14th Into the Darkness Night Trail Run
October 24th, 2020, 7:00pm
This race is and Registration is closed
There will be some Covid-19 related changes but it will be an in person race with real awards and results (Covid here)
Participant limit of 220 – Race is Full
4M Virtual option:
$25.00 on or before October 5th (plus processing fee)
$30.00 after October 5th until the Race
Long Sleeve Shirts guaranteed by registering on or before October 4th. Since we are only promoting this event 5 weeks out and have a 10/4 shirt deadline (due to nationwide shipping issues), only preregistered runners will get this year’s shirt. It is a great, soft, unisex shirt. You’ll like it, trust me. All runners registered after that date will have their pick of a previous year’s shirt. These are nice too and we have plenty of them. So there will be enough for everyone.
About the VIRTUAL race
We’ll have the course cleaned up and ready to go for your virtual run. You will get turn by turn directions to ensure that you stay on course. This course will not be decorated like the LIVE event lists below.
About the LIVE race
This year’s course will revert back to the 2018 and prior course
This is the Roanoke Valley’s most unique event. The course will take you through 4 miles of the Explore Park. Much of the course is on IMBA designed trails. The course consists of 2 miles of twisty rolling single track and 2 mile of grass and gravel roads. These trails will be marked with reflective arrows, glow sticks, and the occasional surprise (nothing scary, this is a family event). Every effort will be taken so that you will easily be able to find your way and stay on course.
A light source is mandatory; it is recommended that you have at least a headlamp or flashlight. I personally think it is best to carry one of each. A headlamp to see where you are going and a flashlight to cast shadows and give you depth perception (easier to see those sneaky roots and rocks). We will leave this up to your personal preference. It is recommended that you try your choice of light source under similar conditions prior to running the race.
PLEASE NOTE—Headlamps, flashlights, and any other light source will not be provided by race management.
New Covid Waiver (must be signed before participation)
1. Sign and bring to packet pickup or race day check-in
2. Go to your www.runsignup.com profile and/or click the manage registration on your registration email receipt.
– click “questions” from the menu options
– at the bottom of the questions screen in the waiver, click “I Agree” and then save your changes.
– that’s it!
Due to the the Governor’s executive order and the rules of phase III, this year’s event will be a operated a little differently. Packet pickup on Thursday is greatly encouraged to minimize the volume of people on race day. We ask that you bring a mask to the event, when congregating, pre and post race, we expect you to social distance and if you are unable to distance the wearing of a mask is expected.
It needs to be restated here that if you aren’t feeling well, have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, that you cannot participate in this event.
- The event will be chip timed at both the start and finish.
- The race will start in waves in order to spread runners out and eliminate the mass start.
- We will do our best to designate the waves by expected finish time or age group.
- The order of your start will be indicated by your bib number.
- The first wave will be Bib numbers 501-525
- Second wave 1 minute later 526-550
- Third wave 1 minute later 551-575
- Forth wave 1 minute later 576-600
- and so on until all 200 runners have started the race.
- Runners should stay 6 feet apart at the start line and we’ll have visual and verbal cues as to how we want you to line up at the start. While waiting for your wave, runners should avoid groups and stay socially distant.
Phase III approach (max group size of 250 people);
Runners will be staged in a group of 25 (positions will be marked out in the starting area).
– The starting line will be 15 feet wide and will allow rows of 3 runners across. Lines of 3 will be spaced out into 8 rows.
Runners will be started in small groups of 25 at a time.
As each group of 25 leaves the starting area, other runners will take their spots and move forward with each wave.
After the race there will be one prepackaged water bottle and snack given to each finisher. You are encouraged to bring your own water and food for after the event.
Race Day Itinerary
5:15-6:40pm – Packet Pickup and Check-in.
6:45-7:00pm – Race Briefing – Discussion of Race & Course details.
– All runners will get one bottle of water and some prepackaged food (don’t worry, your pumpkin bread fix should be met)
– We hate that we can’t have the usual spread. But that doesn’t mean you can go and visit our long time race sponsor Mamma Maria’s
– You are encouraged to bring your own water and food for after the event.
– Into the Darkness Awards Ceremony
Age brackets for the races include, for both male and female:
9 & Under; 10-14; 15-19, 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 & over
The top 3 overall male and female finishers for each race will receive distinctive awards.
The top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal recognizing their achievement.
Race Course Description;
There is a lot going on with the Explore Park and every time we are out there there is more work being done.
The race course is a mix of trail and paved and grassy roads. You will start out on the section of road that has been called “vomit hill”. This will give you a nice hill to get spread out before hitting the trails. From there it is a matter of following the person in front of you are the many reflective tacks, glowsticks or trail decor that we have set out for your amusement.
Detailed course description – New for 2020;
Some course details may change leading up to race day. What we know for sure if that the race will be headquartered at Journey’s End (Parking Lot D on the map, like 2018 and couple year’s prior to that). We will be setup behind Blue Mountain Adventures building. Please check them out and give them some business. They are a big part of helping the Explore Park continue to grow.
- Course directions;
- Start and Finish area on the gravel road to the side of Blue Mountain Adventures (L on this MAP)
- The start will be at the Yellow gate to the side of Blue Mountain Adventures.
- From the start, you will run up “Vomit Hill” to the Brugh Tavern parking lot (Lot B). You will head straight through the lot to the ramp in the sidewalk curb. You will then take the gravel path that goes along the left side of the Tavern.
- From here you will come to the old section of the Foresters Trail. At two orange reflective stakes you will take a right down on to the single track trail.
- Take this trail to an old wooden section of fencing. Here you will take an almost 180 degree turn at the orange stakes on to the Yellow Trail.
- After you cross the large bridge and climb up the switchbacks you will turn left on to the Blue Trail.
- Take the Blue Trail for approximately 1.5 miles.
- At around 2.5 miles you will take a hard 180 degree left turn where the Blue and Red Trails meet, heading down to the River Walk.
- Take the River Walk to the steep hill that goes beside the Mill.
- At the top you will come to the Farmstead loop.
- Take the Farmstead loop counter clockwise
- At the end of the loop, take a right over the bridge to the last .2 miles to the Yellow Gate where you started.
- This will be at the “6” on the Map.
Directions to the Explore Park
You may want to consult this PAGE to verify if the parkway is closed;
Once on the Blue Ridge Parkway go to milepost 115. Take the road into the Explore Park. Once in the park, you will head down Salem Turnpike to the gravel lot at parking lot D. Once this is filled we will start parking on the side of the road heading up the hill you drove down. We’ll be setup under tents behind the Blue Mountain Adventures building.
Race Headquarters and Parking
We will be using Parking Lot D and setup under tents behind the Blue Mountain Adventures building.
From the North on I-81
Take I-81 to exit 150B (alternate 220 South). Take A220 approximately 5.5 miles south to HWY 460. You will take a left onto 460 East. Take 460 approximately 2.9 miles to the exit for the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Once on the BRP head south for approximately 9.4 miles to the exit for Virginia’s Explore Park. Take this road a mile or so until you enter the park.
From the South on I-81
Take I-81 to exit 143 for I-581 south. Take I-581 south through downtown Roanoke. Once you are through downtown I-581 turns to HWY 220. Continue to take 220 south until you reach the exit for the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). This will be about a mile after the Lowe’s and Home Depot. Take the BRP north approximately 6 miles to the exit for Virginia’s Explore Park. Take this road a mile or so until you enter the park.
If the Blue Ridge Parkway is Closed:
Take I-581 towards Downtown Roanoke. Take the Elm Exit. From the North take a RIGHT on Elm or From the SOUTH take a LEFT. Pass the hospital and take a LEFT at 2nd light onto Jefferson Street. Once on Jefferson take a LEFT at the 4th light onto Walnut Ave. Follow Route 116: After crossing the bridge take a LEFT on Piedmont, then a quick Right on Riverland. After 1.5 miles take a LEFT, off of Route 116, on to Rutrough Road (we will try to have a sign/ARROW here to direct you at this tricky turn. We have had many signs taken from this location so we will not guarantee the sign will stay there). Take Rutrough approximately 4 miles to a sign for the park on your LEFT. Enter Park and parking will be in the second lot on your left.
For Race Information Contact:
Mountain Junkies L.L.C.
212 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153