Saturday, Septmeber 11, 2021
Registration is open on Ultrasignup.
In addition to the event running, all solo entrants who register before August 1st will receive a hoodie, finisher's mug, sticker, post-race food. We will hope to provide the same for those registering after August 1st, but based on production lead time, is not guaranteed. 100 mile finishers will also receive a buckle. Relay team members will receive an event T (instead of hoodie) and sticker.
A portion of profits will be donated to the Virgil Fire Department, Finger Lakes Trail Conference, and clubs which support the event.
The Virgil Crest Ultras. Although bringing you an updated course for 2021, Virgil retains the original format of beautiful forest, big climbs and descents, and a course configuration conducive to connection. With an elevation gain upwards of 22,000' for the 100, and ratio'd for the other distances, the course will challenge the toughest and most seasoned trail vets. It still Aint for Sissies.
A distinction of Virgil though, is that the terrain may be more runnable than nearly any other northeast event of its elevation grade. That is, the course isn't a barrage of rocks and technical footing. If your quads, calves, and mind can handle it, you can run it. With liberal cut-offs, despite the elevation metrics, first-timers are just as likely to reach the finish as seasoned vets. Commit yourself to it, hang in there when the miles get rough, and 100 milers, just make it to sunrise.
This may be a one-year return for all those who feel they needed one more shot. So, if you ever wished you'd run, or not quit, here's your shot. It'll be good to have you.
P.S., although it never rained at Virgil, please be prepared for the possibility.
We're hopeful that by August the COVID situation will be more under control from various angles. It's possible that we'll move to a wave-start format with additional considerations made at aid stations and along the lines of what we've used at Cayuga Trails and Breakneck Point in 2020 and 2021, but with additional provisions at aid stations. We'll touch base on these as we get closer.