Come join us for the 10th annual running of the Rosaryville Veterans Day 50K on November 9, 2019. The leaves will be gone, the air will be crisp, and we hope you will once again cross this bridge with us at our Veterans Day trail race.
IMPORTANT COURSE CHANGE! NEW FOR 2019! After completing 3 full loops of the perimeter trail, you will continue on the trail (as if you were doing a 4th loop) but will exit the trail next to the Pavilion picnic area about 2.2 miles later for the finish.
The course is basically three loops run in a counter-clockwise direction around the 9.5-mile perimeter trail. It runs mostly in deep woods, though there is some meadow also. The trail is largely single track, but not very technical. The start (also the finish) is at the Pavilion picnic area about three quarters of a mile from where you enter the single-track perimeter trail. The course is marked with white pie plates and white confidence ribbons. There are other markers on the course that have been put there by other people for other purposes. Look for the white markers only.
There are two aid stations on the perimeter trail with a porta-pot at each one. The aid stations will have Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, pretzels, bananas, fig newtons, cookies, and maybe some boiled potatoes. The first aid station will have the bag drop. We will transport the bags from the Start to the bag drop after the race begins. You can access them on Laps Two and Three. We will bring them back to the pavilion after the race, or you can pick up your bag as you leave the park, if you need to leave before all the runners have finished.
In the interest of our dedicated volunteers and to avoid having runners on the course after the 8-hour time limit, the following cut-off times will be in effect for the third lap:
- On Lap 3, runners must depart Aid Station #1 (about 20.4 miles) by 1:00 p.m.
- On Lap 3, runners must depart Aid Station #2 (about 26.0 miles) by 2:30 p.m.
Note for first-time ultra trail runners: This isn’t a technical course, but admire the scenery at your peril. Roots, rocks, and stumps all nestle in the leaves, which in early November will be plentiful.
At 7:40, there will be a pre-race brief in the pavilion. Please attend.
From Baltimore: (Travel time approx. 1 hour.) Take Route 97 to Route 3 south. Route 3 will cross Route 50 and become Route 301 south. Follow Route 301 to Upper Marlboro. The State Park is located approximately 15 miles south of Route 50 and 4 miles south of Upper Marlboro. The park entrance is on the right.
From the Washington Beltway I-495/95: (Travel time approx. 1/2 hour.) Take exit #11, Route 4 East. Follow Route 4 to Upper Marlboro. Exit on Route 301 south for approximately 4 miles. The park entrance is on the right.
From the south: Travelling north on Route 301, after you pass Rosaryville Road, the park entrance is on your left in about a mile. Coming from the south, it is easy to miss the entrance to the park. If you pass the Osborne Shopping Center you have gone too far. Turn around.
WARNING: There are two ways to enter Rosaryville State Park, from Route 301 (Yes!) and Rosaryville Road (No!). You must enter from Hwy 301. From the Rosaryville Road entrance, you cannot get to the start of the race! The entrance to the park off Hwy 301 is just south of Osborne Road and Osborne Shopping Center.
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Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM
7805 W Marlton Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 United States
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Do’s and Don’ts:
Let us know if you drop out. (So we don’t call your emergency contact!)
Bring a drop bag if you want one. It will not be under a roof, so if rain is forecast you may want to use a dry-bag.
Feel free to have a pacer on Loop #3. However, that pacer must be on foot (not a bike).
Wear headphones or bring a pet while you run. If you race wearing headphones, you will be DISQUALIFIED, and you won’t get a time.
Pay for parking. It is covered by your race registration.
Bring booze—we are in a state park and we don’t have a license for alcohol.
Litter! If you drop a gel, even a gel tab, or a cup, or anything else on the trail, please stop and pick it up!
Registration will close when 200 participants are reached.
Results may be found here.
The course is basically three loops around the 9.8-mile perimeter trail mostly in deep woods, though there is some running in meadow also. The trail is largely single track, but not very technical. The Start (also the Finish) is at the Pavilion picnic area about three quarters of a mile from where the runners enter the single-track perimeter trail.
On Lap 3, departure from Aid Station #1 by 1:00 p.m.
On Lap 3, departure from Aid Station #2 by 2:30 p.m.
Medical AidThere will be a nurse and/or another health care professional at the Start/Finish area.
The perimeter trail has two aid stations about 4 1/2 miles apart, with a porta-pot at each aid station. There will be a bag drop at the first aid station. We will transport bags from the Start to the bag drop site when the race begins and return them to the pavillion after the race–or you can pick up your bag as you leave the park.
Packet PickupPacket Pickup is on race morning from 6:30 to 7:30 at the pavillion area, near the Start/Finish.
Bag DropThere will be a bag drop at the first aid station. We will transport bags from the Start to the bag drop site when the race begins and return them to the pavillion after the race--or you can pick up your bag as you leave the park.
Rice and beans from Chevy’s, apples, and maybe cider.