7:30 AM, March 30th, 2019
Entering its fifth year, the Dogwood 12 Hour Run has undergone major changes. The race is now a 24 Hour race featuring 10 mile, 12 hour solo, 12 hour relay, 24 hour solo and 24 hour relay options.
The race will be held at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay Virginia. The race features a 3.47 mile loop. A 10 mile option is also available for those who don’t want to run the entire 12 or 24 hours. The relay option also returns this year. Teams will be composed of 4 runners. They can be same gender or mixed gender teams. Participants will have full aid available to them every time they complete a loop.
Runners will pass by the start every 3.47 miles. There will be a full menu of food and aid available during the day. In addition to normal ultra food there will be lunch and dinner items served. This includes hot dogs and our world famous Quesadillas! Vegetarian options will be available. The course features rolling hills and approximately 246 feet of elevation gain each loop. There are two stream crossings that may dampen your shoes depending on the water levels. There are numerous views of the water throughout the course. The start line has a pavilion for runners gear and a playground for the families.
Seen enough? Head over to the registration page:
The last day to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt is March 15th! Registration closes for everyone on March 28th.
10 Mile- $30
12 Hour Solo- $70
12 Hour Relay- $105
24 Hour Solo- $105
24 Hour Relay- $200
All prices go up on March 1st. These are the best prices you’ll find around so sign up early. Teachers, Law Enforcement, Military, Nurses and other First responders use the code THANKS for a discount.
Twin Lakes State Park has a number of cabins that may be rented. There is also a campground a couple hundred yards from the start line. The Campground at Twin Lakes State opens the first weekend of March and is the best value for the race. It sits less than 400 meters from the start line. There is one hotel in Burkeville, approximately 10 minutes away. The other nearest hotels are in Farmville, a 20 minute drive away.
All runners signing up by March 15th are guaranteed a shirt. Runners signing up after are not guaranteed a shirt. The shirts will be long sleeve shirts. Female shirts often run small so female runners wanting a larger shirt should order up a size.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in each distance. Only the 1st place relay team will receive an award. Finisher’s awards will be given to all runners completing a 50k, 50 mile, 100k or 100 mile distance. Runner’s finishing 100 miles will receive a belt buckle. Only complete laps will count. There is a 5 minute grace period given for runners to finish a lap after 12 or 24 hours. After that, the lap will not count. Runners must be present in order to qualify for a prize. The following laps must be completed to achieve noteworthy distances:
50k- 9 laps (31.23)
50 miles- 15 (52.05 miles)
100k- 18 laps (62.46 miles)
100 miles- 29 laps (100.63 miles)
Crew are encouraged at all times to interact with their runners at the start line and crew area only. Pacers are permitted anytime after 12 hours for the 24 hour solo runners. Pacers are permitted after 8 hours for the 12 hour solo runners. Pacers should check in with race staff prior to going out. Runners and crew members are encouraged to establish their base camp beside the pavilion, not above the hill. No muling permitted.
Participants running after dark must carry light. Pacers running after dark must also carry light.
Hydration and Weather
The spring weather in Virginia is really unpredictable. Therefore runners must carry hydration at all times. Late March in Virginia could see rain, snow, 70 degree days and 20 degree nights. They could see all of this in one day. Runners should be prepared for all elements.
Because we are in a day use area there are some rules we need to follow. Canopies (think things without walls) are allowed in base camp. As are coolers and chairs. Tents are not allowed in the day use area. If you think you’re going to want to take a nap during the race rent a campsite. The campground is a 1 minute drive away. If you choose to leave the race start/finish area you need to let a volunteer know.
The following are the rules for relay teams:
- Relay teams are comprised of 4 people. There is no gender requirement. They can mixed or same gender. Regardless of team make up all relay teams compete against each other
- Each runner must run at least one lap every 6 hours. The only exception to this is if a runner gets injured. Teams do not have to run loops in the same order. They can have one person run multiple laps consecutively if they choose.
- Any relay runner on the course after dark must carry light
- Top two relay teams receive prizes
- No pacing of relay runners is allowed (the only exception is if the entire team wishes to go on a lap together for their final loop)
Runners will start at Shelter #2. They will follow Goodwin Lake Trail until they reach the boat access for Goodwin Lake. They will turn left onto the road and follow it until they reach the boat access for Prince Edward Lake. Here they will turn right onto Otter’s Path Trail. They will follow Otter’s Path trail all the way around Prince Edward Lake until they reach the between the Lakes Trail. Here they will turn right onto Between the Lakes Trail and follow it to Goodwin Lake Road. They will turn right onto Goodwin Lake Road and follow this back to the pavilion. Don’t let the 246 feet of elevation change fool you. This is a difficult course. There are very few flat areas so you must constantly change your speed. You can find a link to the route here: