Runners, welcome to the fourteenth annual Rosaryville Veterans Day Trail Race. The leaves will be gone, the air will be crisp, and we hope you will once again cross this bridge with us at our Veteran’s Day Trail Race. New to this year’s race is the 20K option. That’s right, you now have the option of running a 50K or 20K.
Participants can register for the race on ultrasignup.com. Runners are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot for this classic trail race with old school feel.
The Rosaryville State Park course is a true gem for trail runners in search of a challenging yet picturesque route. With the majority of the course winding through deep woods, runners will be treated to stunning views of Maryland’s natural beauty. The trail itself is largely buffed out single track making it accessible to runners of all skill levels. The race starts and finishes at the Pavilion picnic area, a short distance from the perimeter trail entrance. There will also be two aid stations along the way to help keep runners hydrated and energized. For those who need to drop off any bags or gear, there will be a designated area just before the second aid station, which is only a short walk from the Start/Finish line. For more information please visit Ultrasignup.com. The Annapolis Striders present this 50K or 20K on the wooded trails and through the meadows of Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The race is limited to 200 participants and has an 8-hour time limit. All entrants that are Annapolis Striders members will receive extra race swag!
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Headphones, pets, babyjoggers, etc. are not allowed during the race given the nature of the course, our concern for the safety of all participants, and our insurance requirements.
Race fees are as follows:
6/1/2023 - 7/31/2023 $20
8/1/2023 - 10/31/2023 $25
11/1/2023 - Race Day (11/11/2023) $30
6/1/2023 - 7/31/2023 $35
8/1/2023 - 10/31/2023 $50
11/1/2023 - Race Day (11/11/2023) $60
All entrants that are Annapolis Striders members will receive extra race swag!
Registration will close when 200 participants are reached.
|6/1/2023 - 7/31/2023||$20/$35|
|8/1/2023 - 10/31/2023||$25/$50|
|11/1/2023 - Race Day (11/11/2023)||$30/$60|
Transfers and Refunds
While we are more than happy to accommodate distance changes, we regret to inform you that no refunds will be offered for such modifications. However, please note that any participant who wishes to switch distances will be responsible for paying the difference in registration fee, if applicable.
As per our race policy, we understand that there are certain extenuating circumstances that may prevent participants from taking part. In light of this, we are pleased to inform you that we do offer refunds for individuals who withdraw due to maternity or deployment reasons.
Packet PickupPacket Pickup is on race morning from 6:30 to 7:30 at the pavillion area, near the Start/Finish.
The 50K course is basically 3.25 loops around the 9.5-mile single track perimeter trail. There are no big climbs nor descents but the rolling hills add up to a total elevation gain of about 2600ft. The Start/Finish is at the Pavilion picnic area. From the start, runners go 0.7 miles on paved road to Aid Station #1 (AS #1) where they enter the perimeter trail, running in a counter-clockwise direction. About 2.25 miles on the trail from AS #1 is the bag drop area. AS #2 has been moved back to it's original location. From AS #1 to AS #2 is approximately 4.5 miles. Runners complete two more loops on the trail then continue to the bag drop area where they exit the loop for a short sprint across a grassy field to the finish. The course is mostly in deep woods; the trail is mostly single track but not very technical. The course is well 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.
The 20K course is basically 1.25 loops around the 9.5-mile single track perimeter trail. There are no big climbs nor descents but the rolling hills. The Start/Finish is at the Pavilion picnic area. From the start, runners go 0.7 miles on paved road to Aid Station #1 (AS #1) where they enter the perimeter trail, running in a counter-clockwise direction. About 2.25 miles on the trail from AS #1 is the bag drop area. AS #2 has been moved back to it's original location. From AS #1 to AS #2 is approximately 4.5 miles. Runners complete one loop on the trail then continue to the bag drop area where they exit the loop for a short sprint across a grassy field to the finish. The course is mostly in deep woods; the trail is mostly single track but not very technical. The course is well 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.
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.
Runners have 8 hours to finish the race. However, in the interest of our dedicated volunteers and to avoid having runners on the course after the 8-hour time limit, runners must reach the bag drop area/trail exit point for their final full 9.5-mile lap by 1:20 p.m. This allows 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete the final full loop on the 9.5-mile trail and the short dash to the finish. Runners arriving at the bag drop area after 1:20 having completed only 2 full loops on the perimeter trail will not be permitted to continue the race.
There will be a nurse and/or another health care professional at the Start/Finish area.
The perimeter trail loop has two aid stations about 4.5 miles from aid station #1 to aid station #2 and about 4.5 miles from aid station #2 back to aid station #1. There will be a porta-pot at aid station #1. The aid stations will have Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, pretzels, bananas, fig newtons, cookies, and maybe some boiled potatoes. Please carry water bottles (handheld, belt, etc.) or wear a hydration pack. We will have a limited number of cups at the aid stations so please plan to bring bottles to fill and use when possible.
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!
AwardsOverall Male/Female, Masters, Senior, Super Senior, and Military (active duty or retired) for both 50k & 20K.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at about 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion.
Bag DropThere will be a bag drop is very close to the start/finish (perhaps 400m), you will place your bag at the bag drop area yourself before the start. You will have access to your bag at about the 5k, 20k, and 35k points on the course. This area will not be covered, please plan accordingly if wet weather is forecast.
Travel and Lodging
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.
More details coming soon.
Email Rosaryville50K@annapolisstriders.org to contact the race director.