Virgil Crest Ultras – Race Review

Today’s post is a review of the Virgil Crest Ultras. Tomorrow’s post will be my race recap (spoiler alert: I ran 9:26 and finished 7th overall in the 50-miler).


Location: Virgil, New York

Date: September 20-21, 2014

Race Organization: five stars original

This race was very well-organized. There is an excellent website and it is packed with information. There was athlete tracking and text alerts for spectators. For participants, there were well-stocked aid stations, a well-marked course and an event that ran very smoothly.


Cost: four stars

Registration for the 50-miler was $75, $90 and $105 (depending upon how early you registered).

Registration for the 100-miler was $165, $185 and $205.

Course: four stars


The course was extremely challenging. It boasts somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 feet of elevation change. This includes several trips up and down some ski mountains (see picture at the top of this post). There was also rocks, roots, mud, small creek crossings and some nighttime running. The 50-mile race had 104 starters and 96 finishers. The 100-mile race had 44 starters and 20 finishers.

Swag: four stars

This year, the race provided arm warmers and a collapsible water bottle. 100-mile finishers also receive a buckle.

Other: five stars original

There was tremendous support at the aid stations. There were lots of people and they were very energetic and supportive. With that being said, this is not your average ultra. It is extremely challenging and I don’t think people should use it as their first ultra. For people looking for an extreme challenge, this is the race for you!

Overall: four stars

Overall, this is a good race. It is very humbling, and at the same time, the finish is very gratifying. Ian Golden is an awesome race director and he is on top of every detail. The race is held in a beautiful area at a lovely time of year.

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4 Responses to Virgil Crest Ultras – Race Review

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Incredible pace, congrats on your big day.

  2. Congrats on a great race. Looks killer.

  3. Christy Lee says:

    very true I was naive to how challenging this course was…it was my first 50k , you could say I hiked so much of the way and the food was awesome at the aid station! Potatoes in salt my fav.

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