The Second Annual
Halloweeny Fat Ass Ultra at Spookhill
Detailed Course Description and Turnsheet [pdf]
Where: Hallowed Ground by the Appalachian Trail at Gapland/Spookhill
Sight of Civil War encampment
Hosted by: Sharon and Ted Lapkoff
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8:00 a.m.
Camping available Friday evening at the start
Entry is free and open to all friendly and somewhat competent runners
Start/Finish at intersection of Gapland Road and Stonewall Passage Rohrersville, MD 21779 approximately 1 mile from the Appalachian Trail at Gathland State Park. Run the Appalachian Trail to Weverton, follow the C&O to Maryland Heights. Run the paranormal haunts of South Mt, Maryland Heights, Historic Harpers Ferry. Distance: 31.4. Who cares anyway, itís a fat ass. More or less distance options available.
About the Run: The run will start on a beautiful 50 acre farm with the Appalachian Trail as your backdrop. Please feel free to arrive Friday and pitch a tent. We will have a bonfire and maybe a few ghost stories. This area is also known as Spook Hill. Some say you can put your car in neutral on the hill and the forces to be will pull your car up the hill while in neutral.
...Moving on...so to speak. Start is at 8 a.m. leaving from the farm and running up Gapland Road about one mile to Gathland State Park. Picking up the Appalachian Trail south to Weverton (some rocks & roots). Continue on the AT, out and back to the Weverton Cliff panoramic views overlooking Harpers Ferry Gap, then to your first aid station (about eight miles). Hit the C&O Canal for four miles to the base of scenic Maryland Heights and your second aid station, no tricks just treats.
This is where the real fun begins. A nice steady climb for the first few miles. Imagine the Civil War spirits by your side, no shoes, carrying cannons, cannonballs, muskets and the like. You were just thinking that you had it rough. Run along the ridge, out and back to the viewpoint, then it's all downhill. Maryland Heights/Stone Fort is about a five mile loop,bringing you back to aid station #2/3. Cross the old railroad bridge into West Virginia and a scary easy run through some historic Harpers Ferry haunts. Back across the Potomac River into Maryland for some flat on the C&O canal and retrace your steps back to Weverton and aid station #4. Stock up, as this is your last aid station before the finish. Here you have mile climb on single track switchbacks, to Weverton Cliffs, where you can enjoy the . Another six miles north on the AT to Gathland. Take a left on Gapland Road, retracing your steps to the finish.
Now that you had the treats, this is where you get the tricks. Kickback, relax, and enjoy the post race party.
See: Detailed Course Description and Turnsheet [pdf]
What to bring: We would like everyone to contribute something for the aid stations and if you are feeling really excited you could bring a dish for the post race party. Refrigeration will be provided for food. Everyone should consider a headlamp as it may be dark at the start. Please use a sharpie to identify your headlamp if you are hoping to get it back later!
Bring a chair and your favorite beverage, see you there. If you know a special someone who would like to volunteer, please include that in an e-mail also.
Post race party with some Halloween games & trickery
One mile from Historic & Haunted Burkittsville, MD home of the BLAIR WITCH!
Let us know if you are interested in more information or if you have any questions. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Enter or Volunteer
Send an e-mail to Ted and Sharon at email@example.com. We may have to limit participation so please let us know you want to come early.
Sharon and Ted Lapkoff
Google Spookhill Burkittsville, MD to learn more about it's history