Hungry Mother 25K & 50K

April 7, 2018 at 8:00 am

Nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Hungry Mother State Park offers a challenging network of trails. This 50K is two laps of a 15.6 mile course with approximately 3,500 feet elevation gain per lap. (The 25K will be one lap of the same course.)
The park consists of some well-groomed as well as more technical trail sections. Click HERE for the Facebook event. Click HERE to register. For a course map, please click HERE. The aid station distances and cut off times are listed below. Best of all, this event supports Imagination Library of Smyth County. Your registration helps get free books in the hands of our county’s children! Feel free to call or email us with any questions: or 276-783-3161. 

Our top male and our top female will both receive a $100 gift card from Altra Shoes!

Each finisher will receive a performance shirt, a meal, and a unique finisher award. The meal comes from a local favorite: Sister’s Café & Gifts who are well known for their delicious café menu. You can order additional sandwiches or meals from the registration page. This is handy since it is a ten minute drive from the park to get to any restaurants.

  • Receive a 25% camping discount at Hungry Mother State Park good for Friday and Saturday nights the weekend of the race! After you register, we will share the discount code with you. Enjoy this beautiful state park after the event. We also want to thank the park for letting us host this race and for being so great to work with.
  • We appreciate the support from Richardson Ambulance Service for our race. Ultra trail running can be dangerous. Having them on site at the race gives us peace-of-mind.
  • We’re excited to have Hammer Nutrition as one of our sponsors again this year. Having Endurolyte and Heed at the full aid stations, along with gel packs will make a huge difference for our runners.
  • We want to thank the Town of Marion for supplying the barricades for our beer area! Without the barricades, we would not be able to serve beer at this event.
  • We want to express our gratitude to The Bank of Marion for sponsoring this race. This outstanding community bank continually shows support for organizations that help the residents of Smyth County. This race is ultimately a fundraiser for Imagination Library of Smyth County and would not be possible without their support!
  • Thank you to Pepsi Bottling Company for providing drinks for our runners.
  • Thanks to Altra Shoes for sponsoring our race and donating the gift cards for our winners.


Aid Station Distances and Cut Off Times

Water 2.8
Full Aid 5.5
Water 8.2
Full Aid 9.9
Water 11
Water 13.5
Start/Finish Full Aid 15.6 – End of 25k
Water 18.4
Full Aid 21.1
Water 23.8
Full Aid 25.5
Water 26.6
Water 29.1
Finish 31.1 

You will have ten hours to complete the 50K and five hours for the 25K.
There will only be two on course cutoff times for the 50K.
-If you are over 5 hours on Lap 1, then you will not be allowed to start Lap 2.
-If you have not left the aid station at mile 25.5 (which begins the tough climb up to Molly’s Knob) by the 8 hour mark you will be required to continue straight to the Start/Finish area bypassing the climb up Molly’s Knob and the Raider’s Run/Old Shawnee Loop.


Thank you to our sponsors!