Registration for 2022 races opens January!
Click HERE to get the Race Day Schedule and stay in the KNOW!
The Race Director and the Volunteers do everything they can to make the race go smoothly and safely, but we need YOU to be an active part of this awesome race experience. Click HERE to find out what you can do to keep BRB awesome!
There's a reason why BRB is one of just a handful of races that still allows dogs - our doggie owners follow the rules! Dog owners, click HERE to find out what you should do to keep this tradition viable!
With the exception of the trail, the most exciting part of trail racing is the post-race spread! Click HERE to find out what you get to munch on post-race!
Bring home more than just your wonderful memories! Click HERE to find out what BRB schtuff you'll be able to buy on race day!
What else do you need to know? Click HERE for random questions others have asked over the years.
Registered volunteers report to HQ at the Furnace Stack pavilion to get the party set up (while munching on donuts and slurping hot coffee!)
You MUST check-in on race day! Get your race bib and tech shirt - don't be late! If you picked up your bib and shirt at Prerace Pickup at the ARC, catch the short line at the ARC check-in table on race day so that we know you're racing.
Oh, yes, I have A LOT to say, but I'll try to keep it brief (especially if it's cold!) Make sure to gather 'round and participate in the pre-race briefing - it's IMPORTANT!!!
Sending you beautiful 5Kish folk off into the Forest!!!
After the 5K folk are sent off, take a few minutes to use the restroom, stretch, and warm up and then scoot on over to the starting line so you can get your Buck Ridge Burn groove on!
If everyone follows our timing rules and keeps their bib numbers visible AND we happen to get everything right, we will have a smile-filled, applausey ceremony to celebrate the folks who so swiftly and bravely completed the 5K course.
Make sure to bring extra warm snuggly clothes and blankets so that you can chill on the grass and soak in the groovy soul-filled music of this incredible talent!
Again, if everyone follows our timing rules and keeps their bib numbers visible AND we happen to get everything right, we will have a smile-filled, applausey ceremony to celebrate the folks who so swiftly and bravely completed the Half Marathon course.
In order to be included in the official results, you must complete the course within 4 hours!! Scoot that boodie along and get your finisher's coaster!!!
You are responsible for getting parked and to the race check-in by 830a.m. at the latest. Check-in volunteers have other duties to attend to right away!
Sure, maybe we're a little old school, but this race is NOT CHIP TIMED. We use old fashioned bibs with tear off tags to keep track of our runners and to generate our finisher's lists. Do not cover your bib number with a jacket and DO NOT PIN THE TEAR OFF TAG TO YOUR CLOTHING.
We keep careful track of our runners - don't want to lose anyone! Therefore, we REQUIRE our half marathon runners to check in at these three aid stations. Make sure your number is visible and that the volunteer writes your number down. There will be no check-ins at Aid Station 1.
If you decide, any time after receiving your race number, that you no longer wish to run/continue to run, it is IMPERATIVE that you inform the Race Director or other adult volunteer IMMEDIATELY. We spend inordinate amounts of time and suffer loads and loads of unnecessary stress looking for runners that simply didn't show, decided to go home, or walked off the course without telling anyone. We've been moments away from sending out rescue teams for folks that just didn't feel like running at the last minute.
EVERYONE on the trail deserves kindness, courtesy, and encouragement. The trail is no place for shaming, PERIOD. When/if you need to pass someone, try to wait for a decent spot in the trail that will allow you both to continue running without having to shove someone off and say "Passing on your left/right" and THEN say "Keep up the good work!"
Every year, Buck Ridge Burn has the most incredible team of volunteers. A nicer group of folk you'd be hard pressed to find! Give the volunteers hi-fives, smiles, and THANK them for being there for you. Above ALL, do not harass them or give them grief for following through on rules the Race Director made. If you need to holler at anyone, come holler at ME!
We mark the CRAP out of this course - if you're paying attention you won't get lost. BUT IF YOU DO find yourself on a trail with no markings, STOP and go back to the last place you saw flags. Race Day is not the time to explore alternate routes!
There are HARD cutoffs at Aid Stations 2, 3, & 4, meaning you WILL be stopped from continuing if you do not make it in time. You can find the cut-off times HERE.
Hey listen, I'm just some wacky stay-at-home mama planning a trail race in the precious moments when I am not called to my dozen other primary jobs. I can promise you that I have tried my best to think of EVERYTHING that will keep y'all happy and safe. I know I'll screw something up and when it makes you mad, come talk to ME about it. I will do my best to make it all better, like mamas do!
Buck Ridge Burn is one of very few races that allow you to run with your canine buddies. We love seeing your doggie pals, but in order to keep this privilege, our doggie owners must be aware of and closely follow these rules & guidelines:
We trail runners seriously know how to eat! We pride ourselves on our post-race spread, working hard every year to try to have something for everyone..meat-eaters, veg-heads, gluten-free folk...we want you to EAT and be HAPPY!
Here is what we typically have available on race day for you to munch on...(this list is subject to change)...
Bagels, Cream cheese, Fruit (usually oranges & bananas), Rice Krispie Treats, Cookies (reg & gluten-free), PB&J supplies (not pre-made), Hummus, Crackers, Potato chips, Pretzels
CHICKPEA CASHEW STEW (gluten-free, vegan)
6 foot Subway sandwiches...
Typically available in
Roast Beef, Turkey, Ham, Cheese & Veggie
Coffee (decaf, regular), Assortment of teas, Hot Chocolate, Soda, Tailwind electrolyte replacement, Water
Let's see how LITTLE trash we can generate! Bring a water bottle to use post-race or make sure you write your name on your cup if you use one so you can RE-USE it! The plastic cups are recyclable so make sure they go in the recycling bin. We will likely also have a bin for COMPOST...scrape those plates before disposing of them!
A very limited quantity of these beautiful, hand-etched, rim-tempered pint glasses will be available for purchase at the race.
Previous year pint glasses: $5 each.
2020 glasses: $10 each.
Shortly after race start, previous year long-sleeve shirts and short-sleeve shirts will be available for purchase.
Long-sleeve tech: $10
Short-sleeve tee: $5
There will be JUST A SMALL NUMBER of these beautiful shirts available for purchase at the race. The fabric is so soft, so comfy, and the original design created by Emily Zebel of Wilder Mile Creative. Show off your BRB love not only in the winter, but in the summer as well!
2020 Ltd edition tees: $25
2019 Ltd edition tees: $15
We can of course accept cash for your merch purch, but are also working on having a credit card option available by race day. We will add 2.75% for credit purchases.
So far, YES! We have been graced with doggie owners who are responsible and follow the rules. If you want to bring your dog, please review THIS section above.
Sorry folks. No can do. There will be NO more entries once it fills.
As much as I can sympathize with your situation, the race registration platform is structured with no refunds, no bib transfers, and no deferments. If you ABSOLUTELY must switch distances in order to get your boodie to the race, I will allow it in 2020 as a trial. You must do this through RunSignUp. Follow these instructions here. Note: if you switch DOWN, you will receive no refund for the difference and will incur processing fees.
The two courses overlap for a distance of 1 mile. The Half folks have an extra mile to go before they reach this overlap. Therefore, with a 15min start lag and this extra mile, only the leaders of the Half will catch the tail end of the 5K folk (and don't worry, I KNOW the back of the pack folk are working HARD. I've certainly been there.) If the situation were reversed (the Half starting first and the 5K 15 mins later) the ENTIRE 5K field would land directly in the middle of the entire Half field. No one would love that.
Yes. This race is for YOU! I've chosen not to make this race strictly non-profit so that I can create as wonderful a race experience as I can for you. You deserve it! I believe that people who take care of themselves and stay in touch with the natural world end up happier. Happiness spreads to everyone in your life. This is a great way to make the world a better place!
That being said, BRB DOES make a large donation to the Citizen's Fire Company No. 1 every year, and, through the generosity of our participants, we are able to give to the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace, the Friends of Michaux State Forest, and to the beloved and desperately poor Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon.
Hey friends, don't hesitate to contact me and ask your questions. I will do my best to give you a satisfactory answer in a reasonable amount of time (this "reasonable amount of time" increases the closer we get to race day, be warned).