Conquer the Cove 25k & Marathon



11th Conquer the Cove 25k & Marathon

Sunday May 30th, 2021; 6:30am Start
300 Runner Limit
Race Headquarters at Loch Haven Lake
You will not need a day use pass for participation in this race

Registration is Open


Registration Fees;

$46.00 on or before May 4th (plus online processing fee)
$56.00 after May 4th (plus online processing fee)
$61.00 on Race Day

$61.00 on or before May 4th (plus online processing fee)
$71.00 after May 4th (plus online processing fee)
$76.00 on Race Day

Weather in early June can vary widely, so we are making it mandatory to carry water.   (It doesn’t matter what size container you carry, but you will need to carry something.  I recommend the standard 20 ounce handheld bottle with pocket for gels and/or electrolyte pills.)

The marathon has two intermediate cutoff points you can find that info here

This is a great event.  If you are from Roanoke it gives you a chance to compete against the home town folks to see who’s top dog.  If you aren’t from Roanoke it gives you the chance to see 80% of the trails of the park that will be well marked and maintained.  This is the anchor event to the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS) and it has it all; great challenging course, beautiful venue, great aide stations and post race food, and a relaxing atmosphere to hang out in after the race.

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the place to run and ride if you are in Roanoke.  It is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds not only a major water source within its 12,700 acres, but also overflowing recreation opportunities.  There is approximately 40 miles of roads and trails in the park and within trail plan there should be miles and miles of new trails added each year.

Both race distances will be challenging.  There will be a lot of climbing, approximately 3500ft of elevation gain in the marathon.  1000ft of this will occur following mile 18, but your reward will be 2.35 miles of downhill followed by a relatively easy 2 miles to the finish.

This event will be headquartered at Loch Haven Lake.  Property rules state that there will be No Dogs Allowed on the property for this event.

Price includes a challenging well marked course, technical shirt with great design, finishers award, 8 well stocked aide stations, and post race food with good people.

All finishers will get a finishers medal
Top 3 overall Male and Female winners, 1st place M/F Master winners
1st place in each age group will also receive a special award.
Age brackets for the races include, for both male and female:
14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 & up.
If you win an award and cannot stay for the awards presentation, we’ll have the awards at Gilbert Chiropractic, for 2 weeks (540-375-3990).  After that, they will go into the rotation for the next year.

Course;  Race Map

Course Records 25k
2014 – Ed Dickenson 50 – 1:46:45.89
2014 – Megan Hall 28 – 2:00:14.2

2014 Ed Dickenson 50 – 1:46:45.89
2012 April Snow 42 – 2:29:10

Course Records Marathon
2014 – Jake Reed 26 – 2:53:49.39
2015 – Sarah Glenn 39 – 3:34:26.55

2014 – Chuck Engle 43 – 3:14:35
2018 – Sarah Glenn 42 – 3:48:38

Aid Stations; will have Water & Skratch, Honey Stinger Gels, bananas, oranges, PB & Js, chips, and a few other sugary or salty items.

25k Course Description and Water Stops

Marathon Course Description, Water Stops and Intermediate Time Cuts

Spectator Info:    Spectator Map          Spectator Information         Course Mileage Spreadsheet

Spectators will not need to purchase a day use pass for Carvins Cove

Inclement Weather Plan; Mountain Junkies LLC does everything possible to make sure our events are held as advertised but sometimes the municipality that we permit our events though has to call the shots.  In the event of severe weather Roanoke City Parks and Recreation will make a determination of the safety of the event.

The entire 25k course holds up well to wet weather and will not be altered due to excessively wet conditions.

Miles 8-18 of the Marathon course are susceptible to excessively wet weather and an altered course may be used if Roanoke City Parks and Recreation deems it appropriate.  In this case, until we come up with a better option, the marathon course will consist of two laps of the 25k course.  On the second loop the course will deviate from the first loop by continuing on Brushy Mountain Fire Road, from WS 7, for 2 miles to Trough, going down Trough to WS 8 and on to the finish.  This will increase the total mileage to 28.72 miles.

Pre-race Packet Pickup
Thursday 5/27/21 at Gilbert Chiropractic in Salem – 212 East main Street – 375-3990; from 10-1 & 3-6pm.
Friday 5/28/21 at Fleet Feet Sports in Roanoke – 4347 Franklin Road – 777-1166; from 10am-7pm
Saturday 5/29/21 at Fleet Feet Sports in Roanoke – 4347 Franklin Road – 777-1166; from 10am-6pm

Race Day Packet Pickup at Loch Haven
Packet Pickup and Check-in – 5:15-6:15
There will be a Race Briefing at 6:15.

Directions to Loch Haven
2755 Loch Haven Lake Drive, Roanoke, VA, 24019
From the North on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a left onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn (almost immediately).  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles.
From the South on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a right onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn.  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles.


  • Race number must be on your front, and visible at all times. Do not tear off the bottom strip until the finish (Even if we chip time the event. The tear tag is our backup).
  • Follow the marked trail – no short cutting.  We have eyes everywhere!
  • Communicate and be courteous when passing or being passed.
  • Same goes for our volunteers.  They’ve taken their day off to help you.
  • Headphones (ipods, mp3 players, etc) are permitted only if you keep the volume down so that you can hear other runners behind you and our volunteers when they need to get your attention.  Failure to do this will jeopardize the use of headphones for you and the other runners in the future.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted.
  • If you drop out of the race, please let us, course marshal, or volunteer know before leaving the event.

For Race Information Contact:
Mountain Junkies L.L.C.
212 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

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