2018 Women’s Half Marathon Canceled

Thank you for your patience as we worked to make a decision about whether to hold the Women’s Half Marathon in the threat of Hurricane Florence.

We were encouraged by the weather forecast as the week progressed and believe that a bunch of fierce runners like you can well handle the benign stray showers that are now projected for race day.

However, early in the week, the park informed us that we would not be able to use about 8 miles of trail, citing recent rain. We developed a plan to run a modified course using the trail that would available to us. Yesterday, we were informed that if it rains at all in the next 48 hours, we also couldn’t use that trail for the same reason.

So for the first time in 26 years, we are forced to cancel the Women’s Half Marathon — not because of a hurricane or our concern for your safety on the trail but because the park thinks the ground is too wet and muddy. We’re making this decision now — rather than waiting until the park’s deadline of tomorrow — out of respect for your time and your need to plan your weekend.

Park management said that the extraordinary rain we’ve had since May has put everyone on high alert about the trails and that in order for events like ours to continue, we need to be good stewards of the land. The park thinks running on the trails this weekend would have a negative effect on them.

We are disappointed in this outcome but want to respect the land and continue to have a great working relationship with Fountainhead.

Everyone registered in this year’s race can defer her slot and entry fee to next year’s race. We’ll send details about the logistics of that later. Please understand that we cannot issue refunds; this race doesn’t make a profit and your entry fee has already been spent preparing for the event. See our cancelation policy.

I’d like to give a personal word of thanks to Katie Keier and Carrie Drummond, who have been behind-the-scenes co-RDs with me over the past month so I could have a baby. They are just two of the incredible VHTRC volunteers who worked hard to make this event happen.

To get your dirt fix, check out these other running events:

  • Sundays in the Park (VHTRC-sponsored informal training runs in Rock Creek Park).
  • Wolf Pack runs (Wednesday night trail runs at Great Falls).
  • VHTRC calendar (comprehensive list of trail runs in the region and some ultramarathons around the country).

Please reach out with any questions, and I hope to see you in the woods soon!

(Not so) happy trails,

Tracy Dahl, race director

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