The Thomas Jefferson 100K course is designed along the lines of other well-established multiple-loop courses on the American ultra circuit. Races such as Javelina Jundred in Arizona, Rocky Raccoon in Texas, and Umstead in North Carolina provide runners with excellent opportunities to run long distances over trail without dealing with the complicated logistics of point-to-point courses or single loop courses. While multiple loop courses require a certain amount of mental fortitude they are also wonderful ways for families, friends and spectators to enjoy the race experience along with the runners. The Thomas Jefferson 100K will provide runners with a challenging 100K course in a controlled, manageable environment.
The course consists of a 8.9 mile loop that is repeated seven times, for a total of 62.3 miles. There are two aid stations per loop: one at the start/finish (with crew & drop bag access) and a second 4.2 miles into each loop.
Photos of the course taken on a snowy training run.
A virtual tour of the trails at Walnut Creek Park is available on terrain360.com.
The race is held in Walnut Creek Park, a 525 acre county park in Albemarle County, VA, about a 15 minute drive south of Charlottesville.
There is a Friday evening packet pickup and pre-race dinner, held at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville.
The dinner is mandatory for runners and the cost is included in your entry fee.
There is also a Sunday morning post-race breakfast and awards ceremony, which will also be at Tandem Friends School.
There are several convenient hotels in the area.
Camping is not permitted in Walnut Creek Park, but there is a KOA nearby.
The closest airport is Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO) located 8 miles north of Charlottesville. The nearest international airports are Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), both about 100 miles north of Charlottesville.
Crews are only permitted at the start/finish area, where they will see their runner every 8.9 miles.
Runners may have pacers on loops 6 and 7.
All runners will need flashlights and/or headlamps. Sunrise is 6:25 a.m. and sunset is 6:21 p.m. Even if you are fast enough to finish before dark, you’ll need a light for a good hour in the morning. Most runners will finsih well after dark.
For now, no. We are working on securing a permit with the county.
The race is limited to 200 runners.
Yes. Runners will not be able to start the final loop after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Dogs are permitted in the park, but must be on a leash at all times.
Entry opens on December 1, 2013. Entry fee is $100 before March 1st, $120 thereafter. Entry closes on March 13th at 6 p.m. There is a 200 runner limit.
Are you a runner with questions? Want to volunteer? Feel free to contact us.
Andy Jones-Wilkins is a veteran ultrarunner and professional educator. In a running career spanning more than two decades, AJW has run more than 80 ultras and 29 100 mile races. It has been a long-term goal of his to direct his own race and the TJ100K is that race.
The entire TJ100K course is run over the excellent singletrack trail network of Albemarle County’s Walnut Creek Park. As such, all proceeds from the event will support trail development and maintenance in the Albemarle County Park System.