Today, the first aid station

There are reasonably priced options for sleeping at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park on the night before the event. More information is available on the accommodations page.

Sorry, no RV type vehicles permitted at Hemlock Overlook. Please do not drive your RV to the event at all. We don't have room for it.


General Pope
General Pope
All finishers will receive a quality premium. Twenty, fifteen, ten, and five-time finishers receive special recognition. There will be awards for male and female winners of each age division (open, masters, seniors, and super-seniors) in both North and South categories. We will present awards in two ceremonies, or upon request for those who must leave. We don't mail awards.

We will also have awards for teams in several categories. Team information

All members of the winning army, North or South, will receive a small token. North-South Competition


Please check this Web site first including the FAQs, then if you still have questions please e-mail one of the RDs, Alisa Springman at: or Jim Daniels at:

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Cub Run
Cub Run during the Civil War