Join a bunch of fun-loving people who are as crazy as you are for the 2023 Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50K. The trail is flat, well-maintained, and mostly shaded. But running 31 miles in the summer in Virginia is still crazy. See you on race morning!
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Trail Name: Dahlgren Rail Heritage Trail
Surface: Converted railroad bed. 99.8% dirt, grass, pine needles, crushed stone, small gravel
Setup: The race is an out and back
Elevation: Fairly flat with some gradual inclines and declines. Thankfully trains don’t like steep hills.
Time Limit: There is an 8 hour time limit to finish the race.
Support Crew: Crew assistance is limited to aid station locations. All other on-course support is prohibited.
The race is run entirely on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail which is a converted railroad bed and provides solid footing with little or no roots. This trail is flat, smooth, and fast with a variety of surfaces ranging from dirt, gravel, grass, and pine needles.
The course is an out and back. The volunteers from Friends of the Dahlgren Trail do an excellent job of ensuring that the trail is in peak shape for the race!
The trees along the trail ensure almost 100% shade during the run.