Fire on the Mountain 50K

Welcome to the 5th annual Fire on the Mountain 50KShunney_low-res
and 2-person relay

* 2014 results and photo gallery
** Thanks to our amazing volunteers and awesome runners for another great year in Green Ridge State Forest.

* Top 10 Men and Women performance through the first 4 years now available – click here!

* Directions to parking area/finish line. Click for Google map here. … Take Exit 62 off I-68. * Take 144/National Pike West. * Turn left onto Old Williams Road. * Turn left onto Black Sulphur Road. * Turn right onto Wallizer Road. * Meet-up area is Mountain Bike trailhead on left. It will be DARK on race morning. Drive slowly and pay attention.

Drop bag info:
You will bring your own drop bag and put it into a designated vehicle on race morning before boarding the bus (which leaves at 6:30 a.m.) The bags will be available at Aid Station 4 (mile 16, the “oasis”). Don’t put car keys in the bags! The bags might not beat you to the finish line. And if you forget to pick up your drop bag and request us to mail it, we might (if we can find it) but you will incur the wrath of the RD. It takes not only money, but time, and sometimes that’s difficult to come by.

2014 Race weekend timeline of events:

Saturday, Oct. 25

2-4 p.m.: Packet pick-up at Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters (Exit 64 off I-68). Course map (JPG)

Sunday, Oct. 26

5 a.m. – 6:20 a.m.: Packet pick-up begins at finish line (Mountain Bike Loop trailhead off Wallizer Road)
6:30 a.m. – Bus departs (on time) finish line area for start line
7:30 a.m. – 50K begins
4:30 p.m. – cutoff time for official finishers

* 2013 race page (results, photos, split times and more)
2012 race page (results, photos, split times, video)
* 2011 race page (results, photos, race reports) 2011 results
* 2010 – results and photos – results

Check the PHDC Facebook group page for race and club updates.

Relay team information
The relay is self managed. That means that Runner 1 will ride the bus to the start. Runner 2 will drive his/her own car to the relay exchange zone. Runner 2 has the option of driving to the start, watching that, watching his/her runner go through aid stations 1 and 2 and then going to the relay exchange zone.

Changes for the 2013 race include:
– Aid Station 3 will now be manned
– A seventh Aid Station will be added
– What is now AS 6 will be relocated to near its original (2010) location at the newly constructed Zumbrun Overlook.
– Other changes to be announced later.

 

 2014 information:

FLINTSTONE, Md., Oct. 26, 2014 — Entry for the third annual Fire on the Mountain 50K will open June 1

What: Fire on the Mountain 50K  point-to-point trail run and 2-person relay

When: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 (snow/ice date of Nov. 2)

Where: Green Ridge State Forest, in eastern Allegany County, Md. (about 80 minutes from the start line of the JFK).

What else: This 5th annual event, staged by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club, is a point-to-point trail 32-mile trail run inside one of the east coast’s hidden treasures. Located about 10 minutes west of Hancock, Md., participants park at the finish line, catch the bus and run from the start (Point Lookout, in Little Orleans) back to the finish — only, not exactly in a straight line.

Shirts: We’ve had issues dealing with shirts in the past (though not in 2012 or 2013). So here’s what seems to have worked:

This year, those who pre-register (on or before about Oct. 8) and order a shirt will be guaranteed that shirt IF the runner (or friend) picks it up before or on race day. If the shirt is not picked up, it will not be mailed (even if you offer to pay for shipping). We simply don’t have the time. We also won’t guarantee the shirt will be waiting for you on race day 2013.

If you do not order a T-shirt at time of registration, there could be a shirt available for you on race day (if there are shirts that are not claimed by the end of the race). In addition, we are willing to place a re-order of shirts. However, the cost will increase to $25 (from $18) to cover increased costs of a smaller order (and re-shipping to you, the runner).

Under no circumstances will there will be refunds of shirt money.

Refunds on entry fees: There will be no refunds on entry fees. In 2011, a freak snowstorm caused the postponement of the race due to unsafe, icy conditions. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy threatened (but did not impact) the event. We can not offer refunds – generally, the money is spent on an as-needed basis well before event day, in preparation for the race and all participants.

We will continue to consider deferments on a case-by-case basis. The goal is to keep it to a minimum. Hopefully we won’t have to begin asking for documentation. Questions? Send an email to run@phdispatch.com.

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Race weekend timeline of events:

Saturday, Oct. 26

2-4 p.m.: Packet pick-up at Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters (Exit 64 off I-68). Also serves as final day of registration. Course map (JPG)

Sunday, Oct. 27

5 a.m.: Packet pick-up begins at finish line (Mountain Bike Loop trailhead off Wallizer Road)

6:30 a.m. – Bus departs (on time) finish line area for start line

7:30 a.m. – 50K begins

4:30 p.m. – cutoff time for official finishers

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Aid Station information — pretty much finalized for 2014
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Please note items are subject to change, but the general goal is to only add to, not subtract from, items listed available for each aid station. Also note, new for 2014, we will not have any sort of gels at the aid stations. Bring your own and you’ll be guaranteed to have the flavor and brand you want.

Course map (JPG)

Aid Station 1 — 5.6 miles
Supplies:  Water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pb & j slices, pretzels

Aid Station 2 — 3.3 / 8.9 miles
Supplies:  Water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pb & j slices, pretzels, baked potato wedges with kosher salt, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Pringles chips, M&Ms, gummy bears

Aid Station 3  — 3.8 / 12.7 miles
Supplies: Water only

Aid Station 4 (a.k.a. “the oasis” and relay exchange zone)
— 3.7 / 16.4 miles (a.k.a. the “Oasis” and Relay Exchange Zone)
Supplies:  Water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pb & j slices, pretzels, baked potato wedges with kosher salt, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Pringles chips, M&Ms, gummy bears

Aid Station 5 — 4.5 / 20.9 miles

Water and Gatorade

Aid Station 6 — 1.9 / 22.8 miles (this location will change slightly)
Supplies:  Water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pb & j slices, pretzels

Aid Station 7 — 4.4 / 27.2 miles (this location will change, closer to the finish line by a mile or so)
Supplies:  Water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pb & j slices, pretzels

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Spectator information

Last year, for the first time, we had spectators park in areas that were not designated as spectator parking. One driver, instead of obeying to the rules and adhering to the race director’s request to move the vehicle, asked “why” when asked to move the vehicle WHILE THE PERSON WAS PARKED ON THE COURSE. The first runner came through the area without the issue resolved, which put the runner at risk. This was completely unnecessary.

This year, we will be strictly enforcing spectator-related rules. If the spectator does not comply with the first request of an event staff or volunteer (and/or common sense), the runner the spectator is following risks disqualification. It’s a safety issue, folks; one I never thought I’d see come up on what could very much be a spectator-friendly course.

This year, spectators are allowed at the start (but no parking on Carroll Road), Aid Station 4, Aid Station 5 and the finish line. There is simply not enough room at Aid Station 2 to allow parking.

Spectators – some of you offered, in the days before the race, to volunteer and follow your runner through the race. This is not only permitted (limited to a  certain number of people) but encouraged — and we are grateful for your help. Contact the RD at run@phdispatch.com if you’re interested in being a part-time event volunteer.

Gels: We won’t supply them on the race course any longer. Bring your own; put some extras in your drop bag that you have access to at mile 16. You’ll be good to go with the flavor(s) you want.

Deferments: Beginning Oct. 28, 2013 forward for future FOTM events, no deferments except for military deployment (PCS/ETS/leave not included).