Cross County Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

Unknown-5The inaugural Cross County Trail Marathon and Half Marathon was definitely a memorable event with the rain and revised course due to the high water level at the Braddock Road under crossing. Everyone enjoyed wading through the newly named Frank’s Gully which will hopefully not be full of water in future races. The second annual Cross County Trail Marathon and Half is set for Veterans Day November 11th, 2015. The marathon and half marathon will start at 8:00AM. This event will take place in its entirety in Virginia on a 6.56 mile section of the Cross County Trail surfaced by pavement, crushed stone, and dirt.

 

 

 

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Registration

Click here to register. Entrant fees: $45 for the half/$60 for the marathon until June 30th; $55 for the half and $75 for the marathon from July 1st to October 14, and $65 for the half and $85 for the marathon after October 14th. Online registration closes at 6:00PM Monday November 9th.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL – The first ten entrants in the marathon and first ten entrants in the half can enter the race for 50 percent off the registration fee. Enter code first10halfoff!! when registering for the race.

Runners can also register for the race starting at 7:15 AM race morning near the start/finish presuming the race isn’t filled.

Race Location/Info

Unknown-7The race start/finish is at Lake Accotink Park at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Va. 22150.

Packet Pickup

The Tuesday night packet pickup time/location has yet to be determined. Race morning packet pickup commence at 7:15 at the race start/finish which is the Large Lakeside Shelter at Lake Accotink.

Parking

There are two entrances to Lake Accotink Park, and there are several parking lots not far from the race start/finish by way of both park entrances. The rear entrance to the park can be viewed here and leads to the closest parking lot to the start/finish. Put 5660 Heming Avenue, Springfield, Va. 22151 into your GPS device to get you to the park rear entrance. Drive two tenths of a mile from the rear park entrance to the parking lot and then walk a tenth of a mile on the trail to get to the start/finish.

To get to the front entrance of the park put 7578 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Va. 22150 into your GPS device. Drive seven tenths of a mile from the front entrance to the parking lot and then walk two tenths of a mile on the trail/road to the start/finish. The front entrance of the park can be viewed here.

Directions

Please read the Parking Section above.

As noted in the Parking Section, to get to the rear entrance of the park put 5660 Heming Avenue, Springfield, Va. 22151 into your GPS device.

To get to the front entrance of the park put 7578 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Va. 22150 into your GPS device.

 

Travel

Use this link to view the airports closest to Springfield, VA.

Course Info

Unknown-6The race will use 6.56 miles of the Cross County Trail in Lake Accotink and Wakefield Parks. The race start/finish will be at the Lake Accotink Marina. Runners will run north on the trail until reaching the north course turnaround at about mile 3.44. At this point runners will turn around and head south for 6.56 miles on the trail until reaching the course south turnaround point. Upon reaching the south turnaround point runners will turn around and head north to the start/finish. Upon reaching the start/finish the half marathon runners will complete their race. Marathon runners will complete a second loop of the course to complete their race. The course is fairly flat with about 423 feet of elevation gain and loss in the half marathon and about 846 feet of gain and loss in the marathon. To read more on the 40 miles long Cross County Trail go to http://www.traillink.com/trail/cross-county-trail-(va).aspx

 

Unknown-8The course map link can be viewed at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/634286146/

 

 

Volunteer

If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com. Volunteers earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race and/or donations to a favorite charity/non-profit organization.

Awards

The 2014 finisher award is pictured above. Due to the improved course, the Steel Images produced awards will be slightly changed for 2015. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards. Great thanks to Steel Images for the fantastic finisher awards!

Weather

Historical average high and low temperatures in Annandale, VA on November 11th are 60 and 43 degrees.

Results

The 2014 half marathon results are here, and the 2014 marathon results are here.

Aid Stations

Aid stations for the half marathon are located at miles 2.2, 4.7, 6.9, 8.7, and 11.3

Aid stations for the marathon are located at miles 2.2, 4.7, 6.9, 8.7, 11.3, 13.1, 15.3, 17.8, 20.0, 21.8, and 24.4

Cutoffs

Runners have seven and a half hours to complete their respective races.

Swag

Swag for this event is yet to be determined. All finishers will receive a quality finisher medal.

Refunds/Transfers/Miscellaneous

As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. This event is limited to 175 entrants. There will not be a waiting list if the race fills.

Questions

If you have any questions please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com.