FOTM 2014 race update

October 24, 2014


FOTM_2014aA call for volunteers, a reminder of the race weekend timeline of events and a special statement about race T-shirts.

We are in desperate need for volunteers. Remember, this is a trail race — trail runners know to be self-sufficient. However, to more thoroughly enjoy your race-day experience, it’d be great if some people would step up and  help this one last time. Please email if interested in helping.


* Race weekend hotline: 910-331-4130 (no texting, please!) And please do not leave a voicemail message. If your call isn’t answered, I’m busy – try calling back. I will not be checking voicemail.


Here is your race weekend timeline of events:

Saturday, Oct. 25

2-4 p.m.: Bib distribution at Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters (Exit 64 off I-68).

Sunday, Oct. 26

5 a.m. – 6:20 a.m.: Bib distribution 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

* There will be no race-day registration or payments accepted on race morning. All this must be completed by 4 p.m. Saturday. 


A special statement on race shirts

Due to professional and family obligations, the design and production order for the Fire on the Mountain 50K race shirts for the 2014 event, scheduled for Oct. 26, was never placed.

This is one of many downsides of the race director living 450 miles away from the venue and a reason why this is the fifth and final Fire on the Mountain footrace in Green Ridge State Forest (and the final race of the Potomac Highlands Distance Club).

The phrase “no refunds” was plastered on all race-related material. However, as RD I am modifying that statement to this:

If you paid for a shirt, and you show up to claim your bib number, you will be issued a refund check of $18 either on Saturday during bib number pick-up

If you are not there to claim your bib number and paid for a shirt, you’re out of luck — but you’d be out of luck anyway because you wouldn’t be refunded under any other condition, either.

If you are running in place of another runner, and that runner paid for a shirt, that runner’s still out of luck because he or she is not there to collect a refund for the shirt.

I’m really sorry about this, everyone, and hate letting you down. But it’s because of my inability to meet your needs in areas  like that behind the move to make this the last Fire on the Mountain 50K. What is promised Sunday is a 32-mile footrace through the wonder that is Green Ridge State Forest, a start line and a finish line … simply put, a great day in the woods.

– Kevin



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