Grindstone 100 Mile Race

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Posted on the Ultralist: Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 10:52:26 -0500 From: Clark Zealand Subject: Grindstone 100 info & pics

Hello all Thank you to all who have inquired about Virginia’s newest 100 miler. Since my last email I have been inundated with questions about the details of the GRINDSTONE 100. Those who came to the MMTR saw a really impressive (or scary) elevation profile along with the other Beast Series events. BTW, Beast Series event #2, Terrapin Mtn (March 29), is now both a full and =BD marathon and the application will be ready soon.

So, in a collective response here are some facts about Grindstone:

  • Grindstone 100 (race #4 in the Beast Series); an advanced-level 100 miler with qualifications and trail work requirements
  • Date: October 3-5, 2008
  • Start/Finish: Camp Shenandoah, Boy Scouts of America Camp near Swoope, VA
  • Start time: Friday, October 3 at 6pm.
  • Overall Cutoff Time: October 5 at 8am (38 hours)
  • Aid Stations: 14 or 15 fully stocked aid stations including 1 or 2 medical stations
  • Course: One complete loop with an out & back from the Start/Finish on a combination of single track and USFS road and following, among others, the North Mtn Trail, Shenandoah Mtn Trail, & Wild Oak National Recreation Trail.
  • Course Area: George Washington National Forest, North River Ranger District & Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries, Little North Mtn Wildlife Management Area.
  • Areas of interest on course: Elliott Knob, Jerkemtight Road, Southern Traverse, Confederate Breastworks, Mtn House, Camp Todd, Grindstone Mtn, & Chimney Hollow
  • Elevation change: 26,004 gain & 26,004 loss High Point: Elliot Knob, 4463 feet (which you visit twice!)
  • Pre/post race activities: There will be a pre-race lunch with briefing and a post-race breakfast with awards. The camp has a large dining hall, fireplace lounge, as well as camping, swimming, & campfire areas.
  • Awards: Finisher awards including the traditional but really cool Grindstone Belt Buckle, special awards to top finishers and age groups and, of course, best blood. Entry fee: $200 and increasing upon subsequent dates
  • Application available date: April Fools Day!

Those with National Geographic Map #791 (Staunton, Shenandoah Mtn) should be able to follow the course without too much difficulty. If you’re interested in more details on the course itself, please contact me off-list at [email protected]

Here’s a link to some photos on the course[email protected]/sets/72157601901113550/ Please be patient while the website ( <> ) is completed in order to provide more information. Thanks! Clark T.W. Zealand, Ph.D. Race Director