Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K

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Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K
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Run the trail with more locks and dams per mile than any other trail in the United States! The seven-mile Chessie Trail, situated at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, parallels the scenic Maury River and connects historic Lexington, Virginia, with the boom-town community of Buena Vista. The smooth gravel and grass trail runs along the former Chesapeake and Ohio rail line and parts of the earlier James and Kanawha Canal towpath. You’ll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams. View wildlife from fish and ducks to rabbits, wild turkeys, and even bald eagles (if you are lucky), feel the cool moist air as you pass small caves, and enjoy the serenity of a breeze rustling through a bamboo forest.
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Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K
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Calendar
Sat, Oct 19, 2019
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Lexington, United States
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Where and when
Location
Jordan's Point Park, Stono Ln, Lexington, VA 24450, USA
Start times
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
Half Marathon: 8:00 AMMarathon: 8:00 AM5K: 8:30 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K
5K
Distance
5km
$20 - $25
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
Elevation
73m+
$25 - $45
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
$35 - $55
Route information
This year the Full Marathon is back, following a very successful inaugural run last year! Runners will get to see the whole trail twice. You will be amazed at how the landscape changes as the sun comes over the cliffs transforming the narrow valley and the sparkling river at its bottom. Spectators will agree that this is the best marathon course ever as they cheer on their loved ones five times without ever having to leave the park-like setting of the start/finish area. And while we certainly hope this doesn’t happen, if you have to change your marathon run to a half marathon or ¾ marathon, you won’t have to worry about hitchhiking back to your car. Ideal for the first-time marathoner!
Half Marathon runners will see nearly all of the trail as they head east towards Buena Vista, loop back to the starting line on the way to Lexington, and then loop back down to the finish line.
5K runners will head towards Lexington, running along remote sections of the Maury River through forests and fields, and at the base of towering limestone cliffs. When the river bends into a double horseshoe, they will loop back for a slightly downhill finish.
What's included
​​Full Marathon:
  • Custom embroidered race hat.
  • Custom long-sleeve tech race t-shirt.
  • Complimentary brew from Lexington’s own Southern Inn (except students and minors).
  • Free parking near start/finish line.
  • Chip timing.
  • Custom medals for all finishers.
  • Drop bag table at start for personal belongings.
  • Aid/drink stations thoughout the course.
  • Awards to top 2 overall finishers (each sex) and winners of 12 age groups.
  • Post race party with pizza, snacks, and beverage.
  • Results posted online.
Half Marathon:
  • Custom long-sleeve tech race t-shirt.
  • Complimentary brew from Lexington’s own Southern Inn (except students and minors).
  • Free parking near start/finish line.
  • Chip timing.
  • Custom medals for all finishers.
  • Drop bag table at start for personal belongings.
  • Aid/drink stations thoughout the course.
  • Awards to top 3 overall finishers (each sex) and winners of 12 age groups.
  • Post race party with pizza, snacks, and beverage.
  • Results posted online.
5K:
  • Custom tech race t-shirt.
  • Free parking near start/finish line.
  • Chip timing.
  • Drop bag table at start for personal belongings.
  • Aid/drink stations thoughout the course.
  • Awards to top 2 overall finishers (each sex) and winners of 12 age groups.
  • Post race party with snacks, and beverage.
  • Results posted online.
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How to get there
Jordan's Point Park, Stono Ln, Lexington, VA 24450, USA
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Event day logistics
Parking at McKethan Park will open at 6:30 a.m. Look for signs from Old Buena Vista Road. Packet pick up will be available from 6:30 – 7:30 at the second pavilion across from the baseball field. If you do not pick up your packet on Friday night at Walkabout Outfitters, you will need to do so before heading down to the race start/finish. After this, then you can proceed down to the parking area and head down to the start/finish. There are bathroom facilities at the pavilion packet pickup area. If you do collect your packet on Friday, there is no need to stop at the pavilion. A bag drop area for personal belongings will also be set up near the starting line and you must have your bib number to drop and pick up your bag. Porta-potties will also be available near the starting line. Snacks and beverages for the runners will be set up near the start/finish line.
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Spectator Info
Spectators may park at McKethan Park for free, and walk a short distance down to the trail and the start/finish line. There are very few access points to the trail and none with good parking. So the best choice for spectators is to remain at the start/finish line. The full and half marathon runners will come back by the start line 7.8 miles into the race. The start/finish area is beneath an I-81 overpass, so spectators may stay out of the sun/rain, if they so choose.
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