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The start and finish will be in the Signal Knob parking lot in the George Washington National Forest (at the northern end of the Fort Valley) off of Route 678, west and south of Front Royal, Virginia.
Elizabeths Furnace 50K course is very challenging, composed primarily of mountainous, technical singletrack trails, with some stretches of fire roads. Total elevation gain is approximately 6,070 feet. Since the race is being held in the mountains in late winter, the weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared! Virtually the entire course is forested, so blowdowns and other trail obstacles may be encountered. Under normal conditions there will not be any significant stream crossings, but wet feet and mud are likely on the Mudhole Gap and lower Sherman Gap portions of the run, and in wetter years, in other portions of the course. And the five stream crossings in the Mudhole Gap section may, under unusual circumstances, turn into significant water obstacles (see 2010 event photos). If you are not used to running for extended periods unaided on very technical trail, you may want to pass on this run.