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2018 Spring Thaw Trail Run Series


That's right.... We have four Spring Thaw events this year on Virginia's fabulous trails! Our 6th annual Spring Thaw Trail Series offers five weekends of trail runs (and mountain bike races, too, if you like) on three different trail networks to challenge all abilities. Race once or a few times, or tackle all the Thaws (at an amazing price)! 


Want to mountain bike, too? Awesome. Check out our Spring Thaw MTB events held on the same day at Early Mountain Vineyards, Conway Robinson State Forest, and Pocahontas!

Saturday, March 10 [new date] - Sky Meadows State Park

Click here for the participant email sent 2/26 full of race-day information.

At Sky Meadows, you’ll tackle 5K or 10K on awesome trails through meadows, woodlands, pastures, historic farmland, streams, forest, and scrub, leading up to the mountain ridge and fabulous views…and it’s all just an hour west of DC, half an hour from the suburban hustle of NoVA, and right around the corner from some great VA wineries on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Saturday, March 17 - Early Mountain Vineyards

Please click here for the participant email sent Tuesday (3/13) full of race-day information!

Wine at the finish line! Once again, we've partnered with the folks at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, VA to bring you a fun-filled day of trail running and then settling in with a fine Virginia wine in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Early Mountain, part of the Monticello Wine Trail, is set on a historical site with gorgeous grounds and a downright awesome tasting room. The onsite trails you'll be hitting up are a perfect length for a single loop 5K and two loop 10K course. Once you cross the finish line each participant can partake in a wine tasting (included with the registration fee)! 

Saturday, March 31 - ​Pocahontas State Park

Click here for the participant email with race-day info sent Wednesday, March 28. We can't wait to see you!

Join us at Pocahontas State Park on their flat and scenic trails. Pocahontas is Virginia’s most popular state park thanks to its amazing offerings, and you can’t beat the location just minutes from Richmond! Choose your distance--a 5 mile or 10 mile trail run--and we'll see you at the start line!

Saturday, April 7th [new date] - ​Conway Robinson State Forest

This event has been rescheduled to April 7th due to snow and trail conditions. Click here for the email.


So good we have to keep it in the series! Conway Robinson State Forest is a fast and fun venue for the Spring Thaw. This 444-acre forest nestled in the heart of suburbia has fast, not-technical single and double track that is just a ton of fun for running (and riding). The trails are a perfect length for a single loop 5K and two loop 10K course.


3/10: Sky Meadows State Park
Use Turner Pond Entrance off US 17 (directions to main park for GPS: 11012 Edmonds Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144)

3/17: Early Mountain Vineyards

6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA 22727


3/24: Conway Robinson State Forest

Race parking: 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Gainesville, VA 20155

Packet Pickup/Race start/finish: 13300 Lee Hwy, Gainesville, VA 20155

3/31: Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832


Sky Meadows State Park, Conway Robinson, and Pocahontas State Park 

7:30 am: Packet pickup opens at the race start area

7:30 am-8:45am: Pre-run (optional)

8:55 am: Pre-race brief

9:00 am: Race start 

10:00 am: Awards available

Early Mountain Vineyards 
7:00 am: Packet pickup opens at the race start area

7:00 am-7:45 am: Pre run (optional)

7:55 am: Pre-race brief

8:00 am: Race start 

9:00 am: Awards available


We've lowered the prices so you can race more! Fees vary based on race length, location, and time from race date.

Sky Meadows


  • $20 Opening (Until 1/5/18)

  • $25 Early (Until 2/2/18)

  • $30 Late (Until 3/9/18)

  • $40 On site/race day


  • $25 Opening (Until 1/5/18)

  • $30 Early (Until 2/2/18)

  • $35 Late (Until 3/9/18)

  • $45 On site/race day

Early Mountain Vineyards


  • $20 Opening (Until 1/20/18)

  • $25 Early (Until 2/17/18)

  • $30 Late (Until 3/16/18)

  • $40 On site/race day


  • $25 Opening (Until 1/20/18)

  • $30 Early (Until 2/17/18)

  • $35 Late (Until 3/16/18)

  • $45 On site/race day

Conway Robinson State Forest


  • $20 Opening (Until 1/28/18)

  • $25 Early (Until 2/25/18)

  • $30 Late (Until 4/6/18)

  • $40 On site/race day​


  • $25 Opening (Until 1/28/18)

  • $30 Early (Until 2/25/18)

  • $35 Late (Until 4/6/18)

  • $45 On site/race day



  • $35 Opening (Until 2/4/18)

  • $40 Early (Until 3/4/18)

  • $45 Late (Until 3/30/18)

  • $55 On site/race day​


  • $40 Opening (Until 2/4/18)

  • $45 Early (Until 3/4/18)

  • $50 Late (Until 3/30/18)

  • $60 On site/race day​


SPECIAL YOUTH PRICING: All participants age 16 and younger can race any distance for $20. When you enter an applicable birth date at the registration page, you will see a "Special Pricing" option to click. (No other discounts can be applied.)


SPECIAL “THAW DEAL”: Race all 4 for $100 (shorter distances) or $125 (longer distances). Tempting, right?! Deal ends midnight on March 2.

Every participant will receive a sweet hat at their first Spring Thaw race! Event shirts are available for purchase during online registration up to 10 days before the event for $10. If you have already registered and would like to purchase a shirt, click the shirt below, then More, then Add-Ons.


Once you cross the finish line, you can head over to the timing trailer to get your results on site. Results also can be found online here.

Race-Day Pics

We will have our volunteers out on the course to capture some great pictures of you. Click below for photos from the previous series.

2018 Spring Thaw at Sky Meadows State Park

2018 Spring Thaw at Early Mountain Vineyards


2017 Spring Thaw Series

2016 Spring Thaw at The Greens (3/12)

2016 Spring Thaw at Conway Robinson State Forest (3/19)

2015 Spring Thaw Series


The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering, we'd love to have you join the fun!  We have options for individuals, groups and families.  Donations to charities  are available.  Looking to complete service hours?  We can help you out with that too. Click on the venue you would like to help out at to sign up as a volunteer.

March 3 - Sky Meadows State Park

March 17 - Early Mountain Vineyards

March 24 - Conway Robinson State Forest

March 31 - Pocahontas State Park

Post-Race Food

Recharge with delicious calories from our post-race spread of snacks.


Race Day Categories

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, each distance

    • Under 16

    • 16-19

    • 20-29

    • 30-39

    • 40-49

    • 50+

Cancellations and Transfer Policy

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