2020 Race and Event Guide

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JANUARY 2020 

Merrell Hike Series

January 25

Elk Knob State Park, N.C.

Join Merrell and Mast General Store on a winter hike in Elk Knob State Park. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Summit Trail, which is 3.8 miles round trip. Visit the Facebook event for details!

facebook.com/mastgeneralstore 

FEBRUARY 2020

Merrell Hike Series

February 8

DuPont State Forest, N.C.

Join Merrell and DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors on a winter hike in DuPont State Forest. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell while exploring 3 waterfalls on a three-mile round-trip hike. Visit the Facebook event for details!

facebook.com/ddbullwinkels 

PACA’S Polar bear plunge

February 15

Luray, Va.

All participants receive a blanket, t-shirt and hot chocolate! Plunge for a chance to win awesome prizes and support a great cause! Costume contest.  Food vendors will be onsite! Teams are encouraged! Register online!

pacapolarbearplunge.com

Merrell Hike Series

February 22

Deep Creek Trail, N.C.

Join Merrell and Bryson City Outdoors on a winter hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Deep Creek Trail, which is a 4.6-mile loop. Visit the Facebook event for details!

facebook.com/brysoncityoutdoors

Spirits of Southern Maryland

February 22

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Md.

This rare opportunity to taste & purchase Craft Spirits from across Southern Maryland will take place amidst a grand collection of historic naval aircraft. The event features full access to the museum, live music, and light fare.

marylandspirits.org/spirits-of-southern-maryland

MARCH 2020

MARATHON OF THE TREASURE COAST

March 1

Martin County, Fla. 

The Marathon of the Treasure Coast is a high-profile signature event in Martin County, Fla., winding through the beautiful ocean communities of Stuart, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island, and Sewall’s Point. The race is more than just a Boston-Qualifying marathon and certified half; it is a fun-filled weekend of races for kids and adults.

treasurecoastmarathon.com

Running of the leprechauns

March 14

Nags Head Woods Preserve, Nags Head, N.C.

Come join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the Running of the Leprechauns (5K & 10K) on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  Each finisher receives a Finishers Medal and an event shirt. The 10K race winds through the beautiful Nags Head Woods Preserve which is owned, maintained, and protected by The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina. obxse.com

Yuengling shamrock marathon weekend

March 20–22

Virginia Beach, Va.

The 48th annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend hosts a race distance for everyone:  Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, and youth events.  Cross the boardwalk finish line and enjoy a St. Paddy’s Day party on the beach with Yuengling beer, Irish stew, music, and more.

shamrockmarathon.com

Asheville marathon

March 22

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.

This 26.2-mile racing event unlike any other takes place in Asheville, N.C. at America’s largest backyard on the Biltmore Estate. Asheville Marathoners

will wind through hardwood forest, meadows, crackling gardens, and breath-taking views of the Biltmore Estate.

idaph.net

Maryland Day

March 25

St. Clement’s Island Museum, Md.

Celebrate the founding of Maryland at the state’s birthplace at St. Clement’s Island Museum with FREE admission to the museum ALL day, free water taxi rides, activities, a ceremony featuring guest speakers and programs, and more.

visitstmarysmd.com/features/maryland-day

The New South Trail Marathon

March 28

U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.

Take on 26.2 miles of singletrack with views of rivers, creeks, and hardwood forests during The New South Trail Marathon at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The New South Trail Half Marathon is available for those looking for a shorter option.

usnwc.org/play/whitewater-race-series/upcoming/the-new-south-trail-marathon

APRIL 2020

Foot Levelers Blue ridge Marathon

April 18

Roanoke, Va.

“America’s Toughest Road Marathon” has more elevation change than any road race in the U.S., offering breathtaking overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and a festival-like finish. Join this three-day running celebration with a welcome party, live music all weekend, and a coffee & donuts recovery “Slow-K”.

blueridgemarathon.com

Tuck Fest

April 24–26, 2020

U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.

Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, yoga, clinics, demos, and live music. Competitions include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, obstacle, and adventure racing. Race registration is a one-time, flat fee to access all competitions throughout the festival.

tuckfest.usnwc.org

DELAWARE RUNNING FESTIVAL

April 26

Wilmington, Del.

The Delaware Marathon Running Festival is an excellent assembly of races for all ages and skill sets. Runners enjoy the best of Wilmington, from the majestic views along the riverfront and through downtown (which could be considered the financial center of the United States). The marathon is challenging, yet BQ-enabling and now includes the Jack Markell Trail. The half covers the first 13 miles of the full marathon. The 5K and kids fun run on the same day amplifies the race day buzz. All include access to brilliant post-race festivities in a beautiful park setting.

delawaremarathon.org

MAY 2020

ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS OUTDOOR EVENT SERIES

May through August 2020

Alleghany Highlands, Va.

This summer, it’s GAME ON. The series is home to four of the most action-packed outdoor events in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you run, bike, swim, all of the above, or simply enjoy great competition, don’t miss out on the fun. It’s uniquely Alleghany.

visitalleghanyhighlands.com/featured-events 

French broad river festival

May 1–3

Hot Springs, N.C.

The 23rd annual French Broad River Festival has grown from a whitewater raft race with a few bands for charity afterwards to a full weekend of music, outdoor adventure, kid’s village, river cleanup, and much more to celebrate this beautiful, historic river in Hot Springs, N.C.

frenchbroadriverfestival.com

FreDerick Running Festival

May 2–3

Frederick, Md. 

Tucked away in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Frederick Running Festival is one of the hidden gems of the running community. Part of the running landscape for nearly 20 years, the festival features four races, which all finish at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Runners can experience a big-time race with small town charm with the added value of off-site packet pick-up in the suburbs of Maryland. Not to mention a top of the line premium, free race photos, free parking, and more!

frederickrunfest.com

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance

May 7–10 & October 8–11

Pittsboro, N.C.

4 Days of music, dance, sustainability, and yoga workshops at a music lovers’ paradise conveniently located 2 hours from Charlotte and less than an hour Raleigh, Durham, and Greensboro! Entering it’s 18th year, this family-friendly event is known for offering a wide variety of musical genres and developing local, regional, and national talent on it’s 4 stages. Camping options include primitive tents, vehicle camping, and RVs. Kids 12 and under are free and 13-15-year-olds enjoy a special youth rate.

shakorihillsgrassroots.org 

St. Michaels Running Festival

May 16

St. Michaels, Md.

The 9th Annual St. Michaels Running Festival includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids run! Set a new PR on the flattest and fastest courses in the mid-Atlantic. Celebrate at our rocking after-party with live music, DJ, local vendors, and a beer garden. All happening in charming, historic, and waterfront St. Michaels Md.

runstm.com

Virginia State Mountain Bike Championship Race – the Bootleggers Blitz

May 24

I.C. Dehart Memorial Park, Woolwine, Va. 

USA Cycling, Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series, and Virginia Off-Road Series all come together for the State Championship for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Scorching fast descents, rock gardens, creek crossings, and beautiful single-track trails of the I.C. DeHart Memorial Park will provide each and every competitor a rewarding challenge.

canecreekcup.com/bootlegger

JUNE 2020

Baltimore 10-Miler

June 6

Baltimore, Md. 

With its early June race date, The Baltimore 10-Miler is a perfect bridge from late Spring to Summer.  A challenging yet fair course, the 10-Miler takes participants through parts of Baltimore that are often not appreciated when driving through them.  The premiums for this race never disappoint and the post-race party– with live Jimmy Buffet music in 2020– is a great reward for completing the race. Not to mention the cold towels, fresh watermelon, and icy craft beer that are icing on the cake.

baltimoretenmiler.com 

Lockn’ Festival

June 19–21

Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington, Va. 

LOCKN’ Festival 2020 returns to Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Va. for an all-star celebration of Phil Lesh’s  80th birthday June 18-21, 2020. A “Steal Your Thursday” add-on is new this year, allowing attendees to kick off their festival with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

locknfestival.com

SEPTEMBER 2020

New River Trail Challenge

September 19

New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows, Va.The anchor race of the Virginia State Parks Adventure series, www.dcr.virginia.gov/AdvSeries, the Challenge is one of the largest and toughest Adventure Triathlons in Virginia. Started in 2000, the race features a 40-mile bike ride, 12.1-mile kayak, and half marathon along the scenic New River. All ages and skill levels can compete solo or in teams. Competitors range from world class athletes to costumed teams and “bucket-listers.”

dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/nrt-challenge

OCTOBER 2020

BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL

October 17

Baltimore, Md.

Charm City’s 20th Annual Running Festival offers races that never disappoint! From the furry cheerleaders at Maryland’s Zoo to the beautiful finish at the Baltimore Inner Harbor, runners are sure to have quite the unique and memorable experience. They’ll tour every corner of the city while tackling some challenging (yet respectable!) hills that only make the post-race festivities all the more amazing and certainly well-earned!

thebaltimoremarathon.com

NOVEMBER 2020

VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond half marathon, & Allianz Partners 8k

November 14

Richmond, Va.

Haven’t #RunRichmond yet? What are you waiting for?! Each of the scenic courses showcase some of RVA’s favorite attributes. With thousands of volunteers and spectators encouraging you, and more race perks than you can count, you’ll see why it’s earned the rep as “America’s Friendliest Marathon”!

richmondmarathon.org

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