On August 8 & 9 we will have two training runs on the Grindstone course. Tentative plans are that we’ll do the same as last year, that is, run the course in the return direction split over the two days.
Here’s the 411:
1. August 7: 7:00pm @ Country Cooking Restaurant (90 Lee Jackson Hwy #1209, Staunton, VA). The Restaurant is inside the Mall. After eating, we’ll drive to Camp Shenandoah for the night (you will need your own tent, etc).
2. August 8: 6:30am @ Briery Branch Gap (N38 28.9224' W079 13.2660') to Dowells Draft (N38 16.9335' W079 17.4084') = a total of 29.1 miles
Meeting places: Dowells Draft at 5:50am or Camp Shenandoah at 5:20am
We will carpool from Camp Shenandoah to Dowells Draft and up to Briery Branch Gap. A couple of large vehicles would help in transporting runners to the day’s start. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ON LEAVING A VEHICLE AT BRIERY BRANCH. When we are done, we’ll get cleaned up at the camp (showers are at the camp) and drive into Staunton for Dinner.
3. August 9: 6:30am @ Dowells Draft to Camp Shenandoah (N38 08.0230' W079 13.8158') = a total of 22.9 miles
Meeting place: Camp Shenandoah at 6:00am
We will carpool from Camp Shenandoah to Dowells Draft and run from there back to Camp Shenandoah. As well, a couple of large vehicles would help transport runners to the day’s start. We will not be shuttling folks back to Dowells Draft at the end of the day.
*There will be limited (if any) course markings on the course on either day. There are many turns, especially on the first training run. You need to bring a course map or run with someone who knows the course.
**Notification: If you plan on doing one or both of these training runs, please email me at email@example.com
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Clark Zealand, Ph.D.