A little Chestnut Ridge History Lesson

Seems like this info has slowly made it around the community of trail users looping around Chestnut Ridge.

The area was once mined for iron ore.  Once you consider this, the trail on the west side of the parkway spur starts to take on a different look.

As I find info on it I’ll try to post it here or to the Frozen Toe page.  But John Carlin did a good write up here – http://johncarlinsvirginia.blogspot.com/2011/11/of-giant-holes-and-iron-mines.html

wazUPwidis Urban Run and Stair Challenge registration is live

Back for it’s 5th year, the brainchild of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation and Mountain Junkies LLC, wazUpwidis is one of the most unique races you’ll ever have the chance to run. Last year during the event, nearly 370 participants experienced the uniqueness of this race. The attendance numbers are expected to grow this year, so make sure you’re a part of the growing phenomenon.

What’s up with the race…and the name?
Simply put, the objective of wazUpwidis is to run through, up and over a few of Downtown Roanoke’s landmarks, traversing surprisingly difficult elevation in two of the city’s parking garages and finishing with a breathtaking climb and descent in the Wells Fargo Tower.  You may be able to run, and you may be able to climb – but can you do both?

See the race page for complete details – http://mountainjunkies.net/site/wazupwidis/

RegOnline          RegMail


Holiday Cookie Run – More Details

Join us on December 17th for the first Mountain Junkies holiday cookie run.  What could be more fun than running trails and then eating cookies?

Cookies you say?  

It’s a simple format with one basic rule.  You have to bring homemade cookies to participate.


  • We meet at 8:30-8:45 at the Hollins University Dining Hall.
  • At 9:00a.m. we run the Tinker Creek Greenway to Carvins Cove boat docks and back to Hollins (approximately 7 miles total).
    • You don’t have to run the whole way.
    • Regardless of speed, I’d suggest everyone turnaround at 30 minutes and head back.
  • Please contact Gina at gina@mountainjunkies.net to let us know if you plan to attend.  We’d like know how many calories we need to burn that week so we can try all the cookies.

Hollins University Map
On the map, the Dining Hall is #22. The Moody Center and we’ll be meeting at the Rathskeller.

Once back we enjoy cookies, coffee, tea, cocoa, and oh yeah, socializing with other mountain junkies.

So let’s end the year in the company of friends; sweaty, caffeinated and over sugared.

Join us for the 9th Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS)

The 9th year of the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series will begin with the 1/7/17 Frozen Toe 10k.  Registration is now up and running for the entire RNUTS schedule – https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Salem/RoanokeNonUltraTrailSeries?remMeAttempt=

The Frozen Toe will sell out, so make sure you get in early.  We are limited by our permit to 250 runners.

We are looking forward to a new year of trail fun.  Be there and introduce someone new to these trail running adventures.

Into the Darkness Preregistered list is posted

The 10th edition of the Into the Darkness 4 mile night trail run is happening this Saturday, 10/22, at the Explore Park at 7pm.

I the preregistered list with wave assignments is posted – http://mountainjunkies.net/Into_the_darkness_Files/2016_ITD_PreReg.htm

Waves have been set up from the information you provided during registration and are there to help minimize overlapping traffic on the trail.

Come on out for a PR on a new course.

Into the Darkness – Running in the dark advice

Come out to one of the most unique events in the Roanoke Valley – http://mountainjunkies.net/site/into-the-darkness-night-trail-run/

This event is presented by TK Miller MD of Carilion Clinic Sports Medicine

Don’t forget to try out your choice of lighting before the race.  I’ve written a little post about it here – http://mountainjunkies.net/Into_the_Darkness_files/Into_the_Darkness_Running_Trails_at_Night.pdf