An annual Black Friday run – Vicki’s Death March is a VHTRC Fat Ass event – 25ish miles of the “best of” Shenandoah National Park. Starting at the Old Rag parking lot and continuing to White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Little Stony Man, Skyland, Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow, and ending up back in the parking lot of Old Rag where post-run beverages and festivities wait! This year there was considerable ice and snow on the trail which prompted several of us to detour from Skyland taking the Old Rag Fire Road back to the parking lot to avoid ice on Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow. We ended up with 22 miles of glorious trail running with friends on a cold winter day. Absolutely the best way to spend Black Friday.
Day 2 was 24 miles of the “Greatest Hits” of Shenandoah National Park. We started at White Oak Canyon, climbed to Hawksbill, stopped by Skyland, passed Stony Man, turned in at Corbin Cabin Cutoff, past Old Rag and death marched in on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road back to White Oak Canyon. A long and fun day playing in the mountains!
A cool, late spring day with magnificent views, trail gifts and great friends to share the trail with. Happiness.
While many people were out shopping with the mobs in malls, I was lucky enough to be on the top of the world with my running club. Black Friday was the 9th annual running of “Vicki’s Death March”, otherwise known as the Shenandoah National Park’s “greatest hits” trail run. The run started in the Old Rag parking lot and went up White Oak Canyon to Hawksbill summit, following the AT to Skyland, Little Stony Man, Corbin Cabin, Nicholson Hollow and back to Old Rag. Lots of climbing, a fair amount of rocks, roots, leaf cover and even a little ice. It was a gorgeous day, with a bright blue sky and warmish temperatures – a perfect day to play on trail.