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Virginia > Santa's Big Butt Half Marathon & 13.5K
Front Royal, VA



Sunday, December 27, 2009

Event Details

Set for its first-ever running here in this small town in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, which lies just a short drive from the entrance to Shenandoah National Park and features a range of Civil War historic sites, Front Royal's Santa's Big Butt Half Marathon & 13.5 K race will take runners on an out-and-back loop course through the rolling hills here in the valley, from the starting line at Bowling Green Country Club in northern Virginia's Warren County.

Why the name "Santa's Big Butt" for the race, you might ask? The organizers are planning the race as a low-key, fun race unaffiliated with any race or runners organization, and took as inspiration the name that ultramarathon designation "fat ass race" for an event that's informally organized and run without any of the staff or support common at larger races.

They definitely want participants to have fun with this race too, but also caution that there won't be support out on the course, so runners are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and make sure to dress warmly, as conditions will likely be quite cold for this race.

From the starting line at Bowling Green Country Club, on Bowling Green Road just northeast of Front Royal, the race follows a roughly counter-clockwise loop route, heading out first for a stretch around the club's golf course and then out onto Milldale Road, which runners follow for about the next five miles. Runners can expect rolling hills and up-and-down stretches throughout the first half of the race, and then make the turn onto Bordens Spring Road to start the second half.

After the turn onto Bordens Spring, the field follows the road as it heads west and then turns south, for the stretch that takes them all the way southwest back to the finish line at the country club. The biggest hill occurs between mile markers 10 and 12, and then it's mostly downhill (except for one last hill after mile 12) into the finish line.

Note: Please be sure to check the race website (link is below) before traveling to the race, as weather conditions will determine whether the race is held or not.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in northern Virginia, roughly 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., the town of Front Royal typically experiences fairly cold weather conditions in the early winter season, and rain and/or frozen precipitation is possible this time of year. In December, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 46°F and 22°F, while precipitation amounts average about 2.8 inches for the month.


Free for all participants


To reserve your spot in the winter 2009 running of Front Royal's Santa's Big Butt Half Marathon & 13.5K, simply show up on race day at Bowling Green Country Club North.



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