Run 2: Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt
Training Run #2 goes from Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt, roughly the middle third of MMT. There are several gravel road sections (between Shawl and Veach Gaps and between Indian Grave and Habron Gap) and the trail is otherwise generally runnable, making this one of the “easier” Training Academy runs.
Jack Anderson’s photos from the snowy 2013 event provide an excellent sense of the event and the course — how this training run should be a group effort, allowing runners to meet and learn from each other, as well as to help ensure that all are able to remain on this unmarked course over its full 30+ mile length. See also Gena Bonini’s and Doug Sullivan’s photos from 2009.
This is an event with very real risks to your well being. The VHTRC does not provide medical care for runners at this event. Runners are responsible for their own health, safety, and well being at this event. No doctors, nurses, or emergency medical technicians, or anyone with any medical training are available along the course, at any aid station, or at the finish. The club does not supply any medical goods or services, including bandages, splints, antiseptic, or Ibuprofen or any other drugs to maintain the health of runners. Physical, medical, and emergency care is the runners' responsibility. In case of an emergency, we will endeavor to get local emergency personnel to an injured runner as soon as possible. Since most of our events are in remote areas, medical care may be far away in distance or time. Each year, runners finish — or are forced to drop out — with scrapes, deep cuts, hematomas, dislocations, and sprains. Runners have experienced cuts, bruises, bee stings, and asthma attacks. This is an event with very real risks.