The Best Spring Mountain Ultra in the East!

About the Bel Monte Endurance Races

The Bel Monte Endurance Races is the most fun ultra you'll ever do. Created by ultra runners for ultra runners, BMER has all the qualities most coveted in an ultra: a stunning course on single-track trails, a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, a start/finish location with bonfires, cabins and even dodgy hot-tubs! BMER is what ultras are all about! BMER is the perfect spring ultra and the perfect ultra to do with friends!

Course

Bel Monte includes three races: 50 mile, 50k and 25k. BMER is one of the most scenic ultras in the East and the best spring mountain ultra in the East. The course is stunning with challenging climbs, some technical some more runnable. The out-and-back course always changes and has more runnable sections followed by more technical sections. Some of the climbs are challenging, with the longest on the 50 mile course being about 5.5 miles long. The race begins with 2 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway: the rest of the race is in the George Washington National Forest trail system. The course is 60% single-track, about 30% jeep and gravel road and less than 10% pavement (Blue Ridge Parkway). The start/finish is located at Royal Oaks Resort, where cabins and camping spots are available for rent.

Entry

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BMER is a qualifier for UTMB. It is also part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series.

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Events

BMER includes three events: a 50 miler, 50k and 25k trail races. All three races are an out-and-back course.

Date

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Location

George Washington National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, USA. The closest town is Charlottesville, one of the coolest towns on the East Coast, is only about 35 minutes away.

Course Map

Start Times

All three races will start at Royal Oaks Resort at 6:00am.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will take place on Friday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and on Saturday (race day) from 5:00am to 5:50am at Royal Oaks Resort.

Time limit

The 50 mile race has a time limit of 13 hours. The 50k race has a time limit of 9 hours. The 25k has no "reasonable" time limit (except for the 13 hours 50m time limit). All three races start at 6:00am

Weather

The weather in March in Virginia can be very unpredictable. It can range anywhere from sunny in the 60s to heavy snow or ice storm. Although we never want to, we reserve the right to cancel the race in the case of dangerous weather conditions. Please check the forecast and come prepared. In case of extremely cold weather, camping might not be available at Royal Oaks.

Lodging

Lodging is available at Royal Oaks Resort in cabins of different sizes. Basic camping (start and finish line) is also available. Other campgrounds close-by include Camp Blue Ridge (25 min). The closest hotels can be found in Waynesboro, VA (30-35 min). Wintergreen Ski Resort is also close by (25 min).

Lodging Information

Directions

The start and finish are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Click below for Directions.

Directions

Course

Bel Monte boasts one of the most beautiful mountain courses in the East. The Blue Ridge Mountains in March are a sight to be remembered. The elevation ranges between 3,700 feet and 1,500 feet. The start and finish are at Click HERE for Course Information

Crews and Pacers

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Rules

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Awards
  • All registrants will receive a beautiful race shirt and race goodies
  • All finishers in all three races will receive the coveted Bel Monte finisher medal
  • Top three winners (men and women) in all three races will receive the "Eagle Award"
  • Age group awards winners in each race will receive special awards in these categories: 19<, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80>
  • Everyone, including friends and families, will receive an awesome post-race bonfire party, warm lasagna and the company of the race directors and the race staff!

Pricing
Date 50m  50k  25k
to 7/1   $70  $60  $50
7/2 to 8/1  $90  $80  $65
8/2 to 10/1  $100  $90  $75
10/2 to 12/1  $110  $100  $85
12/2 to 1/31  $120  $110  $95
2/1 to 3/8  $130  $120  $100

 

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