ORRRC’s rich history with ultra trail races starts with this one! Come run through one of the best MetroParks in Montgomery county. This race will take you through cedar forests, open prairies, alongside Twin Creek, through a span of old growth forests, and up and down some of the most scenic hills and peaceful valleys around. A great course for anyone looking to challenge their skill and endurance at the 50k distance.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9 at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Race will start and finish at the Cottonwood shelter in Germantown Metropark.
PARKING: Parking will be available at the Cottonwood and Morning Glory shelters. Overflow parking at the Visitor’s Center. Please do not park on the grass or alongside the road!
REGISTRATION: $50, optional race t-shirt $15
COURSE: The 4 LOOP course starts and ends at Cottonwood Shelter. Runners will take the trail that leads out from the shelter then turns LEFT on the GREEN trail. Turn LEFT on the ORANGE trail, stay right onto PURPLE toward Manning Road. The ORANGE trail has a short road section along Manning Road across the bridge then down steps and through a prairie section. Continue on the ORANGE trail on the east side of Twin Creek. Turn LEFT on the PINK ONLY trail where the orange and pink trail intersect (do not follow orange and pink). Stay on the PINK trail around Sunfish Pond. There will be cones leading to the Sunfish Shelter Aid Station. Follow cones back to the PINK trail. Follow the PINK trail across the parking lot and cross the park road. Stay on the PINK trail down the hill and watch for the sign to TURN LEFT on the ORANGE trail and cross the dam. There will be an Aid Station in a parking lot at the Conservancy Rd. trailhead. Continue on the ORANGE trail through the hills, along with the creek, and on the boardwalk past the Twin Valley Welcome Center. Follow GREEN ORANGE RED back to the Cottonwood trail entrance. Watch for cones leading back to Cottonwood Shelter (Start/Finish and Aid Station).
FLOOD COURSE: Stay on the PINK trail down the hill and watch for the sign to TURN LEFT on the ORANGE trail and cross the dam. There will be an Aid Station in a parking lot at the Conservancy Rd. trailhead. Continue on the ORANGE trail then turn LEFT onto YELLOW ONLY, continue on YELLOW until it meets up with YELLOW BLUE turn left and follow the trail back to the boardwalk, past the Twin Valley Welcome Center, follow GREEN ORANGE RED back to the Cottonwood trail entrance. Watch for cones leading back to Cottonwood Shelter (Start/Finish and Aid Station).
CUT-OFF: There is one cut-off at 2:45 pm. No one will be permitted to start the last loop after that time.
AID STATIONS: Located at Cottonwood (main aid/manned), Sunfish Shelter (fully stocked/manned), and Conservancy (WATER and TAILWIND ONLY/non-manned). Food will include pbj, pickles, salty & sweet snacks, etc. Hydration provided includes water, Tailwind, and assorted soda.
We are going CUPLESS this year so please bring your own water bottle or hydration pack as needed. Single-use cups will only be used for snacks and soda at aid stations.
AWARDS: One of a kind finisher awards // Custom awards given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female overall finishers.
RACE DIRECTOR(S): Rebekah Taylor and J. Patrick Whitecar
VOLUNTEERS: Meet some new friends and have a great time while making a valuable contribution to the local running community by volunteering at this event. If you would like to help, please contact the race director(s) (below), and we’ll be sure to find a job for you!